City of Yorkville officials have announced that a roughly 200 plus acre industrial area along Eldamain Rd. and Faxon Rd. on the city's northwest side, has been designated by BNSF Railway as a "certified site."
The announcement essentially indicates that the certification acts as an economic driver to attract a large employer or employers to the area. With the site certification, businesses needing an area with as much acreage would be presented by BNSF as a prime area to develop in.
In a news release, the city said the area, known as Lincoln Prairie South, is situated at the intersections of State highways 34, 47, 71 and 126 with access to I-88 to the north, I-80 to the south, and I-55 to the east. Officials say the site is a prime location for development of more than 220 divisible acres.
Yorkville's site was one of six announced by BNSF who say it is a part of BNSF’s Premier Parks, Sites and Transload program.
Essentially, officials say businesses looking to locate at any of these properties could save six to nine months of construction time as a result of this analysis.
A diagram provided shows an extension of a looped rail track that could surround the property. The goal of the program is to provide an inventory of rail-served sites that are available for immediate development.
In order to be considered for the designation, sites must undergo a thorough analysis, which includes an evaluation of environmental and geotechnical standards, available utilities, site availability and existing and projected infrastructure.