To the Editor:
I think it is time for the rest of McHenry to be heard, not just the minority who have special interests. Let’s set the record straight. Route 31 is going to go through a major reshaping, from Route 120 north leading to a five-lane highway along a commercial corridor. The parcel in question is already over one-half zoned commercial.
The church/school that is leading the opposition is facing much more of a problem from the highway widening than any gas station could bring.
This city improvement will bring added tax revenue to McHenry, and not just shift it from other businesses. The public always will go to the lowest provider. Consider traffic that travels through McHenry all summer on its way to Wisconsin and back.
We hear the comments about a historical residential district. How many of these are historically plaqued?
Change is sometimes difficult to accept, but there always is a reason for the change.
Thornton’s had nothing to do with the change that is taking place in the widening of Route 31. It is the result of population and increased traffic.
Contact your alderman and ask him or her to do the right thing for all of McHenry. Let this tax-producing company, one of the only new revenue producers willing to come into town and make an investment in our city in the past few years, help reduce our taxes before those tax dollars head north to Johnsburg.