Residents Voice Concerns Over Libertyville Warehouse Proposal

Libertyville Plan Commission postpones a vote on a proposed warehouse after hearing resident concerns related to increased noise, traffic and lighting.

The Village of Libertyville's Plan Commission heard a proposal from Chicago-based Bridge Development Partners, LLC to construct a warehousing distribution facility on 21 acres of land at 804 East Park Drive Monday, but decided to table a vote to approve after hearing residents' concerns, reported TribLocal.

"Not in my backyard," said residents living near proposed site, according to TribLocal. Residents are concerned the facility could affect their quality of life as a result of increased traffic, noise and lights.

The petitioner is seeking a special use permit for a warehouse and storage facility along Route 176 in the village's General Industrial District, in what is known as the Aldridge Business Center.

Construction would be completed in two phases and renamed Bridgepoint Libertyville, according to the Daily Herald.

Phase 1 would include construction of an 185,750-square-foot warehouse with 38 truck docks and 276 parking spots, while Phase 2 calls for a 220,500-square-foot warehouse with 46 docks and additional parking, reported TribLocal.

The proposal is expected to return to the Libertyville Plan Commission at its Feb. 25 meeting.

Bridge Development Partners, a commerical real estate firm, recently closed on a 103,000 square-foot industrial building at 600 Corporate Woods Dr., in Vernon Hills, in a venture with Dallas-based Hillwood Development Co.

Tell us what you think in the comments.

Sue January 31, 2013 at 07:46 PM
If you have never been to Libertyville and just pass thru via Route 176, you really wouldn't believe what all the fuss is about with Libertyville being such a sought after place to live. The litter along the route is always a nice sight. The old Hough complex that now houses parked school buses, a beauty school training facility and a questionable furniture store leave a lot to be desired. Culvers always looks nice as does the new Green Tree Veterinary Hospital. And I haven't even gotten to the corner of Route 176 and Milwaukee Ave. I sure wish our mayor and trustees (and the owners of the old Shell gas station) would go look at the corner of Milwaukee Ave. and Dundee Road in Wheeling. Fountains, flowers and greenspace. Now that is the way the entrance to the village of Libertyville should look. I don't think we need any more unsightly buildings along Route 176, we have enough of those already.
Bill February 01, 2013 at 11:22 AM
There is a 300 acre park with an existing 360,000 SF warehouse in Waukegan with easy toll way access just waiting for a new owner.
Dave February 01, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Route 176 can't handle any more traffic - much less a heavier volume of truck traffic. Has anyone tried going west on 176 between 4p and 6p? I imagine it is just as bad going east in the morning rush hour. We will have to make it a 4 lane road before even considering a proposal like this. Thanks, Patch, for the alert - will try to get to the next meeting to voice my opinion.
Tina Hauri February 01, 2013 at 03:17 PM
I have to agree with Sue, thank goodness the hubcaps are history but the Eastside is an eyesore, from the houses/mixed purpose buildings to the industrial blight-after Ashbury, it looks like the outskirts of a town fallen on hard times. I also agree with the comments about the Culvers, Green Tree and Life Storage but there remain a good bit of work to be done. Coupled with the negative visual issues are the excessive traffic (176 from 4th to the tollway would become a traffic nightmare), increased crime, air pollution and noise that this sized warehouse would bring are better placed in an area zoned as a modal hub.
Ed February 04, 2013 at 06:11 PM
All valis points. Why table the vote? Why not just vote no? Is this another case of Libertyville already having their minds made up? I guess if they drag this out hoping that the residents will fade, they can vote it through at some point, and say they followed due process. The facility will probably be powered by several wind turbines, that will be approved in a closed door session. The residents will find out when they're being erected!


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