Maplewood School Property Updates

School District School District 26 recently advertised a request for bids regarding the sale of the former Maplewood School property.  The request for bids was released on May 31st with a bid opening of July 5th. The District received two bids which met their required minimum standards.  The proposals were reviewed and voted on by the District 26 Board during their meeting on July 17th to select a preferred purchaser. Following this approval, Village staff had preliminary discussions with the purchaser, Patrick Taylor, regarding the property and the Village’s Development Review process. Through these discussions the developer requested an opportunity to meet with the Village Board to discuss the property and its potential redevelopment. On August 22nd the Village Board held a Special Village Board Meeting to meet with the potential developer and provide preliminary feedback on re-development of the site prior to production of plans.

The Village’s Comprehensive Plan provide sensitive guidance regarding the Maplewood Property and the potential redevelopment of the 15 acre site.  The property is referenced on over 25 pages of the Plan with specific focus on the property provided within the Downtown Subarea Plan.  Areas of discussion include providing access to the north of the property by extending Industrial Drive/High Road, multi-family infill development, potential for mixed-use development, and integration with the downtown area and Metra station among others. The Downtown Subarea portion of the Comprehensive Plan is attached for reference which includes a conceptual layout of potential redevelopment of the property. 

Updates

Date Status                                                                                         
05.31.17 Maplewood Property request for bids released
07.17.17 Proposals reviewed and voted on by District 26 Board
08.22.17 Developer Patrick Taylor met with Village Board to discuss the property and receive public input
10.03.17 Developer Patrick Taylor presented Concept Plan to the Committee of the Whole
12.05.17 A revised Concept Plan presented to the Committee of the Whole by Developer Patrick Taylor

Concept Plan As Presented 12.05.17