The Village Board unanimously approved buying a vacant property in the five-corners area Monday as part of a plan to beautify and redevelop Glen Ellyn’s northern gateway.
Glen Ellyn Trustee Carl Henninger offered to provide the first ceremonial swing of a sledgehammer to demolish the now vacant Marathon gasoline station at 825 N. Main St., near the intersection of Main Street, St. Charles Road and Geneva Road.
“That abandoned Marathon station is an eyesore, and it’s right on an important gateway of our community,” Henninger said after Monday’s Village Board meeting. “Having grown up in that neighborhood, I’m so anxious for us to move forward with beautifying it.”
Village attorney Stewart Diamond said the purchase is one of the few advantages the economic downturn has provided Glen Ellyn. The village will pay $590,000 for the property, which was subject to sales negotiations in 2005 at a price of more than $1.4 million, according to Glen Ellyn officials.
The village plans to close on the property this week.
The village does not plan to redevelop the land itself, but owning the property will allow Glen Ellyn officials to sign off on any projects proposed by outside developers and ensure they fit within their long-term vision for the area, Henninger said.
“That’s one of the beauties of us owning the property,” Henninger said, of the site, which is across from History Park and Stacy’s Tavern Museum. “We’ll have a lot of control over the development. So, the idea is that it will be definitely in keeping with the spirit of History Park nearby. It’s not going to be some modern monstrosity that won’t fit the character of the neighborhood.”
Glen Ellyn trustees also approved Monday the adoption of an intergovernmental agreement between the village and Lombard for the reconstruction of the Hill Avenue bridge.