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WSPYnews.com photo by Mark Harrington.

Opposition has grown in the rural community of Big Rock where a slaughterhouse is being proposed.

Located just north of Route 30 on Dauberman Road, east of the village, the project will need an advisory vote from the Big Rock Planning and Zoning Commission as well as final approval from the Big Rock Village Board. While the 21 acre parcel has not been sold, one presentation by the interested party has been made to Big Rock government officials.

Over 1,200 people have signed an online petition against the slaughterhouse complex. Danyell D’Agostino is a spokesperson for the group Concerned Residents of Big Rock, opposing the project. 

More than 200 black signs with the words No Slaughterhouse line Route 30 and inside village blocks, with more being requested said D’Agostino

There has been concern of racist remarks since the buying group are of Muslim faith. But D’Agostino disagrees.

Opposers of the plan also say that any new employment would be low-paying. 

WSPY News obtained the development’s group’s initial six-page plan presented to the Big Rock government officials. There are eight buildings shown on the site.

The group would use the land and a 40-stall metal barn for 125 goats and sheep, five head of cattle, and free range fowl listed as turkey, duck, geese, and chicken.  

The documents also show a meat shop, which is also referred to as a small grocery store, a slaughterhouse, and a truck auto repair shop. 

In the slaughterhouse, an architect would plan for complete renovation of a building. Developers say a septic tank would be needed. 

The butcher shop would sell halal meat processed from other vendors, the developers saying there's a strong, unmet demand for this meat in the area. The nearest site is on the far east side of Aurora or in Plainfield. No alcoholic beverage sales are being asked. 

For the truck and auto repair and body shop, the estimated eight-bay facility would service semi-trucks and trailers also. 

Previously the Cottonwoods horse farm, the property has not been sold, according to the realtor, who declined to disclose the market price.

WSPY News attempted to contact Big Rock Village President Dean Hummel on Friday and is awaiting a response.

The Big Rock Planning and Zoning Commission postponed its recent meeting, apparently citing a lack of meeting space for anticipated attending residents, and has not been rescheduled. The Big Rock Village Board’s next meeting is May 11th. 

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