10/30/2012 9:08:00 PM Additional acres of land
annexed into Braidwood
Marney Simon Staff writer
The city of Braidwood continues to grow.
On Oct. 23, the members of the Braidwood City Council approved the annexation of more than nine acres of land at the corner of Will and Spring Roads. Those nine acres are in addition to more than 400 acres that have been brought into the city over the past year.
The property was annexed to the city by owner KETT Land Development of Coal City, and is 9.42 vacant acres at the southwest corner of the intersection. The land, which is situated in Grundy County, was annexed to Braidwood as residential use. The parcel sits along Braidwood's brand new water and sewer lines which now extend all the way down Will Road to Reed Road.
The spot will be the site of a new home in the near future. But city officials said that the annexation is all part of the overall goal for growth within the city's borders.
"One guy wants to build a house there almost right away," said Mayor Bill Rulien. "But we're looking to expand to the west toward where our boundary agreement with Coal City ends. We're expecting commercial [businesses] to be near that corner in the future."
The boundary agreement between Braidwood and Coal City extends to Berta Road.
The new Braidwood properties added since November 2011 include:
More than three acres at Kennedy Road and I-55, encompassing the Sands Motel.
Twenty-two acres at Kennedy and Kenard.
Farm property at I-55 at Reed Road totaling 356.7 acres and crossing into Grundy County.
Roughly 27 acres on Division Street.
A single residential lot at the corner of Will and Reed Roads.
All of the changes over the past year represent the first time the city's boundary map has changed since 1940.
City officials said they're continuing to work on filling up that newly acquired land with commercial and industrial interests, which would bring tax dollars into the city.
"I've spoken to a few developers and I've met with a couple," said city administrator and police chief Rich Girot. "We're hoping to have future meetings with them about future development.
Girot also noted that developers have approached the city with interest in developing the land.