Truck Lot Awaits Green Light From County BoardVillage Remains Opposed To Dempster-Linneman Proposal
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
by Richard Mayer
By RICHARD MAYER Assistant Managing EditorJournal & Topics Media Group
A 6-acre plot of land in unincorporated Elk Grove Township, across from Mount Prospect, is one step closer to becoming a 180-space parking lot for trucks.
Members of the Cook County Zoning Board unanimously recommended the project last Wednesday, Jan. 6, sending the issue to county commissioners. The trucking facility is proposed at 1200 Dempster St. at the southeast corner of Dempster and Linneman Road. The parcel is owned by United Airlines, which continues operations on the west side of Linneman in the United office complex.
According to James Harris, land use planner at the Cook County Zoning Board of Appeals, the recommendation comes with 12 conditions. Those conditions include:
• plastic inserts must be added to a chain link fence currently in place around the property to shield lights from trucks;
• owners of the facility are responsible for any parking lot repairs;
• any deliveries or changing of cargo on the property will not be permitted;
• truckers are not allowed to sleep in their vehicles overnight on the property.
Harris said zoning board members received an official letter of protest from the village of Mount Prospect, which for years has considered annexing the United land.
On the minds of some village officials are residents living in apartments to the north and east of the proposed trucking site.
Lights from the trucks shining into the homes, for instance, is one of the village's concerns.
Mount Prospect officials state in their protest that truck traffic along Dempster is already a concern for some residents, in addition to dealing with noise and air pollution.
Additionally, village officials say sidewalk and parkway restoration would be required since north access to the property along Linneman would be closed.
Concerns also include possible deterioration of the lot, over time, having a negative impact on surrounding properties.
For the property to become a truck lot, Harris said super-majority approval of the county board -- 14 out of 17 commissioners -- is required.
County commissioners are expected to take action on the proposal at 10 a.m. Wednesday Feb. 10 on the fifth floor at the Cook County building, 118 N. Clark St., Chicago.
Since 2007, United has moved most of its employees from the Elk Grove Township headquarters to Willis Tower in downtown Chicago.