By: Diane Benjamin
Realtors got heavily involved in last April’s Election. You probably noticed lots of campaign mail had their name on it – from Springfield.
In addition they gave Koos:
Look up all contributions here: https://illinoissunshine.org/
FYI: Bob Broad, Planning Commission head and Julie Hile partner plus advocate for zoning changes to One Normal Plaza, donated to Koos and McCarthy.
Realtors have a vested interest in protecting property rights. Monday night we will find out if they wasted their money.
The professional staff wants to give away a road to Rivian. See PDF page 176: https://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/4039
Besides the fact that road belongs to taxpayers since they paid for it and Rivian is a multi-billion dollar company, see anything strange?
“dead ends to the east at a property not owned by Rivian”
The documentation claims the owners of that property don’t use Electric Avenue. Is that because they aren’t allowed? The documentation does say there is a security fence blocking access. It also claims a railroad track blocks access.
The property that will loose access is currently zoned industrial but it is being farmed now. In the future what happens if somebody wants to used it for an industrial purpose? It will obviously be worth less since it will only have access from one side.
Instead of Rivian negotiating with that property owner, Is Normal taking away property rights without compensation? The owners have a legal right to use that road whether they are or not.
So, the Town wants to give away 2.033 acres and they claims this:
Realtors: Think the Town of Normal cares about property rights? Your chosen folks are supposedly running the place!
Property rights will value as much in Uptown 2.0 as they did in the original. Remember eminent domain?
Check out the rest of the agenda, more fun I’m not writing about in advance!