New Lenox selling land for future development

Michelle Mullins | 3/15/2016, 9:54 a.m.
The sale will help with the village's push to redevelop the Route 30 retail and commercial corridor.
New Lenox Village Hall

The New Lenox Village Board plans to sell land the village owns at Cedar Road and Route 30 for a future commercial development.

The board on Monday agreed to sell the property for $450,000 to Heidner Properties, Inc., which plans to move quickly to develop an 8,400-square-foot retail building that would include Durbin’s Restaurant, Fleckenstein’s Bakery and Zembar Jewelers, Mayor Tim Baldermann said.

A CVS pharmacy is also slated to build adjacent to the site, which will turn a formerly blighted corner into a thriving retail development, Baldermann said.

The village has been actively working for the past few years to revitalize Route 30. It bought a former BP gas station as well as the adjacent vacant dry cleaners, bar and House of Hughes restaurant and demolished them.

Baldermann said the new businesses are likely to start a domino effect, spurring redevelopment along Route 30.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the final product,” he said.

In other news, the village board on Monday amended its liquor ordinances to include a BYO or Bring Your Own classification where patrons can bring their own beer or wine into an establishment and drink it with their meals.

Under the new classification, restaurants that derive more than 60 percent of its revenue from food sales, may obtain a BYO license. Also, craft-making stores or retail stores that offer structured instructional classes, such as a cooking class, may apply for a BYO license.

New Lenox has also announced that the New Lenox Police Department will serve as a designated “Internet Purchase Exchange Location.”

The police department will have a 24-hour video surveillance on the parking lot located on the lower level, northeast corner of the station so residents can buy and sell goods in a safe environment.

Finally, Baldermann on Monday announced that the village will have two sets of Triple Play concert series this summer. Each set will have a concert in June, July and August.

The popular concerts in the village Commons are open to New Lenox residents and sell out quickly. Profits are used to fund village-sponsored events, such as fireworks, movie nights and Christmas in the Commons.

The village plans to announce the bands coming to the amphitheater on April 2.