The 13 acres of land next to CarMax dubbed Wolf Point 290 in Hillside. | File
Friday, January 6, 2023 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Plans to bring a light manufacturing and warehouse complex to the 13 acres west of CarMax at 101 N. Wolf Rd. in Hillside have changed to accommodate concerns from village officials and residents.
Representatives with Newcastle Partners, LP, which owns the site, have modified their proposal to construct a “single or multi-tenant user facility for e-commerce, light manufacturing, light assembly, warehouse and distribution uses,” as the project is described on a Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) agenda from June 2022.
After a series of public meetings in which Hillside Mayor Joe Tamburino and zoning board members expressed concerns about light manufacturing and the trucking traffic that might accompany it, Newcastle has axed the manufacturing component from the proposal dubbed Wolf Point 290 for its proximity to the expressway.
Hillside Village Administrator Joe Pisano confirmed on Jan. 6 that Newcastle Partners took out the manufacturing and is now only looking to build a facility that would accommodate warehousing and office space. They’ve also reduced the number of trucking docks planned for the site.
“Several concerns came up about the noise and [the fact that] we wouldn’t know who the end-users would be,” Pisano said, adding that people were also concerned about how a manufacturing development might affect the nearby Proviso West High School and Hillside Elementary School.
Pisano said the next public meeting on the development is scheduled for Jan. 17.
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