New business opportunities were approved unanimously by members of the DeKalb City Council and DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith. After recent approval by the DeKalb Planning and Zoning Commission last Wednesday, the DeKalb City Council concurred on Monday evening to give the go-ahead for the new 1.2 million square feet distribution center. The project is off Gurler Road east of ILL. Route 23.
According to Jerry Krusinski, the CEO of Krusinski Construction Company, this is phase one of what can develop into additional buildings and businesses that would want to move to this business park. Creating a DeKalb Enterprise Zone (City and County) makes this and other projects desirable according to Krusinski. The yet to be named company involved with this project will be announced soon.
The first projected building will house a food distribution center with a potential of 1,000 working three shifts by the end of 2020. Earthmoving equipment has been busy for the past three weeks grading the landscape preparing for footing to be constructed before frost delays construction.
There were also comments from local residents that live near the future sight as to a variety of problems the new building may create. Concerns included the number of big trucks that would tie up the highway without additional lanes. Other concerns were blocking entrances to the neighboring homes and roads. One big concern by both the neighbors and Jerry Krusinski was how to control the water runoff from the area. At the Zoning Commission meeting, City Planner Dan Olson and City Engineer Zac Gill addressed those concerns that plans were in place to control run-offs as well as dealing with drainage.
Members of the council were very supportive of this project and gave congratulatory comments to Jerry Krusinski and the efforts of the Krusinski Construction team. Mayor Jerry Smith had stated earlier this distribution center was moving someplace and the people should be happy they chose DeKalb, Illinois.