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Mayor Reaves: No News on Sports Complex, Yet

Mayor Brian Reaves told residents Monday that he's still in discussions with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, and that it supports the Village's use of the land.

The future of a proposed sports complex in Lemont is still unclear, Mayor Brian Reaves said Monday. 

Talks continue with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, which owns the land upon which the $21 million complex would be built. 

"They hold everything in their hands," Reaves said, of the MWRD. 

Reaves's approach to the project has incensed residents, after the board voted down a need for a referendum on the project. The mayor's vision for the 129,000-square-foot complex has some residents concerned about repercussions of potential shortfall in revenue, some saying the local community does not reflect the need for such a facility. Others have said the complex would be a magnet for the travel sports community, detailing weekends spent shuttling children between different sports facilities, along with money spent shopping local restaurants and stores. 

The MWRD supports the Village's use of the land, Reaves said. 

"The MWRD is behind Lemont doing what we can with that land," he said. "It all comes down to cost."

The land is currently flagged as a brown field, and Reaves is working with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to estimate what can be done with it, and for how much. 

He "hopes for some direction" within 4 to 6 weeks.

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Alan March 25, 2014 at 06:20 PM
Buster, so how much did the FOIA documents cost the village?
Alan March 25, 2014 at 06:24 PM
Repeat , repeat , repeat. Buster continues his games with the sequence of his posts.
Alan March 25, 2014 at 06:25 PM
Buster cant answer so she plays games with the sequence of posts.
B.S. Buster March 25, 2014 at 06:25 PM
Doesn't those FOIA documents that you and LUV ( affiliated with Lemont, Homer Glen and Lockport Tea Party) collected, at great expense to Lemont tax payers, state that the rent would be a portion of the gross PROFIT collected at the facility, Or in the worst case scenario of no operating profit $5000.00 per month? And isn't $5k per month cheaper than the amount of property tax collections waived if the village were to convert a similar tax paying parcel to tax exempt for government use? And wouldn't that property cost millions of dollars to obtain for the use of taking it off of the tax rolls? And wouldn't we still have a polluted piece of government owned property on our hands that someone is going to have to spend tax dollars to clean up if it weren't for those willfully paid user fees? Respectfully Bartholomew Sylvester Buster III

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