Dear Neighbor,

Since we held our community Open House in June, we’ve been busy gathering your feedback, addressing your concerns and listening to your ideas and suggestions for Compass Business Park.

The result is a thoughtful, master-planned development that addresses community needs, maintains quality of life and supports a vision for safe, responsible development.

We filed an application with the Village of Elwood for consideration by the Village’s Planning & Zoning Commission to begin the first half of Compass Business Park just east of Route 53 in Elwood.

The application addresses a narrow set of topics under the jurisdiction of the Planning & Zoning Commission – primarily the rezoning of the land and a recommendation for annexation.

The application establishes a clear set of minimum guidelines and standards that generate maximum benefits for residents and the Village.

The Planning & Zoning Commission will meet to review this application. The Village Board will ultimately consider the rezoning and annexation , which will cover benefits, financial terms and other details.

We wanted to give you the opportunity to learn more about the plan and see for yourself.


A responsible solution…

Unlike the haphazard, unplanned growth that has occurred in southern Will County in recent years, Compass Business Park brings a community-minded, master-planned approach.

Compass will be an open, inviting campus born out of community feedback. Residents and visitors are welcome into the park, which will offer walking paths and bike trails.

The business park comes at no financial risk to taxpayers while providing new jobs, community benefits and new revenue for area schools and taxing districts.

… Compass Business Park

NorthPoint Development is requesting that the Village rezone approximately 851 acres of land, roughly 176 acres of which is currently located in the Village, and eventually annex approximately 675 acres of land that is generally located a mile east of Route 53. The full 851 acres would be classified as I-2 (light industrial).

Design plan routes traffic, offers attractive public environment

Compass Business Park not only captures and contains truck traffic but strategically manages employee traffic, redirects wayward trucks and educates drivers while creating natural buffers and safe pedestrian-friendly bike paths and trails.

Bridge, closed loop reroute traffic

The bridge, which only connects Walter Strawn Drive and Ira Morgan Street, will also ease congestion on Mississippi Road by providing an alternative, faster route for existing employees who work in areas west of Route 53. It also helps prevent truck access from the Park to Route 53, limiting truck traffic on local roads.

Providing thoughtful safety solutions

The Mississippi entrance truck turnaround provides a thoughtful, safe solution to redirect trucks off local roads, away from town and into the business park. An information station will be staffed to educate drivers.

Barriers keep trucks off local roads

Co mpass Business Park will include 10 barriers as part of the first half of the development to prevent trucks from accessing local roads and Route 53 and capturing them within the closed loop.

Innovative solutions accommodate community needs

NorthPoint will ensure that emergency vehicles will be able to drive under the barriers and that farming equipment can access the property.

New traffic signs, road improvements make Mississippi/53 intersection safer

NorthPoint is working with IDOT to add a traffic signal at the intersection of Route 53 and Mississippi Ave., which the Village and residents have sought for the past decade. Additional traffic improvements include better overall flow with additional lanes, a new landscaped median and efficient flow for passenger vehicles to enter and exit the park.

Setbacks, landscaping provide natural buffer and aesthetics…

These cross sections illustrate the standard layout on a primary road inside the closed loop. The business park will be set back 40 feet from the primary road with new berming and double-row tree plantings to screen the park. A ten-foot wide walking path will also stand between the road and Compass buildings with additional pedestrian paths adjacent to secondary roads. Several parts of the park will feature an additional 12 ½ feet of setback to accommodate trailer parking.

Pedestrian/bike trails offer safe passage

A multi-purpose trail will provide safe and convenient access from O’Connor and Archer parks across Route 53 and connect to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie via a new trail/tunnel.

Comprehensive signage educates drivers

NorthPoint will work with IDOT and the County to develop a comprehensive signage system for trucks to alert drivers of the appropriate routes and coordinate with the County, State and mapping services to update trucker GPS.

Development guidelines ensure standard of excellence

Compass Business Park will adhere to specific standards in regards to enhanced building materials, landscaping, naturalized detention, natural screening and buffers, fencing and lighting.

Architecture and design elements in harmony with the environment

Compass Business Park will adhere to specific standards in regards to enhanced building materials, landscaping, naturalized detention, natural screening and buffers, fencing and lighting.

Dark sky standards reduce light pollution

The overuse of poorly designed light fixtures is the primary cause of light pollution. Compass Business Park’s lighting will exceed the Village’s minimum standard and be Dark Sky compliant, which prohibits uplighting and floodlighting.

Double row landscaping goes beyond the standard

NorthPoint will double the Village standard by planting a double row of trees on both sides of all primary roadways, creating a natural canopy. NorthPoint will plant a tree every 20 feet.

Naturalized detention enhances water quality

All water detention basins will be naturalized throughout Compass Business Park. Naturalized detention stabilizes soil better than turf grass and offers additional benefits, such as improved water quality and the creation of wildlife habitats. It also reduces the volume and rate of stormwater runoff to prevent flooding, and increases recharge of aquifers.