Village officials vote for new building at Glenwoodie Golf Course

2013-06-23T00:00:00Z Village officials vote for new building at Glenwoodie Golf CoursePaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent
June 23, 2013 12:00 am  • 

GLENWOOD | The Village Board on Tuesday approved having an architect draw plans for a new building at the village-owned Glenwoodie Golf Course.

Tim Donohoe, general manager and executive chef at Glenwoodie, said the Glenwoodie clubhouse has two banquet rooms and that a new building would provide for a third venue.

"There are many, many days in the summer when we cannot book social events, like weddings, which are very high profit events, because we've booked golf outings," Donohoe said.

He said a tent was rented three times this year to accommodate golf outings.

If the board ultimately approves construction, the building is expected to be about 30 feet by 80 feet and also include locker rooms, showers and extra room for storage.

Village President Kerry Durkin said construction of the new building would likely cost in the neighborhood of $265,000 to $270,000.

"We're in a position where we're literally forced to expand because business is good," Durkin said.

Durkin said the plan is to pay for the construction of the new building with money that would be received if the village sells the rights to a cell tower located on village-owned land at the golf course.

He said the village receives $42,000 annually by leasing the cell tower, but that an offer has been received in which the village would get more than $1 million for selling the rights to the tower for a seven-year period.

The board voted 4-2 to pay a Chicago-based architectural firm, CMMR LLC, just under $10,000 to draw up plans for the new golf course building.

Trustees Terry Campbell, Ron Gardiner, Carmen Hopkins and Paul Styles gave approval, while Trustees Rich Nielsen and Tony Plott did not approve.

"I'm for the concept, I think it's great, but I think we should wait til we sell the tower before we have this done," Nielsen said. "If we never get the money to build it, then we spent $10,000 for nothing."

In other action Tuesday:

• The board voted to table a proposed redevelopment agreement with the Wendy's restaurant at 18257 S. Halsted St. to allow more time for discussion between trustees and the store owner.

A decision on the matter could come as soon as the July 2 board meeting.

• The board voted unanimously to renew trademarks for the golf course.

Trademarks for the name Glenwoodie and the tree design associated with the course were obtained in 2003 and were good for a 10-year period.

"It's a $500 fee for each one," Village Attorney John Donahue said.

• It was announced a Senior Health and Informational Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  June 26 at the John H. Blakey Senior Center, 1 S. Rebecca St. The Glenwood Fire Department will hold a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. June 26 at the same location.

Call (708) 753-2438 for information on the health fair or (708) 753-2440 to learn more about the blood drive.

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