Mundelein annexes vacant land where industrial building is planned

  • The Mundelein village board on Monday approved annexing nearly 7 vacant acres on the 18900 block of West Route 60.

    The Mundelein village board on Monday approved annexing nearly 7 vacant acres on the 18900 block of West Route 60. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 8/24/2021 6:30 PM

A nearly 7-acre piece of undeveloped land has been annexed into Mundelein to make way for a proposed industrial building.

The property is on the 18900 block of West Route 60, south of the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway line that crosses through southern Mundelein. It's also just north of a large shopping center on Townline Road that's home to a Garden Fresh Market, a Dollar General Store and other retailers.

 

Combined with adjoining land already within Mundelein's boundaries, the entire 24-acre site is being eyed by Rosemont-based Bridge Industrial Development for a 304,000-square-foot industrial building.

No tenants have inked deals yet, but as many as six eventually could call it home, Bridge Industrial's Mark Houser told the village board earlier this month.

The building will have docks for trucks, and an area for trailer parking will be established on the property's west end.

The property will have a dedicated entrance on Route 60 and access to an existing entrance on Route 45 near the Garden Fresh store. It also will have a new address: 290 W. Townline Road.

Earlier this month, Mayor Steve Lentz said he was excited about the project.

"It's going to bring jobs to this part of town," Lentz said. "(It's a) great location."

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But not everyone agrees.

Mundelein resident Dick Cushing's home adjoins the property, and he objected to the proposal during Monday's board meeting. He raised concerns about the possible impact on traffic, lighting at the proposed facility, noise from trucks coming and going, and other aspects of the plan.

"I do not believe this is a good location for this type of business," Cushing said. "It is ... threatening to the whole community."

Cushing's son, Rich, opposed the plan, too. "I just feel like we're being turned into a big truck stop," he said.

Despite the opposition, the village board unanimously voted to annex the land. The developers received permission for lighting that won't meet village code requirements and cleared other bureaucratic hurdles, too.

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