Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Steel fabricator will add 76,000-square feet to its facility off Route 30 just north of 143rd Street.
Village trustees on Monday approved a site plan review and variance for a 76,000-square-foot addition at Coilplus of Illinois at 14023 S. Coilplus Drive at Route 30 just north of 143rd Street. Board members also gave a collective nod to a 50 percent property tax abatement for the addition over the next five years, mirroring action taken by the Plainfield School District 202 Board of Education last week. Village Administrator Brian Murphy said the tax abatement is the “icing on the cake” that will keep the company’s expansion in Plainfield, rather than at one of 11 other Coilplus locations in the U.S. “This was a very competitive process within their organization,” Murphy said. According to a report from Village Planner Michael Garrigan, …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Steel fabricator Coilplus is proposing a 76,000-square-foot addition; meanwhile, a developer wants to bring a Dunkin’ Donuts to Lockport Street/Route 59
A vacant corner at Route 59 and Lockport Street could become home to new businesses, if village board members like a proposal to build a stand-alone Dunkin Donuts and a mixed-use building on the site. The land, located at the southwest corner, has been vacant since 2004, when the old First Baptist Church of Plainfield was torn down. The church, which was purchased by developer Carl Bryant, had outgrown the aging building thanks to increased membership, church officials said at the time. Since then, the location has sat largely unused, with the exception of the annual Plainfield Farmers Market. Now, a proposal is on the table to bring a Dunkin’ Donuts and a mixed-use building to the site. The proposal comes more than a year after Bryant …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Developer Michael P. Guinta ended his candidacy Thursday. He and two other village candidates faced battles to stay on the ballot.
The Plainfield village trustee race just got a little less crowded. This week, local developer Michael Guinta withdrew his candidacy in the April 9 election. That leaves four candidates to vie for the three open seats. Remaining in the race are incumbents Margie Bonuchi, Jim Racich and Garrett Peck, plus Naperville firefighter and Wheatland Township Plan Commission chairman Mark Chmura. Guinta’s withdrawal comes after a Plainfield resident challenged his candidacy, claiming the wrong date appeared on several pages of Guinta’s nominating petitions and questioning the validity of numerous signatures. Sign up for the Plainfield Patch newsletter. The objection, filed Jan. 3 by Jeffrey Schmitt, claimed Guinta did not have enough valid …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Objections were filed Thursday in attempts to oust Collins, Lambert and Guinta from the ballot.
Both candidates for village president are facing challenges from Plainfield residents who say their nominating petitions for the April 9, 2013 election don’t pass muster. John Ledvina, a resident of the 11000 block of Chesapeake Drive, is challenging Mayor Mike Collins’ statement of candidacy, saying the form filed by the incumbent village present omits language that states that the candidate is “personally known to” the certifying officer. Collins didn’t return a call from Patch over the weekend. Get Plainfield news delivered straight to your inbox – sign up for the Patch newsletter. Ledvina’s objection asserts that the omission “results in a situation whereby a local election official, local election authority, objectors or electoral …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Easter Seals is granted approval to operate a group home for developmental disabled adults in former foreclosed home.
Plainfield trustees on Monday unanimously approved a permit for Easter Seals Joliet Region to operate a group home for up to six men with developmental disabilities. Trustees welcomed Easter Seals to the community and praised their work, saying they champion rights for disabled people to help them lead normal and productive lives. “The work Easter Seals does … is tremendously applaudable,” trustee Dan Rippy said. Easter Seals applied for a permit to use an existing single family residence in the Heritage Meadows subdivision as a group home. The home, 24212 W. Apple Tree Lane, had been vacant and in foreclosure when Easter Seals bought it. Easter Seals serves people with disabilities and special needs so that they have equal opportunities …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Wescom facility will form a campus with Plainfield's Law Enforcement Center.
The Plainfield village board on Monday approved plans for a new 17,000-square-foot Wescom 911 call center at 24600 W. Presidential Drive, located south of the village’s Law Enforcement Center on Coil Plus Drive. Trustees unanimously voted to approve a site plan for the project. Village Planner Michael Garrigan said the emergency communications facility will be built on 4.3 acres that Wescom purchased from the village. “It will be a unified campus,” Garrigan said, adding the exterior of the one-story, precast building will match the Law Enforcement Center. Wescom Executive Director Steve Rauter said there will be a public access with visitor parking off of Presidential Drive and a separate, secure entrance in the back for Wescom employees …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Group believes pioneer home should become a visitors center, not a convenience store.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
The owners of the lots located where Joliet Road (US 30) and Division Street (IL 59) meet will come before the Plainfield Planning Commission on Tuesday, June 5 to ask for approval to tear down the historic 1845 house and build a gas station with a convenience store on 3 parcels totaling less than an acre. The previous gas station and convenience store that once sat there was removed 2010 during IDOT's road widening project. The Plainfield Historic Preservation Commission has tried unsuccessfully to save the 1845 pioneer home, known as the Corbin-Bingham-Worst. The house was identified in the Village’s 2005 Historic Urban survey as a significant historic structure and the Commission envisioned restoring the structure creating a vistitors …
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Although currently on hold, the project was one of the main things Mayor Michael Collins discussed with legislators a few weeks ago and it will be part of a new comprehensive plan.
When Will County officials descended on Springfield a few weeks ago to push their legislative agendas, there was one thing at the top of Plainfield Mayor Michael Collins’ list: Edward Hospital. Specifically, making sure state officials know the village has not given up its desire to win state approval for a new Edward medical center in Plainfield. It’s been more than four years since Naperville-based Edward Hospital first proposed an eight-story, 162-bed acute care hospital for its 60-acre medical campus at 127th Street and Van Dyke Road, where a cancer center, 24-hour emergency facility, outpatient center and medical office complex already exist. Edward has no current plans to revive the project but that doesn’t mean Plainfield can’t …
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Plainfield School Board member Michael Kelly urges readers to learn about the candidates and not be swayed by blogs or rumors.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
As we go into Tuesday's election, I want to remind everyone to get out and vote. And make your voice heard. This really is an important election. Please don’t make your decision just on what you have read in the blogs or in the rumor mill. Make an informed decision on who is going to move Plainfield schools forward in a way that works for all of the children who arrive at the Plainfield School District 202’s door each and every school day. The school district has had to make some really difficult decisions over the last couple of years. Funding for education in Illinois is a mess. If you read the papers, you know that the state of Illinois has lots of work to do to right the ship. District 202 has been hugely impacted by that funding and …
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
If approved by the village board, the average consumer would see an increase of about $5 a month, Public Works Director Allen Persons said.
Water and sewer rates will be going up again this year, if the Plainfield Village Board signs off on a small hike being proposed by village staff. For the average consumer, the monthly bill would increase by about $5, said Allen Persons, director of public works. “Although we’ve reduced costs by $500,000 in our operations, we still haven’t caught up with the 44 percent increase by the city of Chicago over the last three years,” Persons said. Plainfield receives Lake Michigan water via a pipeline from Chicago. In 2008, the city implemented a three-year rate increase schedule – 15 percent in the first two years and 14 percent in the third year – to fund some of the cost of maintaining and upgrading their distribution system. Despite that …