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Homer Glen seeks architect for village hall

Updated: February 17, 2014 8:34AM



After buying the Woodbine Golf Course and banquet hall last month, Homer Glen is moving to retrofit the existing building to serve as its village hall.

The village board Tuesday night approved seeking an architectural firm to renovate the 21,000-square-foot banquet hall into the village hall.

Mayor Jim Daley said he would also like to see the centrally located property serve as a senior citizens center, and the existing golf course transformed into the village’s main park, with recreational trails and sports fields.

The village would like input from an architectural firm with a background in renovating buildings for a public use, village manager Cameron Davis said. After soliciting proposals, the village board hopes to interview and hire a firm in April, Davis said.

Golfing and banquets will continue throughout 2014 as part of the village’s purchase agreement with the Ludwig family, and the village plans to occupy the building in 2015. Homer Glen closed on the $3.3 million purchase Dec. 30.

The village rents 9,000 square feet in a strip mall, 14933 Founders Crossing, for its village hall for $197,361 per year and pays an additional $23,975 for storage space for its Emergency Services and Disaster Agency. Daley said the village occupies a prime commercial site, and he looks forward to a new business opening in the village hall site.

Also Tuesday, trustees agreed to form a committee, consisting of Trustees Tedd Kagianas and George Yukich and the village attorneys, to review Homer Glen’s liquor ordinance. Village officials want to clarify the existing liquor licenses in connection with video gambling, which requires a business to have a liquor license to be able to offer the machines.

When trustees approved video gambling in May, Yukich said they wanted to help established restaurants in town that wanted to offer video gambling, but new businesses are seeking liquor licenses as a means to get gambling.

In October, the village board approved plans for a Dotty’s Cafe, a chain of country-style cafes with video gambling machines, and similar businesses plan to seek board approval in the next few months, officials said. Yukich and other trustees said they don’t want new businesses to focus primarily on gambling and serve food as a sideline.

The village board on Tuesday also approved restricting a medical marijuana cultivation center or dispensary to industrial zoning. Under the new state law legalizing medical marijuana, 22 growing centers and 60 dispensaries are allowed statewide.

Daley said no one has proposed such a business for Homer Glen, but the village, like many in the state, is taking a proactive approach to limit where it could operate.



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