Board looks to sell community building

Susan Chavarria, Regional Planning Manager, from the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission presented the St. Joseph Village board with the St. Joseph Comprehensive Plan goals and objectives.
Chavarria said that the planning commission was presented with the information last week and the commission requested some changes to 11 of the goals.
Chavarria said that the planning commission thought some of the language should be softened in some of the goals regarding open spaces in subdivisions.
The commission also asked for more information on some ordinances, like the storm water ordinance, that were listed in the goals and more information on TIF districts and possible housing developments.
The board approved the recommendation from the Regional Planning Commission. In the future the board will start the implementation plan of the goals and objectives.
Also at the meeting, Mayor B.J. Hackler said Boy Scout Willie Campbell will be having his Eagle Scout ceremony on Feb. 3 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church at 2 p.m.
Campbell put a sidewalk in front of the veterans memorial along Rt. 150.
It was also announced on Feb. 4 the parks committee will hold a meeting with youth sports organizations to discuss park usage for the spring and summer.
Also, it was announced the Chicago Fire will be returning to St. Joseph to hold a soccer clinic again this summer.
The village is waiving the fees for the team to use the St. Joseph soccer fields.
The board opened the bids for the building at 701 N. Fourth Street that the board had purchased from the Woodard Family.  The board had originally discussed using the building for a community center but soon found it did not fit the needs of the village. They decided to sell or lease the building.
Hackler said four people initially showed interest but only one person submitted a bid.  
A local business owner submitted a bid to the board that would allow them to lease the building for three years with the option to buy the building at the end of the third year.
The first year the business owner would pay the village $14,400. The second year the business owner  would pay $15,600 and the third year they would pay $16,800 for a total of $46,800.
The business owner  are proposing a purchase price of $198,500 at the end of three years.
The business owner  would be responsible for renovations, utilities and would carry liability insurance that would list the village as additionally insured.
If the village does not have to pay real estate taxes on the building the village could make as much as $245,300 from the sale of the building to the business owner, not including snow removal and insurance. If the village has to pay taxes they would make $230,300.
The village will review the proposal and vote at their next meeting.


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