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Libertyville Trustees Agree to Put Bolander Property Up for Sale

The property, which includes a park and building, is located on Winchester Road.

The village of Libertyville may soon no longer own the Bolander property.

Trustees voted unanimously Sept. 25 to sell the Bolander Property, located on Winchester Road. According to a document drafted by Village Administrator Kevin Bowens, "the village staff and Parks and Recreation Committee have been conducting a study of the property, and determined that it is underutilized."

The study revealed that just four staff members work in the building on the Bolander Property, and that the property is Bowens stated in the summary provided to the village board.

The necessary work includes: $100,000 for roof replacement, exterior repairs, painting and hockey rink repairs within the next one or two years; and $200,000 for additional capital repairs in the next three to five years.

The resolution approved by trustees at the Sept. 25 meeting states that the nearly 5.3-acre property will not be sold for less than 80 percent of its appraised value of $1.725 million.

Trustee Jay Justice what will happen to the Bolander Park sign when the land is sold.

Bowens said the village could consider incorporating another site and naming it Bolander Park.

"That would be a nice gesture," said Justice.

The four staff members who work in the Bolander building will be relocated to the Libertyville Sports Complex and other village facilities. The Parks and Recreation Committee, along with village staff, will evaluate the possible relocation of the outdoor ice skating/roller-hockey rink that is now at Bolander Park.

Editor's Note: The headline has been changed to reflect that the property is being put on the market but has not yet been sold. I apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

Ana Draa September 27, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Selling the building and relocating the office staff makes perfect sense. But the park? Underused??? I live off of Winchester and see that park is heavily used for sports practices for numerous teams year round. Selling that practice field will make it even tougher for youth sports in our village.
Peg Ford September 27, 2012 at 12:03 PM
I'm very sorry I hear that. As an adult I utilize the hockey rink all year round. There are regularly kids and adults playing there. The practice fields are important as well. Another example of Libertyville not utilizing its resources properly.
Brian L. September 27, 2012 at 12:34 PM
That is awful. I am thirty one now and my friends and I have been playing roller hockey there since high school. Sometimes there are as many as 10-15 skaters, especially since there are lights. I know they stated about relocating it, but doesn't that cost more than just a repainting of the surface? What a shame. Nothing like making sure people have less constructive activities to do close to residential areas.
Brian September 27, 2012 at 12:54 PM
I am outraged. I grew up in Libertyville all my life and spent many years using the facilities at Bolander playing hockey with all my friends. I moved back to the area because I loved Libertyville so much and wanted a nice location to race my newborn daughter. As much as I like the improvements that downtown as made, it's starting to turn too much commercial and lose it's hometown feel. Selling this off is just another loss for the community that doesn't have a lot of places it can go to play sports.
Sara Ann September 27, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I am very sad to hear about this news. I love Libertyville and specifically chose my home to be walking and biking distance to downtown and these parks. I am a mom to a baby boy and was looking forward to watching him play sports on the practice fields and hockey rink. I hope they replace the rink near its current location. I am also nervous about who is going to buy the property? What kind of business is now going to be located so close to my home? The village needs more open space. Not more commercial property that will most likely sit vacant.
Connor September 27, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I am a 16 year old kid and i love going to bolander its easy to get to and i can play hockey yeat round. People always get groups to play roller hockey and in the winter twice as many people skate and se the ice for fun with friends and family.
Fran September 28, 2012 at 12:43 AM
The village is being very short-sighted selling this centrally-located park. Level the building - that's fine if it is underutilized and in need of repair but don't sell the property. Doing so would only be more of the same of government across this country - quick fix rather than long term vision.
Mary Carol October 03, 2012 at 03:42 AM
What will happen to the dance classes held in the Bolander Building?
william w meyer iii October 03, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Trustees: Your decision is wrong and very short sighted. You are beginning to dismantle one of the amenities that drew my family as well as others to Libertyville. The property is not under-utilized and can be enhanced over time. The location is A+. I fear you are looking for bandaides to mask the real problem; the Big White Elephant :The Sports Complex.Thank you

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