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Village Decides Against RFP for Independent Village Greens Consultant

The Village of Woodridge has decided that the Park District will conduct a study of the Village Greens of Woodridge to maintain it as a mid-range competitive golf course.

A room full of Woodridge residents received a pleasant surprise Thursday night. They had packed the board room of the Village Hall with two goals in mind—voice their objections against any board action to approve a request for proposal for an independent consultant to determine potential land uses for the Village Greens of Woodridge and convince the village board to keep the Village Greens as it is—an 18-hole golf course.

Turns out, they didn't have to.

"Many audience members here this evening are interested in learning about the next steps regarding the Village Greens Golf Course. Many are under the impression the village board will be taking action regarding an RFP this evening," said Village Administrator Kathleen Rush as the conversation about the golf course began. "The board will not be taking any action to issue an RFP."

Rush told audience members that the village had met with members of the Woodridge Park District this week and had come up with another proposal:

1) The Woodridge Park District and golf staff would prepare a five-year financial plan. The plan would reflect the capital and operational needs to maintain the Village Greens as a mid-range competitive golf course, and the revenue stream to complement those needs.

2) The Park District would consider entering into a long-term lease with the Village Greens. The Woodridge Park District also would issue all debt and be responsible for any financial losses or gains of the golf course.

"Representatives of the Keep the Village Green [Committee] have asked to be part of this public conversation, and the village looks forward to working with the park district and Keep the Village Green on their long-range plan to maintain the golf course and also provides for the capital needs of the various improvements," said Rush.

After the proposal was read, the mayor gave each person in the room the opportunity to voice their opinions on it. One by one, attendees stepped up to the podium to thank the board for the proposal.

Because the matter was not on the agenda, the board was unable to vote on the proposal Thursday night. The mayor, however, asked each trustee to say whether they agreed with the proposal, and each trustee expressed that they were in favor of it.

Frustrated September 28, 2012 at 02:29 PM
amen...
Cathy September 28, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Thank goodness! Last thing we needed was another vacant strip mall
michael huber September 29, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Sabrina, Thank you for your excellent coverage of this issue and the way you kept your readers informed.
Robert Morris September 29, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Why would the village be bringing up all these talks about entering into an RFP, and then do a behind the scenes deal with the park district? Why not just ask the park district FIRST? Jees is this the type of things we can expect from the village? I guess they finally figured out the "people" didn't want this... They need to be the voice of the people, not one person!
Dan F. October 01, 2012 at 03:33 PM
The Consultants would find the best use is another mixed use high density retail/condo development, and that Woodridge would need to kick in millions so a kindly developer could make it all happen. Happens all the time. All the people showing up scared them off of sticking it to taxpayers.
J. Geoff Rove October 02, 2012 at 12:17 AM
I would welcome a development without TIF subsidies that adds a new Grocery, Hardware, or Auto Dealer to 75th St. Only a few "big box" spaces are empty between Darien and Woodridge. And lord knows the school districts could use the tax money. Maybe a 9 hole course can remain to buffer the housing areas.

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