At a Special meeting on Monday, December 23rd, the Village Board members voted unanimously to support the purchase of the Woodbine Golf Course and existing Clubhouse buildings, located on 151st Street. I appreciate the Village Board’s support of this important acquisition. The Village Board has been discussing this acquisition for quite some time. Because the purchase involved land acquisition, those discussions have occurred in private, as allowed by law. It is important to know that the Village did not rush into this purchase decision. However, we are trying to complete the purchase before the end of the calendar year, hence the special board meeting on December 23rd.
For $3.3 million dollars, the Village of Homer Glen is seeking to purchase the over 100 acres of land, the club house/banquet facility and other building facilities that currently encompass the Woodbine Golf Course. The money utilized for this purchase comes from a mixture of money that was saved by the Village over the years and some bond proceeds. The opportunity for this acquisition comes as the Ludwig family, the long-time owners of Woodbine Golf Course, are seeking to retire. The goal is for the Village to secure the property and for the Ludwig Family to operate the golf course and clubhouse during the 2014 calendar year. Then, the Ludwig’s will retire at the end of 2014 and the golf course and banquet facility will close.
The Village’s next goal is to turn the existing golf course land into an outstanding community park with new ball fields, trails and multiple other recreational uses, centrally located in Homer Glen.
In addition, the existing club house and banquet facility will be remodeled into Homer Glen’s next Village Hall to serve our ever expanding community. This action will create a community center with the Village Hall, Library and Highway Department all located in close proximity to one another.
My hope is that a portion of the remodeled Village Hall facility will also be able to serve as Homer Glen’s first dedicated senior center with regular programming and activities, sponsored by the Village, to the benefit of our great senior citizens.
I truly believe this purchase is in the absolute best interests of the Homer Glen community. As everyone knows, I have been a long time advocate of securing the centrally located buildings and land that currently make up the Woodbine Golf Course. I believe the community needs our first, true community park, centrally located, with enough land to provide activities for kids of all ages.
I appreciate the Ludwig Family’s long time commitment to the Homer Glen community and am grateful that they have embraced the Village’s goals and vision for this important community center. As I mentioned at the start of my remarks, I sincerely appreciate the Village Board’s support of this important acquisition. As always, the Village is happy to address your questions at 708.301.0632.