Plan Commission tables vote on Joliet apartments

Plans for the new Timber Oaks apartment complex have been put on hold for at least a month.

The Joliet Plan Commission on Thursday voted to table a vote on final plans for the project after voicing concerns about access to the site for emergency vehicles, fire hydrants, and space to put plowed snow.

The project has been in the works for months, and the Plan Commission and City Council already have approved a preliminary plat for the plan for 48 apartments.

New concerns were raised Wednesday by the fire department, developer Ed Mattox said.

“If the chief wants an additional hydrant or two, we’ll agree to do that,” Mattox said.

Plan Commissioner Jason Cox said he spoke to Fire Chief Greg Blaskey on Thursday before the meeting.

“He stressed to me concerns about one access in,” Cox said. “My personal opinion is that there are some issues that need to be resolved with the fire chief.”

Timber Oaks would include three apartment buildings at the Interstate 55 Southeast Frontage Road and Timber Ridge Court.

Commission Chairman John Dillon asked whether there was enough room to put snow when it’s plowed from the complex streets.

Mattox said the plowing would be similar to that at a nearby condominium project he has. But he said he could develop a plan if needed.

“We can come back with your staff with a snow plowing storage kind of thing,” Mattox said. “I’ve never done that before. But we can certainly do that.”