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Spot on edge of Oswego to go commercial

This site near border Oswego has been zoned for commercial use. | Jenette Sturges~Sun-Times Media

This site near the border of Oswego has been zoned for commercial use. | Jenette Sturges~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: August 13, 2013 6:14AM

Despite some protest from neighbors, a now-residential property just outside of Oswego’s current boundaries will be set aside for commercial use.

The Belk property, at the southeast corner of Routes 30 and 34, is still quite outside Oswego’s official boundary, but is on Oswego’s side of the line for future development.

On Tuesday, the Oswego Village Board voted to rezone the property for commercial shopping or wholesale use upon annexation into the village.

Residents in nearby homes have spoken at Village Board meetings for the past month, urging trustees to keep the property designated for residential use. The property faces the busy Routes 30 and 34, which see a combined 56,000 cars per day pass through the intersection, and acts as a wooded buffer between the intersection and a few older residential homes.

“Businesses are creeping closer and closer, and that is something we have to deal with,” said neighbor Cathryn Hambly, addressing the Oswego Village Board on Tuesday. “I’m not sure why more buildings are being allowed to be built leaving empty buildings and strip malls... like the wildlife, being pushed out of our familiar surroundings.”

Currently, the owner of the 2 acres of land in question has no intended use for the wooded property, which has been on the market for several years. According to village staff, the property owner believes the land would be more likely to sell if it could be developed for a business rather than residential use.

Therefore, the property may not develop for some time until the site becomes contiguous to the village and has access to sewer and water utilities.

Hambly, and other neighbors, said they have lived near the Belk property most of their lives.

“Having the Belk property zoned to commercial ... would invade our privacy,” Hambly said. “Quite truthfully, I hope it never sells.”

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