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Trucking company withdraws application in Plainfield

Madhu Mayer, news@thetimesweekly.com | 8/1/2018, 7 p.m.
Amidst strong opposition from residents who started a Facebook page and inundated elected officials with e-mails and phone calls, the ...

Amidst strong opposition from residents who started a Facebook page and inundated elected officials with e-mails and phone calls, the company looking to operate a truck freight terminal in Plainfield has withdrawn its applications

On Monday, Aug. 6, the Plainfield Village Board was scheduled to consider the special use permit applications for a truck freight terminal at 22419, 22531 and 22537 W. Renwick Road.

But applicant GP Transportation Co. last week submitted a letter to the village indicating it has withdrawn its plans to open the business in Plainfield.

The opposition of residents and the negative publicity, according to the letter, "forced the company to reconsider whether to continue to proceed with the referenced applications."

Residents who protested against the truck terminal were happy to hear the news.

Brian O'Keeffe of Plainfield said everyone in the Lilly Cache subdivision already view the area as an "intersection of death."

"The blind spots are of a danger level one might find in a third world country," he said. "Ugly, dangerous and a real commerce killer. If traffic gets worse, people will just stop coming to Plainfield. The fact that this was even being considered says that something very wrong is going on here."

Likewise, Tony Menconi said the area was just not suited for such a busy operation.

Len Pacek views the opposition as a victory for those who spoke up against the business.

"There is nothing more American than voicing your opinion to your elected officials and helping to shape excellent and informed policy," he added.

Jeff Sniegowski, who lives next door to the defeated freight operation at 22525 W. Renwick Road, was amongst those who spoke out against the development proposal. He feared for increased traffic, smell of diesel fumes and noise coming from the business he says will disrupt the area.