Business expansion creates jobs and headaches

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ARCOLA — The Libman Company is expanding north toward State Road 45, but people who live around the cleaning supplies company may be dealing with a major downside.

They’re worried about semi truck traffic and property values.

They’re concerned that the more expansion there is, the more property values will decrease.

More than that though, they don’t want semi trucks frequently coming down their street, which is what would likely happen after the expansion.

Aside from causing disruption, they say the streets aren’t built to handle that much and that heavy of traffic.

However, other neighbors are in support of expanding, because they say since it started expanding a few years ago, it’s brought more jobs, and will likely continue to do so.

Right now, additional warehouses are being built. An office building will go up after that.

Arcola Mayor Larry Ferguson gave a statement addressing neighbors’ concerns, saying “I would hate for anything to disrupt our residents, but on the positive side, it will create more jobs. In terms of truck traffic, I think it will affect even fewer residents when it’s done than it does right now.”

Ferguson also said where truck traffic would likely be rerouted.

It will start on 300 North, then go south on Elm Street, where some of the neighbors who are upset about it live.

But Ferguson said that road will be completely resurfaced so it can handle the traffic, and the majority of the trucks will come through during the day.

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