RANTOUL — The village board held a brief public hearing this week about an annexation agreement for property west of Interstate 57 that could house a new 800,000-square-foot distribution center
Ken Beth, village attorney, explained the agreement for the project dubbed Project Gravity.
The project would be sited on roughly 150 acres in a two-lot subdivision area near the village's industrial park. The land in question would be located east of Evans Road, north of the current village limits, on the Milton R. Ingelman Trust and Beth Kirchner Trust properties and just east of the Jeld-Wen plant.
"This annexation agreement provides several things," Beth said. "Number one, it's an agreement on the part of the owner to annex the real estate to the village."
He said the agreement also covers changing the property's zoning from agricultural under the county's ordinance to I-2 industrial zoning under Rantoul zoning. The village's enterprise zone would be extended to include the project, too.
Road improvements are also part of the agreement, which would include constructing an east-west access road between the two lots in the subdivision. Improvements to Evans Road and U.S. 136, along with expanding the utilities to the first lot of the site, are also part of the agreement, Beth said.
"In addition, the fees for building permits, etc., would be reduced by 50 percent, and the stormwater drainage fees would be abated by 50 percent for the first five years of the term," Beth said.
No further information about the name of the company, what the plant would distribute or how many people it would employe were discussed during the annexation agreement hearing.
Village Administrator Bruce Sandahl added at Tuesday's regular village board meeting that a few special meetings might take place in the weeks ahead in regard to the project.