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.