Romeoville Trustees Look at Plans for Warehouse Projects

Monday, August 24th 2015

CHICAGO, IL – A concept plan for several new warehouse projects in Romeoville was presented to trustees at a workshop meeting on Aug. 19.

Hillwood Investment Properties plans to build four warehouses on 39 acres within the Pinnacle Park Business Center area off of South Pinnacle Drive. Documents indicate that the buildings will total 638,110 square feet.

Hillwood plans to build the two rear buildings first — consisting of 200,000 square feet each — and having 45 dock doors, 62 trailer parking stalls and 62 parking spaces. Hillwood officials said that each building can be configured for up to four tenants. Construction will begin soon on the two buildings and take about 12 months. The remaining two buildings in the front of the property will be constructed at a later time.

Romeoville Mayor John Noak said the village master plan indicates that warehouses are appropriate for the site. “This is nothing new for the site,” Noak said. “It’s nice to have (Hillwood) into our marketplace.”

Seefried Properties, on the other hand, plans to build a 304,744-square-foot warehouse building on 17 acres not far from the Hillwood site at Airport Road and O’Hare Drive. Seefried Properties may reduce the size of the building depending on a road realignment issue near the property.

Documents indicate that the building could have up to 60 dock doors, 22 trailer parking stalls and a 270-car parking lot. Construction at the site will begin in spring and take about a year, according to company officials.

At a board meeting on Aug. 5, trustees approved a special-use permit for a new warehouse building to be constructed on 37.2 acres that are within the boundaries of Lewis Airport in Romeoville.

The final development plan by Panattoni Development Company indicates that it will construct a 675,787-square-foot warehouse at the site. The Joliet Regional Port District, which owns and operates the airport, will lease the land to Panattoni for the development, according to village officials. The site, which is now farmed with corn and soybeans, is not far from the airport’s two runways.

The building will have 140 docking doors and 178 trailer parking spaces, according to documents. The property will be separated from the airport and will be accessible using Southcreek Parkway

Noak, who also serves as a trustee on the Joliet Regional Port District, said the warehouse development will help create revenue for the port district.