The Arlington Heights Park District has struck a deal to buy the long-standing Grandt’s Shell service station — a property it is sought for many years as a part of a imaginative and prescient to broaden Recreation Park.
Phrases of the settlement weren’t disclosed, with parks officers declining to debate particular particulars till the transaction is full.
However the park board’s unanimous vote Tuesday night time on a contract for the 18,150-square-foot property at Northwest Freeway and Belmont Avenue wouldn’t have come had been it not for the village board’s unanimous rejection of plans weeks earlier to show the mom-and-pop fuel station right into a Mariano’s fueling middle.
Park leaders and residents of the neighborhood simply east of the village’s downtown raised considerations over the potential enhance in site visitors they feared would include the Mariano’s station, which in addition they mentioned would not be harmonious or appropriate with the realm. These arguments led the village board on Aug. three to vote down a special-use allow Mariano’s wanted to put in 5 new fuel pumps and a small retail gross sales kiosk on the Grandt’s web site.
That opened the door to additional discussions between representatives for the park district and proprietor Craig Grandt, who’ve negotiated on and off for years over a attainable sale.
“We’re ecstatic to have the ability to have the chance to amass that piece of property,” mentioned park board President Maryfran Leno. “As talked about at quite a few conferences, the park district has had this on our radar for over 30 years. I must say in all probability in my lifetime or anyone else who’s right here proper now, if it did not flip right into a fuel station with comfort retailer or different new enterprise was constructed there, it is the final likelihood to amass and protect it as open area.”
Grandt did not reply to a request for remark Tuesday. However weeks earlier he accused the park district of making an attempt to “torpedo” his take care of Mariano’s, placing his retirement in jeopardy.
He additionally beforehand instructed the Day by day Herald the district had a number of last-chance alternatives to buy the land earlier than he struck a take care of the grocery store, characterizing the previous’s provide as “lowball.”
Whereas parks officers on Tuesday night time declined to reveal the acquisition worth, they beforehand revealed throughout prolonged village board deliberations the district’s final greatest provide was $935,000, plus the removing of underground tanks and environmental cleanup.
On the time, Leno promised to “work with the Grandt household to ensure a good and equitable transaction happens.”
Pending the closing on the Grandt’s web site, the park district would management all however one property on the block bounded by Northwest Freeway, Belmont Avenue, Miner Road and Douglas Avenue. The district began shopping for up properties within the space within the early 1990s and at present leases the industrial websites to auto restore outlets and rents homes to park district staff.
The park board Tuesday night time additionally reviewed early designs for a brand new inclusive playground and skate park as a part of a beforehand proposed $1.35 million improve of Recreation Park.
As soon as they’ve all properties in hand, commissioners have mentioned the last word purpose is to broaden the park, maybe with flower backyard plantings or different passive or lively leisure makes use of.