Village of Glen Ellyn to buy abandoned and inconvenient motels; Look at different options to put in his place – CBS Chicago
CHICAGO (CBS) – Two problematic motels; one vacant, another attracting dozens of police calls over the years.
So the village decided to do something – to buy them. Morning Insider Tim McNicholas takes us to Glen Ellyn, where village chiefs decided this month that enough was enough.
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Despite the cold and the snow. Hokkai Sushi owner Yan Tang says he likes its location on Roosevelt Road.
Tim: What do you think of this area?
Silk: It’s a good neighborhood. good people.
What does not he like ? The motels across the street.
One of them has been a vacant horror for years. But next door, the same owners continued to operate a motel in that separate building, where CBS 2 reported in 2016 of a man with a gun fighting with another man.
And in the past two years alone, police blotters have described disorderly driving, theft of vehicle parts, possession of controlled substances, and more.
For Tang, the vacant building is bad enough.
“Not nice for the city,” he said.
The properties have come on the market and taken off the market several times over the past five years. The village was tired of waiting for a developer to step in and shake things up, so they bought it for $2.85 million.
Tim: What is the square footage here?
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Brand: It’s 2.2 acres.
Village President Mark Senak said both buildings will be demolished this spring. Then?
“Our desire is to partner with a private development to try to determine what is the best use of this property,” Senak said.
Senak says the purchase will give the village more influence over what is built here. He plans to see at least some business development.
“One of the considerations is that we’re going to look for affordable housing for this place, but that’s one of many options. And until we hear from the locals, no decision has been made,” said he declared.
The owner of a nearby camera shop told us in an email “any plan the village has for redevelopment will be an improvement”.
As for Tang?
“It’s good for the city I think, for this neighborhood.”
He will be happy when these buildings are gone.
The village president says $2.85 million comes from the village reserve fund.
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His team will be receiving feedback on the plans over the coming months.