Graystone owners tee up for sod farming
By Matthew Bruce Correspondent August 8, 2012 11:06PM
Updated: September 10, 2012 1:42PM
As expected, area duffers soon will have one less place to swing their nine irons.
The Tinley Park Village Board on Tuesday authorized the owners of Graystone Golf Course, at 7600 W. 191st St., to convert the 48-acre site to farmland for the next three years.
The nine-hole course, which sits just south of Interstate 80, opened in 1995. A special use agreement with the village in 1992 gave the owners the right to operate the site as a golf course.
That 20-year permit expires
Aug. 25. Tuesday’s amendment calls for the course to be shut down by Nov. 30.
According to village officials, the owners intend to convert the acreage into a sod farm.
The course is situated in a business district zoned by the village for office and restricted industrial use.
The village’s ultimate goal is for the property to be transformed into a business park. In the meantime, the current owners will use it to cultivate and sell sod.
The ordinance approved Tuesday calls for the property to be continuously marketed for redevelopment during the three-year period.