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Developer adds 15-foot berm to plans for Cherry Hill Business Park

City Hall on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Joliet, Ill.
City Hall on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Joliet, Ill.

A developer is adding a 15-foot berm to its plans for two new warehouses in the Cherry Hill Business Park in response to concerns from neighboring residents.

But two residents at a Joliet City Council meeting on Monday said it would not be enough to shield them from trucks operating at the warehouses.

“We’ve listened to the residents, and we believe we’ve gone above and beyond to address all their issues,” said Kenneth Nyenhuis, vice president with Northern Builders.

He said the berms would be topped by 6-foot pine trees that would continue to grow.

Saying the average truck is 13 feet tall, Nyenhuis said, “The dirt is 2 to 3 feet taller than any truck. We buffer not only the view. We buffer the sound.”

The council is slated to vote on the plan Tuesday.

Northern Builders plans to build two warehouses – one 600,000 square feet and the other 420,000 square feet – on 75 acres that is across Cherry Hill Road from a small row of homes called Hobby Acres.

Resident Dennis Parker said his home would still be exposed to trucks because of his location and questioned Northern Builders argument that it was trying to be a good neighbor.

“They never once came to our door and said, ‘We’re going to do this. What are your concerns?’ ” Parker said.

Resident Bob Cialoni questioned whether the berm would shield the warehouses from the homes and said he believed trucks would line up on Cherry Hill Road.

“We just believe that they want to use Cherry Hill Road as a staging area,” Cialoni said.

Nyenhuis said trucks would “absolutely not” use Cherry Hill Road as a staging area.

“It would be unreasonable for anyone to park a truck there,” he said. “You’d be blocking traffic, and you’d be subject to being ticketed by the local authorities.”

Nyenhuis said the projects fit plans for the Cherry Hill Business Park since the development was started in 2005.

The two sites are located near Cherry Hill and Ellis roads.

The Joliet Plan Commission in July voted, 6-1, to recommend approval of the plan. Cialoni and other residents also objected to the plan at that meeting.

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