Homer Glen seeks input on Woodbine Golf Course site
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY firstname.lastname@example.org April 21, 2014 2:00PM
The village of Homer Glen recently purchased the Woodbine Golf Course from which it will create a 100-acre community park. | Susan DeMar Lafferty/Sun Times Media
Updated: May 23, 2014 6:15AM
Homer Glen residents are invited to discuss the future uses of the Woodbine Golf Course site at a special village board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, an hour prior to the start of the regular board meeting.
The meeting will be at the village hall, 14917 Founders Crossing.
The property was pending foreclosure when the village bought the 103-acre site, 14240 W. 151st St., and its 21,000-square-foot banquet hall for $3.3 million in December. It plans to remodel the banquet hall for use as the village hall, and to create a community park.
“We want to see what the community would like to see there,” Mayor Jim Daley said. “We are in the beginning stages. Nothing has been decided.”
Anyone wishing to speak must sign in prior to the meeting and will be limited to three minutes.
The golf course owner, WGC Real Estate LLC, headed by Jim Ludwig, has been allowed to continue operations through 2014, to fulfill any prior commitments, with the village gaining access to the property in 2015.
Village officials plan to hire an architect soon to design the remodel of the banquet facility, and will interview three finalists for that task, the mayor said. Funds for that project, which could begin this fall, have been built into the budget using capital improvement funds, Daley said.
“We are doing this one step at a time,” he said.
Once an architect has been selected for the village hall, village officials will seek proposals from park planners, Daley said.
While the village is working on a plan to develop the golf course, the 103 acres could be used for temporary sports fields, filling a “tremendous need,” he said.
The property was bought without a mortgage using money from its land acquisition, capital improvement and bond funds.
The village now rents 9,000 square feet in a retail strip center at Founders Crossing for its village hall and pays $197,361 annually plus another $23,975 for storage space for its Emergency Services and Disaster Agency.
Daley said he would like to include a space for senior citizens in the new village hall.
Woodbine is centrally located in the village and is adjacent to Homer Township Public Library and the Homer Township offices.