Who We Are

Elwood No To Northpoint
Just Say No To NorthPoint Parade, at Elwood Community Days 2017

We are an unofficial grassroots organization of concerned residents of Jackson Township, Manhattan Township, the Village of Manhattan, and the Village of Elwood, Illinois who are against Northpoint Development’s proposed Compass Business Park.

Kansas City-based industrial warehouse developer, Northpoint Development, has been working on a plan to acquire nearly 2,000+ acres of prime farmland in our area and replace it with a massive industrial warehouse complex. This complex is being proposed at a time when Will County is suffering from an astronomical growth in trucking and warehouse development that is straining an already decrepit and ill-maintained  roadway system.

Land Developers, Warehouse Operators and Intermodal operations are creating conditions within our region where road safety and quality of life is being affected across our community.  A large percentage of the residents of this area are fed up with local, regional and state governments allowing this area to be turned into an unsafe and unlivable industrial zone. This proposed development would negatively impact our communities to the point that they would be unrecognizable if Northpoint were to come through. Stay up-to-date with relevant information, and learn about meetings through this site.

Our group is actively working to ensure elected officials hear clearly from residents about the unsuitability of this industrial development for our area.  While we will try to get updates to this page as soon as we can, please visit our Facebook page for the latest news, information and updates.

ABOUT OUR SIGNS

You may have noticed yard signs in the yards of homes in Elwood and Manhattan. The “Just Say No To Northpoint” signs were created by a Jackson Township resident who wanted to show opposition to Northpoint Development’s Compass Business Park and raise awareness about the ongoing truck problems that have plagued Elwood since Centerpoint Intermodal and other distribution warehouses popped up along Route 53.

The “No More Trucks” component of our signs was intended to convey that Elwood residents wanted to see “NO MORE TRUCKS” driving through town on residential streets and non-truck routes, entering places that they should not (such as Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery), carrying overweight loads damaging our roadways, and disobeying traffic signals, endangering the community. Those are very real events that occur on a daily basis within the Village of Elwood.

As our grassroots effort has grown, we have come to realize that areas outside of Elwood, such as Manhattan and neighboring communities currently shielded from through-truck traffic, have not experienced the influx of wayward trucks described above, and as such, the message became skewed/misinterpreted by some. At no point in time were our signs intended to disrespect the truck driving profession as a whole. We recognize that there are hardworking truck drivers just trying to earn a living — many of whom are opposed to Northpoint Development — and we also know that trucks are a necessary part of our economy.  We hope that explaining this messaging brings forth a mutual understanding of how/why that messaging ended up on our signs.

For our supporters, although the “No More Trucks” messaging remains a component of the hundreds of signs distributed in our communities, we do not want this to be the sole reason for communicating opposition to Northpoint Development’s Compass Business Park, mostly because there are a multitude of other reasons why this project will be a detriment to our community. Please continue browsing our page to learn more.

Currently, we have distributed all of the signs that were initially ordered and donated by the Jackson Township for distribution to area residents.

10 Comments

  1. At the right moment, we pull the rug out from under these arrogant carpetbaggers. Unscrupulous opportunists. There is a way to stop them but the timing must be right.
    For now, focus on stopping the bridge. No bridge? They leave.
    What is your definition of interloper? Kansas City interlopers.
    Great website. Copy your no2northpoint.com link and paste it everywhere you can.
    Dennis OConnor

  2. Could someone tell me the approval (approvals?) process that NorthPoint has to go thru to obtain right to go ahead with this project. Also, who are the individuals that give this approval at each step.

    1. The village board of trustees would be given a proposal and It would be voted on during a village board meeting. A couple of the Elwood School Board Members have asked Mr. Patrick Robinson when the proposal would be sent. Mr. Robinson’s response basically was that he didn’t know at this time.

  3. I moved to to Manhattan this year, purchased my first house and got married this year in hopes of starting a family. I like the small town living of Manhattan and the friendly people and overall just a great area. I am only 25 so this is only the start of my journey with my wife in this great town. If North Point were to pass and start construction I would probably move before it was completed. I could see home values taking a plunge and traffic through the roof. I can not see myself raising kids in an area that is going to have conditions decline and insane amounts of traffic. I am not one to raise my voice but I want to be heard. I did not move to this small town to have it destroyed so fast after Manhattan becoming my home. I can see this as a domino effect and a lot of others doing the same. A company with this much money and power is going to throw as much of it as they can at the village to come to an agreement. It is sad but true. For the sake of Manhattan I hope it does not happen. #SayNOtoNorthPoint

  4. My family just moved to Manhattan from Joliet in April. We moved here to start a life in a quieter, more peaceful and close-knit community. If this community becomes a truck haven, with insane amounts of traffic and safety concerns, we may as well go back to Joliet. We’re definitely opposed to this, and hope that the community can ban together and prevent this from happening.

  5. You’re going up against BNSF and others large companies. Things like infrastructure will be dealt with because the additional trucking will demand it. The anticipated tax windfall for Will County and its town will be huge. Other business will follow, meaning a housing boom and increased property values. The farmers will be compensated as well as having choices in establishing new business. When BNSF was allowed in with LPC, it opened the door for more expansion.

    1. You obviously don’t live in this area to know the numrous negative issues the current industrial park has brought, nor have you sold any property to realize how much the market has suffered because of centerpoint. There is no retail or housing boom that has occurred because of the current industrial park. Try living down here amongst the semis and diesel fumes for a while and see how you like it. No Northpoint!

    2. “You’re going up against BNSF and others large companies.”
      – In other words they’ll be throwing around tons of cash to get their way. Large companies do not negate the will of the people simply nor the rule of law.

      “Things like infrastructure will be dealt with because the additional trucking will demand it.”
      – Another option is to simply stop the development. By your circular reasoning we are to take it as fact that traffic problems sort themselves out. Perhaps in the grand scheme of human history they may but in our lifetimes unlikely.

      “The anticipated tax windfall for Will County and its town will be huge.”
      – How huge? Of course be sure to subtract each and every service the county has to pay for via taxpayer funding to arrive at this “huge” number.

      “Other business will follow, meaning a housing boom and increased property values.”
      – Very convenient of you to package all of that up in one nice statement but housing booms and increased property values are not dependent on the arrival of “other businesses”.

      “The farmers will be compensated as well as having choices in establishing new business.”
      – What if they do not want to be compensated? What if perhaps they are dragged through expensive legal proceedings until their reserves are exhausted? The rest of the statement does not even make sense, if farmers want to quit farming and start a new business that is THEIR choice, not YOURS.

      “When BNSF was allowed in with LPC, it opened the door for more expansion.”
      – BSNF the company that was so large it was best not to interfere was now “allowed” to help out the people.

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