- Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 May 2012 18:59
- Written by Brock Stein
- Category: Local News
Changes approved to a commercial lot's boundary line may mean a new business will be setting up shop in Shorewood.
Village trustees approved a re-subdivision of the out lot east of the Home Depot near Route 59 and Black Road that will clear the way for a new business, said trustee Gary Fitzgerald, chair of the Planning and Zoning commission.
"A business is contemplating coming in," confirmed Fitzgerald who could not divulge the name of the business pending the sale as well as a site plan review by the planning and zoning board. incorporate an access road that runs between two existing businesses already there, a Pizza Hut and Citibank.
An existing building that has been sitting vacant for two years will also be getting a new use, bringing with it 5 new jobs to Shorewood.
The 27,000 square foot former Hunter Golf building at 550 Brookforest, which was also the site of a former beer distributorship will become the home of an Ingersoll Rand/Trane storage facility.
Trane, a manufacturer of heating and cooling equipment will use the facility for storage of their commercial grade equipment, said Fitzgerald.
The new tenants plan to refurbish the main site in addition to a 3,000 square foot outbuilding by resealing the parking lot, erecting a 10 foot fence, applying new paint and lights, and restriping the parking lot. A new Trane sign will also be installed on the site.
Trustee Fitzgerald said that the site could expect to receive up to 5 trucks per day delivering equipment for storage.
"This is a new division for the company," said Fitzgerald, "So new jobs are coming to Shorewood." Fitzgerald said that the zoning board was waiting to approve a landscape plan for the new business.
Shorewood Mayor Rick Chapman questioned whether sales would be conducted on the Shorewood site. Sales taxes collected within the village account for about 30% of the village's revenue.
"When the point of sales is within the village limit the sales tax comes to us," he explained of his concern.
"Those are big ticket items."
A representative for the property owners, Mike Robbins, said that equipment sales would be handled out of Trane's location in Willowbrook but he would bring the Mayor's concerns to the attention of the new tenants.
Photo above: The building at 550 Brookforest in Shorewood will soon be the home a new Ingersoll Rand/Trane storage facility, bringing new jobs to the village. (Photo by Brock A. Stein)