Friday, January 19, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
During a Jan. 16 regular meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees unanimously approved a series of zoning changes that were necessary in order for National Cycle Inc., located at 2200 S. Maywood Drive, in Maywood, to expand its manufacturing operations by building a roughly 28,000-square-foot building on village-owned land nearby.
The company also plans to install a retention basin in an area south of the proposed facility as part of the expansion effort.
In October, the board voted to move the company’s proposal to the village’s Plan Commission / Zoning Board of Appeals, which held a public hearing in November.
National Cycle’s current facility at 2200 S. Maywood Dr. in Maywood. | Google Earth
According to Joshua Koonce, the village planner, residents expressed “a variety of concerns about traffic increase [and the] proximity of the [proposed] building to the adjacent houses.”
In a findings of fact document, village officials added that residents were also concerned about noise levels, whether or not the facility would invite larger trucks into the area and the number of possible jobs the expansion would bring to Maywood.
An architectural rendering of National Cycle’s proposed expansion. | National Cycle
National Cycle’s initial expansion plan “included delivery access to an overhead door facing south directly at 21st Avenue,” village officials explained.
“The proposal was to use 21st Avenue, a residential street, as an access drive to the rear of the facility,” officials added. “Any delivery trucks would turn around in the area directly in front of the home located at 1201 S. 21st Avenue.”
But village staff found that that initial plan would potentially alter “the essential character” of the area and “will arguably be detrimental to the public welfare in the neighborhood in which the property is located.”
An aerial image of National Cycle’s current facility and where it plans to expand. | Village of Maywood
Village staff recommended an alternative plan that would feature “an east-facing overhead door, and improved right-of-way access off 19th Avenue, connecting 20th and 21st Avenues.”
Those improvements — which would include paving, in addition to curb and gutter enhancements — would cost approximately $325,000, according to Hancock Engineering, the village’s contracted engineering firm.
The improvements were included in Hancock’s Capital Improvement Plan released in October, village officials stated.
National Cycle has indicated that “deliveries or pick-up by UPS would only be once a day by normal box trucks rather than semi-trucks,” according to the findings of fact document.
Barry Willey, National Cycle’s president and CEO, said that he will attempt to hire residents of Maywood and Bellwood when possible.
Existing conditions in village-owned parcels at the back of the proposed site. Left, facing west toward 21st Ave., right, facing east toward 19th Avenue. | Courtesy Village of Maywood
The plan commission voted to recommend National Cycle’s expansion by a 6-0 vote, with one commissioner absent — but not without recommending that the company work with the village to address a range of quality of life issues.
Those issues, among others, included improving the lighting and fencing on the upgraded right-of-way, and enhancing the condition of some of the green space on 19th Ave.
National Cycle was founded in Maywood in 1937. The company makes windshields and accessories for motorcycles, among other products. VFP
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