GLENWOOD | The Village Board gave authorization on Tuesday for an offer to purchase the former Busy Bee property at 601 W. Holbrook Road.
The florist and garden center has been closed for about a year and a half, and Village President Kerry Durkin said a bank has foreclosed on the property. He said the property contains two buildings connected to hundreds of feet of greenhouses.
"I went there the other day and the doors were unlocked," Durkin said. "So people are coming through the greenhouse and then unlocking the door and walking out."
Durkin said he would like the village to obtain the property to secure it and prevent any further decay so that it does not lose its value, "and then market the property aggressively to put a business in it."
He said the property, at the corner of Holbrook and Chicago Heights-Glenwood roads, is listed online and the asking price is about $780,000.
Durkin said the village will offer far less than that amount, but he did not want to disclose how much.
"I'm not worried at all that we will find an end user to go into that property," he said.
Trustee Carmen Hopkins said it would be good to find a viable business to move into the Busy Bee location, especially since Walmart has announced its intention to move to Homewood and thus vacate its spot in Glenwood at 103 Holbrook Road, at the corner of Halsted Street and Holbrook Road.
"There's a real strong possibility that that whole corner could be nonexistent as far as business is concerned, other than Westside Transport coming through there or people going back and forth into the industrial park," Hopkins said.