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Planners back subdivision to split property

Buyer interested in land next to self-storage facility on U.S. 6

The Morris Planning Commission approved a minor subdivision for two business lots off of U.S. 6 and the future Locust Road.

Attorney John Hanson, representing the owners of the property, John Galloway and the Narvick family, came before the Planning Commission during its regular meeting Wednesday.

In 2006, Galloway and Robert Narvick had the seven acres located on West U.S. 6, adjacent to That Perennial Place, annexed into the city. It was zoned Business-3 at that time. Wednesday, Galloway was present, but not Narvick.

Since then, they have purchased another narrow piece of property to the west, said Bill Cheshareck, building and zoning officer, after the meeting. Now they want to split all of the property into two lots.

A self-storage facility is on the southern part of the property, while the north part is vacant. An interested buyer for the now-separate lot was present at the meeting, but he did not comment on what his plans were for the property.

In 2006, as part of the annexation agreement, the owners are partly responsible for the cost of expanding Locust Road from West Side Park north to U.S. 6 and connect with Locust  in Deer Ridge. According to the agreement, Narvick/Galloway are responsible for 20.1 percent, the city 21.7 percent and the neighboring Heritage Estates Subdivision, which is apartments, is responsible for 58.2 percent.

City Planner Mike Hoffman of Teska Associates asked about the timing of the construction of the road.

Cheshareck said part of the issue is that the Illinois Department of Transportation now wants that to be a signalized intersection, which will lead to a delay dealing with IDOT.

Hanson said they also have to work with the neighboring property owner who is responsible for the other half of the road.

This matter will be on the Morris City Council agenda April 1.

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