Bourbonnais, Nucor complete land swap
BOURBONNAIS—– The village of Bourbonnais and Nucor Steel officially completed a land swap on Monday night.
The village will receive 10 acres of land that eventually will become a north-south road connecting St. George Road to Bourbonnais Parkway.
It will provide future businesses near the upcoming Interstate 57 interchange with more transportation options.
“It’s a real key to that region,” Mayor Paul Schore told the Daily Journal. “It’s another alternative for truck traffic and future development. That’s what industry is looking for. They need that road and access to the Canadian National Railroad.”
Nucor agreed to dedicate the land to Bourbonnais after the village disconnected some of its annexed property two months ago.
The steel company is working on a $180 million expansion to bring a Merchant Bar Quality production operation to the area. The new facility would have been split between properties owned by Kankakee County and the village had Bourbonnais not agreed to disconnect.
Last month, the village also granted Nucor right-of-way access to McKnight Road to assist with its expansion.
“The area has been very welcoming and supportive of our efforts,” Nucor general manager Johnny Jacobs told the Daily Journal last month. “We have been able to bring great team members to our facility from this area. So, we are very excited to be here.”
Adding a north-south road between St. George Road and Bourbonnais Parkway has been part of the village’s comprehensive plan for the past 15-plus years. Nucor’s expansion made it possible.
“It has finally happened,” Schore said. “It will benefit us, Bradley and Manteno. We all need that connection to the new interchange. It will be a transportation hub for growth and new developments.”