Who We Are

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

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 project 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.  

As a result many 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. Learn more about the project through this site.

In response to the proposal for this industrial warehousing project, local residents joined together. The result is an unofficial grassroots effort led by concerned Will County residents who are united by the desire to stop NorthPoint Development’s proposed Compass Business Park.

What Our Group Represents

Our group is non-partisan and is focused on a singular purpose of stopping this development. We have members of  who primarily reside in Jackson Township, Manhattan Township, the Village of Manhattan, and the Village of Elwood, Illinois. Our group is expanding daily as our efforts continue to grow.

Additionally, our group is not an anti-development group. We are also not against truck drivers, union members or warehouse workers, and in fact, we have folks of those professions who are part of the fight. We ardently support them as they support us because many of them have first-hand knowledge why this project is not good for our community. 

Since 2017, we have been committed to taking action: making phone calls, writing letters or emails, passing out flyers, printing flyers, advocating in door-to-door campaigns, attending meetings, and doing our part to make sure our neighbors know what’s going on. 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.

MORE THAN JUST A BUNCH OF NIMBYS

Our group is not simply made up of NIMBYs, we are hard-working people from all over Will County. As we have worked hard to present factual information, government officials have taken it upon themselves to research the project and take a stand. The result is increasing awareness — and opposition — to the project.

TAXING BODIES AGAINST NORTHPOINT DEVELOPMENT

Formal resolutions against NorthPoint Development’s Compass Business Park have been issued by the following:

Formal Letters of Opposition to Compass Business Project have been filed by the Village of Elwood and the Village of Manhattan (forthcoming – vote November 2018) with the county.

Will County Board Candidates Against NorthPoint Development

In District 6, which includes Elwood where the majority of the project is proposed, candidates Don Gould (R) and Joe Van Duyne (D) have come out in strong opposition to the project. Don Gould spoke out at the public hearings in Elwood and has been an ardent supporter of our cause. You can learn more about Don here.

Additionally, Joe Van Duyne has publicly made a statement, like Don Gould, to support our cause and oppose NorthPoint Development’s project — even at the cost of losing a campaign endorsement from Doc Gregory. Gregory is the head of the Will/Grundy County Building Trades, which has ruthlessly supported the NorthPoint Project, even when evidence was provided that showed that NorthPoint has not been a friend to Union labor in projects out of state.

Debbie Militello refuses to make a statement on the project. However, it is clear where she stands based on comments made in snarky emails to her constituents. Militello has accepted campaign donations from prominent land use attorney, Kavanagh and Grumley, which happens to represent NorthPoint Development in their newest application. Additionally, she took the campaign endorsement from Van Duyne when the Will-Grundy Building Trades dropped him. Will-Grundy Building Trades  have been one of the most ardent supporters of the NorthPoint project, and support for the project is a requirement to having their endorsement. Militello has blocked our supporters on Facebook and refuses to address NorthPoint. Militello is not a friend to the residents of Jackson Township and does not support our cause.

ORGANIZATIONS AGAINST NORTHPOINT DEVELOPMENT

ABOUT OUR SIGNS – New & OLD

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 originated in Elwood. It was 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.

New Signs, New Messaging

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. 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 are opposed to NorthPoint Development. 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.

Moving forward, 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.

Our new signs display our website URL instead of the “No More Trucks” slogan. Signs were donated by local residents and are being distributed while supplies last.

15 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.

  6. I really think the Witness Slip info should be on the main page to make it easier for folks to get this signed. I speak to many people who don’t have Facebook, or know they can still see the page without joining, & the harder it is made to find, the more people will give up.

    Thanks,
    Joni

  7. I really think the Witness Slip info should be on the main page to make it easier for folks to get this signed. I speak to many people who don’t have Facebook, or know they can still see the page without joining, & the harder it is made to find, the more people will give up.
    Sorry for the duplicate but also I was told we lost the bill by 1 vote yet the paper says 7-3. That shows me it lost by 4 to tie; 5 to win. Details please.

    Thanks,
    Joni

  8. Sorry yet again but now I can’t even find the Witness Slip info on the website. I know many, many people that aren’t on Facebook & won’t go there even if directed, especially now that they are in the news.

    Thanks,
    Joni

  9. I would just like you aware that people in Joliet are receiving robo calls about this matter. The message. States that the inner module center (BSNF)is wanting to double their size and mention this parcel as the area they want to develop. Goes on to say the BSNF center is federally controled ;not by Elwood! The recording then goes on to ask if you would support Joliet annexing this land and the revenue it would bring to Joliet. Push “5” for yes and “6 “ for no. Got this call last night.

  10. Wow!
    I just closed on some farm land located on Wilmington – Peotone Rd. This North Point project makes me wonder about my decision. It was brought to my attention the possibility of adding traffic lanes to W – P Road and then later discovered a plan for a new airport in the area. It appears that I have a “triple layer” of concern now. My appreciation for a rural atmosphere runs deep. It would be a shame for my future grandchildren to simply see a series of warehouses and miss out on the peaceful country life drowned out by highway noise when they visit.

    Wishing you the best with your efforts to protect the community you so deeply care about. My plan is to move to Will County upon retirement; occurring within the next two years.

    – Don Antram – (Westhope, North Dakota)

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