Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar didn’t seem smitten by information of Amazon’s current buy of the previous web site of Previous Chicago amusement park.
The e-commerce big purchased the property at 200 Previous Chicago Drive for $50.5 million final month, in line with Will County property information.
Claar spoke in regards to the buy on the village board of trustees assembly on Tuesday.
“We weren’t enthusiastic about their proposed use,” he stated on the assembly.
He additionally disclosed particulars in regards to the potential challenge. He stated Amazon needs to assemble an 850,000-square-foot constructing.
“Now that is massive,” Claar stated.
Claar stated that is in regards to the measurement of the success heart in Romeoville. The corporate additionally has services in Joliet, Crest Hill, Monee and one other one planned in Channahon. He added the corporate needs to make the constructing about 100 ft excessive.
Owen Torres, an Amazon spokesman, declined to remark in regards to the firm’s plan for the location.
“Amazon is a dynamic enterprise and we’re continually exploring new areas and weighing quite a lot of elements when deciding the place to develop future websites to greatest serve clients, nonetheless, we have now a coverage of not commenting on our future roadmap,” he stated in an emailed assertion. “This land buy in Bolingbrook supplies us with the flexibleness to rapidly reply to our future community wants.”
Claar identified another potential issues he noticed with a success heart coming to that space.
He pointed on the market was already plenty of visitors on the location, simply south of an interchange with Interstate 55, and several other companies and eating places.
Claar additionally stated the challenge ought to result in 1,500 jobs and Amazon would pay staff $15 per hour. He acknowledged on the floor it “appeared fairly good,” however then stated $15 an hour was “not even a residing wage.”
The mayor additionally stated the property was not correctly zoned for a success heart. It’s zoned for business use, in line with the Bolingbrook village website. Claar additionally stated the village has a top restriction on buildings.
Claar referred to as the potential constructing a “monstrosity.” He additionally sounded involved by different property purchases Amazon was making within the Chicago space.
“They’re shopping for property up all over the place,” he stated. “And naturally on the similar time they’re doing that, we’re dropping retail shops due to what Amazon does.”
Trustee Bob Jaskiewicz stated he additionally had considerations in regards to the measurement of the constructing, however thought if the logistical issues may very well be labored out, it may “be useful for either side.
Claar stated Amazon had but to submit a proper proposal for the location.
“It might not be standard to withstand that form of a constructing, however I can not help it personally,” he stated.
The positioning is greatest identified for housing Previous Chicago, a part-indoor amusement park and part-mall, that attracted guests throughout the mid to late-1970s. When it opened in 1975, the 1000’s of company created “mammoth visitors jams” in line with the Bolingbrook Historic Preservation Fee website.
Regardless of the joy, the advanced was marred by monetary troubles and closed in 1980, in line with the fee. Claar gave a quick historical past of the Previous Chicago web site throughout Tuesday’s assembly.
“It was actually forward of its time as a result of Previous Chicago was actually what you see on the Mall of America,” Claar stated.
Claar stated the advanced sat idle for some time earlier than the constructing was torn down. The property was then empty till a automobile public sale firm purchased the property.
The mayor stated the final proprietor of web site, Manheim Area, closed it final 12 months.