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When the neighboring boutique becomes a flood-lit warehouse

Watch the Wingate neighborhood in Shiloh develop over the years

A look at how the Villages at Wingate neighborhood in Shiloh, IL developed over the years using historical Google Maps images.
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A look at how the Villages at Wingate neighborhood in Shiloh, IL developed over the years using historical Google Maps images.

So you buy a house in a new subdivision with an expectation that the final lots will be single-family homes, just like the rest of the neighborhood. Suddenly the developer wants to put in an apartment building.

Your property values just sank. You were misled about the nature of the neighborhood. You feel cheated.

So imagine a village making a promise about how an area near your subdivision would be allowed to grow. Call that promise “zoning.” Then imagine the village considering allowing storage units instead of the retail and professional offices you thought would be there when you bought the property.

Shiloh village leaders need to think about that when they consider a zoning change that would allow nearly 8 acres at 200 N. Green Mount Road to become a U-Haul self-storage facility and RV parking lot. The village’s Planning Commission tabled the question Monday night after a three-hour discussion attended by 59 homeowners. They will take up the issue in a month and then it will go to the village board.

Resident Allison Cugier is worried about light spilling from the storage facility all night.

“It will need to be lit up like a football field if it’s not going to get broken into,” she said.

The local marketing president for U-Haul said dense trees will minimize the light, but take 10 years to grow.

If you are a homeowner worried about reselling your house someday, that sounds like a future hope more than a promise.

Shiloh’s Planning Commission and Village Board should reject this project. Storage units could go almost anywhere else.

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