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Land put to good use in Plainfield

Madhu Mayer | 3/6/2019, 3:55 p.m.
A party rental business will soon open in the Village of Plainfield. A special use permit was approved by the ...

A party rental business will soon open in the Village of Plainfield.

A special use permit was approved by the Plainfield Village Board for a warehouse/storage facility on the north side of Lockport Street east of the Canadian National Railroad tracks. The proposed warehouse is 2,000 square feet and the two proposed self-storage facilities are each approximately 2,000 square feet and 1,650 square feet, respectively.

Yuchen Ding, associate planner for the Village of Plainfield, said the business plan submitted by Elena Gallo and James Kowalski will not disrupt the lives of those who reside in the predominantly residential neighborhood.

"The number of the self-storage units as well as the size of the warehouse may help limit the noise produced by the business," he said. "However, staff suggests setting operational hours as well as a security door with a key pad for the warehouse site to avoid potential night activities."

Village trustee Bill Lamb supported the development plan.

"It is a good use of the location," he said. "There is a quarry on one side and railroad tracks on another."

Village trustee Margie Bonuchi also said a non-traditional type of business is

needed in this area situated near homes.

"It is a great opportunity to make use of land that otherwise is going to stay vacant," she said.