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Warehouse plan at Chicagoland Speedway voted down

The usually development friendly Plan Commission on Thursday turned down plans for warehouses outside the Chicagoland Speedway and a gas station on Route 6.

Both plans still will go to the City Council in September for a final vote.

But Mayor Bob O’Dekirk and council members have also said they favor a moratorium on warehouse development along Route 53 after approving the controversial NorthPoint project in April.

Chicagoland Speedway is located along Route 53, and the warehouse plan already faced resistance when it was presented to the council’s Economic Development Committee in July.

Plan Commission members who in the past approved Route 53 warehouse projects amid objections that they would add to truck congestion made the kind of comments about traffic that they had heard in at past meetings from residents trying to slow down development.

The vote was 7-0 against the plan with two members absent.

“This is not over,” Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock said after the meeting.

NASCAR is working with Hillwood Investment Group to develop land owned outside Chicagoland Speedway and other race tracks.

Herald News