Saturday, December 8, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: 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 Dec. 4, the Maywood Board of Trustees unanimously approved a revised redevelopment agreement between the village and SMC Management, a trucking logistics company that is looking to build a facility on vacant village-owned property at 1001 S. St. Charles Rd. Trustee Ron Rivers was absent.
Back in August, the board unanimously approved a series of zoning changes necessary for the construction. Since then, the proposed facility has been scaled down slightly and the developer has been cleared by his bank to move forward with the project.
The financial institution, Huntington Bank, agreed to provide financing once it independently determined that the site would not need substantial environmental remediation, according to a memo drafted by the village’s attorney, Michael Marrs.
Originally, Jim Apa, SMC Management’s owner, had proposed to build a 6,500- to 7,500-square foot facility that would house offices and a service garage, “with a tractor and trailer wash bay, along with an on-site diesel fuel business,” according to the initial redevelopment agreement.
Apa said on Dec. 4 that he reduced the proposed size of the office and service garage to around 5,000 square feet.
“We just lowered the square footage on the offices, because it was redundant,” Apa said. “We had enough room.”
Apa said that he planned on closing on the purchase of the village-owned property within 10 days.
Back in May, the village unanimously agreed to sell the long-empty St. Charles Road property to SMC Management for $250,000.
Apa said that construction could start on the new trucking facility by April 2019 and could be complete by mid-October. During construction, he added, the company will “have a trailer out there taking positions” for a range of jobs, including mechanics, drivers and sales associates. Apa said that he plans to hire up to 50 employees.
“I want them all from Maywood,” he said. “It benefits me as an employer to have all of my employees within walking distance from the business, because [it improves] attendance.”
The village board has already granted Apa a Class 6B property tax incentive. The site is located within the St. Charles TIF district.
“This property has been vacant for nearly 40 years,” Apa explained. “The village is collecting zero tax dollars on the property — nothing. When all is said and done, the village will have tax revenue on the property and sales taxes from on the sale [and leasing] of fuel, parts and equipment.” VFP
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