by Lynn Meredith
Elburn—Walk by the open lot northeast of the tracks on First Street, and you’ll see glimpses of a space that was once Boy Scout Park. It began as a project to beautify an empty space that the village didn’t need. Now the village is considering selling it.
“It’s sitting there as an orphan right along the railroad tracks,” Trustee Bill Grabarek said. “It was purchased as the cornerstone of a governmental campus. We wanted to enlarge the municipal campus, but that use turned out to not be viable.”
The village paid approximately $200,000 for the lot and house. The house was subsequently torn down when it was clear it couldn’t be used due to structural issues. The question then became what to do with this piece of land that could not be used as originally hoped.
“It’s not big enough for a parking lot. It’s not big enough for a skate park,” Grabarek said. “It’s right by the tracks. There’s issues of safety with the trains right there. It’s not attractive.”
The Village Board discussed the possibility of selling the property.
“It’s a piece of property that the village should not own, has no need for, has no reason for,” Village President Dave Anderson said. “Now’s as good a time as any (to sell). For the past year and a half that I’ve been in office, it has not been an asset to the taxpayers or the village of Elburn.”
Should the board decide to sell the property, it cannot set the price, according to state statutes, but it can set a minimum price. The village can either accept sealed bids, or it can have the land appraised by a state licensed appraiser and conduct a private sale or public auction.