Forest Park seeks to sell sliver of land on Beloit

Once proposed as a police substation, adjacent lot is now empty

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By Jean Lotus


The Forest Park Village Council on Monday is slated to vote to solicit bids for the purchase of a 9-by-30-foot ribbon of village-owned land at 1000 Beloit Ave.

According to Village Administrator Tim Gillian, the sliver of land is used as an access path for a residential property to the south, whose owner approached the village about buying the land, which is outside the fence of what has been turned into a village-owned park.

The land runs east to west along the rear portion of the adjacent residential property to the south.

"We don't know why, but we discovered this odd shape when the village made the purchase," Mayor Anthony Calderone said. "It would make best sense for the property owner to the south to bid on this as it would square off his property."

The property sits across the street south of Ed's Way Finer Foods and has been a vacant corner park since a derelict pair of two-flats were torn down in 2008.

The village paid $330,000 for the entire parcel at the top of the real estate market in 2007. The property was acquired from the estate of Mohinder Sharma, who died shortly before the sale.

At the time, Mayor Anthony Calderone said he favored using the land to build a police substation on the south end of town. Commissioners Theresa Steinbach and Patrick Doolin voted against the sale at the time, complaining there was no plan for what would go there.

The plot is now filled with grass and is dotted with benches. The lot is zoned for high-density residential property.

Gillian said it would be too expensive to have the walkway surveyed and appraised and would be easier to just announce the village would solicit bids for the land.

If they get a bid, the village will sell the land, Calderone said.


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Solution from Forest Park  

Posted: July 31st, 2014 4:05 PM

The village must be keeping 3' so the cops can park their police bikes when they are sitting on the benches at the substation...


Posted: July 31st, 2014 11:17 AM

Hmmmm, everywhere it says that the plot is 9 x 30 and then the mayor sent this out yesterday; "We gave the Village Administrator the authority to sell a 6 x 30 foot parcel adjacent to 1000 Beloit which is not being utilized by the village." So is it 6 or 9?

Solution from Forest Park  

Posted: July 31st, 2014 11:06 AM

The village can still convert it a police substation. Just have cops sit on the nice park benches!


Posted: July 30th, 2014 11:55 AM

Has anyone taken a ride by this sliver of land that the village owns? I have and it is a sin that the village has not cut the weeds that are almost as tall as the plastic fence (wonder if the mayor got his plastic fence at a discount when the village did this one) that is missing slats. What a supreme waste of taxpayer money that whole plot is. It is a lovely satellite police station though.


Posted: July 28th, 2014 3:19 PM

Would love to move. Wanna buy my house? Hard to get good money for a property in a town that is a joke!

Owen from Forest Park  

Posted: July 28th, 2014 12:43 PM

@FYI Please, drag the guard rail thing out even more and then maybe take a guard rail from the pile and continue to beat the horse. Also, feel free to move to a town that's less of a joke.


Posted: July 25th, 2014 11:10 PM

Who knows, maybe the sale will cover the cost of the Mayor's guardrail install and initial placement of his speedbump. Maybe. What a joke of a village.

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