Thursday, August 30, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
A visualization of the proposed SMC Management trucking site to be developed at 1001 S. St. Charles Rd. in Maywood. | Forza
During a regular meeting on Aug. 21, the Maywood Board of Trustees unanimously approved a series of zoning changes necessary for the construction of a new trucking logistics business in Maywood.
Back in May, the village unanimously agreed to sell a vacant village-owned lot at 1001 S. St. Charles Rd. to SMC Management for $250,000.
The company is looking to build a 6,500- to 7,500-square foot facility that will house offices and a service garage, “with a tractor and trailer wash bay, along with an on-site diesel fuel business,” according to the redevelopment agreement.
The rest of the site will be used as a secure trucking area featuring a fully paved yard large enough to park 100 semi-trailers and trailers.
Jim Apa, who owns SMC Management, said that many of the trucks will haul recycled and excavated materials, and waste products, to and from construction sites, among other areas.
After the board vote in May, the proposed development plan went before the village’s Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals, which recommended by a 5-0 vote that the board approve a series of proposed zoning special uses and variances related to the facility’s construction.
The board also gave two recommendations, which includes “a ‘No Left Turn’ sign posting on St. Charles Rd exit of the facility” and a longer time frame for the redevelopment, since the developer will need to decontaminate some areas of the site before starting construction, according to memo drafted by Josh Koonce, the village’s planner.
Back in May, the board also unanimously approved a resolution granting Apa a Class 6B property tax incentive, since the site is located within the St. Charles TIF.
With the tax break, Apa’s newly constructed building will be assessed at 10 percent of its market value, rather than 25 percent of market value, for the first 10 years. The property will be assessed at 15 percent and 20 percent in the two years after that 10-year period has passed.
Apa said at the time that he anticipates hiring around 50 employees, including mechanics, office clerks and more than 40 truckers. VFP
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