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Joliet zoning for box factory on hold

A zoning variation for a box factory at the former Toys “R” Us warehouse has been postponed until July.

The Joliet Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday tabled a vote on variation of use needed for a planned box factory combined with a paper recycling operation.

The applicant for the variation requested that the matter be tabled, city Planner Jim Torri said.

“This is for their due diligence to make sure the building is going to work for them before they proceed,” Torri told the zoning board.

The applicant is William Woodward – 2695 Plainfield Road, LLC.

The address of the warehouse is 2695 Plainfield Road, although the building is located off of Plainfield Road with an entrance from Hennepin Drive. It sits on a 56-acre site behind the Joliet Commons shopping center, which includes Target and Barnes & Noble stores.

The general area is the major retail and restaurant district in Joliet and includes the Louis Joliet Mall.

The 671,000-square-foot warehouse has been there since 1990 and closed as Toys “R” Us shut down its brick-and-mortar retail business in 2018.

The warehouse has not been reoccupied since, although the site has been used for truck parking.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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