Plainfield trustees approve controversial warehouse development

PLAINFIELD, Ill. (WLS) -- Trustees in Plainfield green-lighted a controversial plan for a warehouse development Monday night.

The plan was approved in a five to one vote.

The 1.5 million foot warehouse and distribution center would serve as a transportation hub for wine and spirits producer Diageo, which has a factory 1.5 miles east of the proposed facility.

The two sites are connected by 143rd Street, which runs along two residential subdivisions and dozens of backyards.

The center would be built on what is now farmland near 143rd Street and Steiner Road.

The new facility would increase truck traffic, adding hundreds of trips per day. Residents are concerned the increased truck traffic poses a safety hazard.

The company released a statement after the vote, saying, "We are very pleased with the outcome tonight and to be able to bring economic development to Plainfield. We are particularly proud that this project will be build on the 52-year-old partnership we have had with the village of Plainfield."
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