Glenwood to buy paintball location, rehab building for $1.3M

2013-09-27T22:30:00Z 2013-09-27T23:26:20Z Glenwood to buy paintball location, rehab building for $1.3MPaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 27, 2013 10:30 pm  • 

GLENWOOD | The Village Board approved a resolution last week that could lead to the purchase of property at 537 W. 195th St.

The resolution gave the go ahead to offer a contract to buy the property in the village's industrial park that is the longtime home of Chicagoland Paintball.

"It's probably in the worst shape of all our buildings in the industrial park," Village Attorney John Donahue said.

The village plans to use tax increment financing funds to buy the property for $450,000 and then spend no more than about $915,000 on improvements that would include work on the roof and sprinkler system.

If all goes according to plan, the village would then sell the property to the Tuffli Co. for $400,000 so that a business that assembles pumps can occupy the building.

The Village Board voted 5 to 1 to approve the resolution. Trustee Paul Styles cast the lone vote against the measure.

"I see no reason in the world why we should spend $1,365,000 to get back $400,000 and a tenant," Styles said. "It's just beyond me."

Village President Kerry Durkin said the village's plan would bring jobs to Glenwood and fix what he said is "the biggest eyesore in the industrial park."

Chicagoland Paintball is the current tenant of the building the village wants to buy.

Andrew Zorn, co-owner of Chicagoland Paintball, said last week the business is still open and is basically playing it by ear as far as any sale of the building is concerned.

In other news, the village is hosting its third annual golf outing Oct. 4 and 5 at the Glenwoodie Golf Course to support Glenwood Youth Sports Organizations.

Dinner will be served starting with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m. on Oct. 4. Golf will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Oct. 5.

The cost is $85 per person for golf and dinner, $70 for golf only and $30 for dinner only.

Funds will be used to cover operational and equipment costs involved with the village's youth baseball, basketball, golf and football programs.

The deadline to register is Sept. 30.

Call the Glenwoodie Golf Course at (708) 758-1212 for more information.

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