Wilson-Kirk site going up for sale in Batavia
By Linda Girardi For The Beacon-News January 18, 2013 6:02PM
Updated: February 21, 2013 6:24AM
BATAVIA — The city will be putting up the “for sale” sign for a 6-acre tract of land on the northeast corner of Wilson Street and Kirk Road.
The property at one time had been considered for commercial development, but the previous owner in 2010 decided to deed the property to the city of Batavia.
Alderman Jim Volk said he thought at the time “it was a bad idea to take this free gift as is.”
Aldermen this week recommended staff get the process going to get an appraisal and then advertise the land for sale on the open market.
Alderman Dan Chanzit noted the parcel has potential as “gateway property.”
Volk said he supports having the city sell the property, but it should be made known to potential buyers that the Kane County Department of Transportation controls curb access on Kirk Road and not the city.
“I don’t want someone to be mad at us… Let’s try to sell it and get rid of it,” Volk said.
Community Development Director Scott Buening said Kane County would look at the access and see there already is a signalized intersection at Kirk and Wilson.
“Kane County has softened its position on some things on Randall Road, but full access is not going to happen,” Buening told aldermen.
Buening said about 25 percent of the property on the eastern and northern section is wetland that can be “modified” somewhat.
City staff has recommended that the highest and best use would be to sell the property and get it back on the tax rolls as commercial property generating sales tax revenues.
One of the obvious potential uses suggested would be a gas station for the high volume of truck traffic traveling to industrial parks. The property generated about $30,000 in annual property tax revenues for all taxing bodies before it was filed as an exempt parcel.