The New Lenox Village Board will be presented with a large development project for the village’s north side for consideration at its Committee of the Whole meeting Oct. 15.
Mayor Tim Baldermann shared the information after the board’s short regular meeting Monday night, adding that the development is for 200 acres of unincorporated land near the Silver Cross Hospital campus at Route 6 and Interstate 355. Baldermann said the board has “a long-term vision” for the area and “has been very patient with growth on the north side.”
The prospective development is “what we’ve been waiting for,” he said.
This is growth in addition to the growing Silver Cross Hospital campus, which recently added a new surgical center and also is building a mental health facility. Baldermann said he is very proud of the hospital, which includes a University of Chicago cancer center, because it provides local services to residents with serious health issues.
However, he said, “There are amenities needed in that area, and this project could be critical to getting that going.”
Baldermann said he could not reveal exactly what kind of development the project would entail because it has been something on which only he and staff have been working, and the board has not yet been informed. The land is under contract, and Baldermann said he expects the developers to be present at the Oct. 15 meeting. The property first would need to be annexed to the village.
Separately, the village also has “a very interested developer” for the former Papa Joe’s property on Route 30, near the Village Commons, Baldermann said.
Board trustees approved extensions to the purchase agreement it approved in August for the property at 400 W. Maple St., as part of its consent agenda Monday night. With the purchase agreement now expected to be finalized by Nov. 13, it “would be great” if the village could assign the closing of the property to the interested developer, Baldermann said.
Baldermann to run for re-election
Baldermann confirmed Tuesday morning that he is running for a fourth term as mayor. He had pulled a petition packet for the April 2 election once they became available Sept. 18 but had not officially announced his re-election bid.
“We’ve had a lot of success here in New Lenox despite many years of a down economy, but there is a lot more to be accomplished, and I want to be a part of that,” he said.