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New Lenox Eyes 'Downtown' Plan and Buys 4 Properties Near Train Station

Village will spend almost $3 million to acquire the land.

One of the properties the village intends to buy and package into a deal to build a downtown. | Patch file photo
One of the properties the village intends to buy and package into a deal to build a downtown. | Patch file photo

New Lenox is assembling a swath of land alongside the Metra station near U.S. 30 and Cedar Road to turn over to a developer to craft a "quaint downtown." The village board on Monday night voted to acquire four properties, reports freelance journalist Erin Gallagher, and then demolish the buildings:

  • BP gas station: $1.65 million
  • the ontime House of Hughes property: $505,000
  • the Pit Stop bar: $375,000
  • a dry cleaners building: $309,000

Mayor Tim Balderman said he would not identify the developer but that residents would recognize the businesses the village hopes to draw to a newly developed "downtown" area. Contracts are not yet final.

» via Sun-Times Media
Bob Elwood June 30, 2014 at 03:59 PM
I agree fill vacant first. And no matter how "quant" you make it the waste water plant is still in middle of town. What genious made that decision?
Anthony Pellicano June 30, 2014 at 09:00 PM
Any ideas of what might go up when they level those properties?
Anthony Pellicano June 30, 2014 at 09:03 PM
Hooters or BW's
Cat July 01, 2014 at 08:11 AM
Yes let's bring some venues that will actually draw people out of their suburban nests to get out and mingle and talk to each other! That is precisely what this town needs.
Allan Sluis July 03, 2014 at 05:41 PM
Is Eminent Domain being used by New Lenox officials to force the sale of these businesses/private properties?

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