Maple Park approves South St. rezoning

By on April 11, 2014

MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Village Board on April 1 heard from the public in regard to the rezoning of the land parcel at 402 South St. The board passed the rezoning by a vote of 5-1, with Terry Borg as the only dissenting vote.

The 2.208-acre parcel is currently zoned as a residential property, but property owners Melissa Brady and David W. Altepeter have asked for a rezoning to light industrial. Altepeter stated that he wants to invest $1 million to renovate the property and build a large warehouse building to expand his agriculture business.
“This town was built on agriculture,” Altepeter said.

Some Maple Park residents in attendance voiced their concern that having an industrial property next to their home would decrease property value and cause loud truck traffic. Other residents spoke up in favor of the zoning change, stating that the industrial property would bring in an extra $21,000 in revenue for Maple Park.

Board members also discussed their concerns and questions with Altepeter. Trustee Borg was skeptical that Altepeter would clean up the 402 South St. property, given that he has already owned it for some time.

“Why should I believe your property will look better after we rezone, given what it looks like now?” Borg said.