Manhattan Township Says NO

Photo taken by John Kieken

Manhattan Township issued a formal Resolution against NorthPoint Development, citing a negative impact on public safety and a burden on the infrastructure among other concerns. The industrial developer has faced fierce opposition from area residents.

Manhattan Township is now the fourth area taxing body to issue a formal Resolution against NorthPoint Development’s Compass Business Park. Previously, Jackson Township, Elwood Consolidated School District #203, and the Elwood Fire Protection District had all created formal resolutions and presented them at the public hearings that were held in Elwood for the Planning & Zoning Commission.

Approval from taxing districts could prove to be a critical component of whatever tax incentive plan NorthPoint Development seeks (documents obtained via FOIA have showed an interest in a TIF district, Enterprise Zone and/or a tax abatement through the village).

In addition to taxing bodies, OpenLands and the Sierra Club have both issued statements that disapprove of the industrial developer’s plan for the area.

You can read the complete resolution below: