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The Bridgeview Sports Dome before it was damaged in a storm in December of 2015. (File photo)

The Bridgeview Sports Dome before it was damaged in a storm in December of 2015. (File photo)

Bridgeview rents out former golf dome site for parking

By Steve Metsch

The village of Bridgeview stands to make nearly $5 million by renting out space to park trucks where the golf dome formerly stood.

The village will be paid $45,000 per month in an agreement that runs through September 2030.

That comes to $540,000 per year and $4.86 million over the nine-year contract.

So, it’s no surprise that the village board, at its Oct. 6 meeting, unanimously approved the agreement.

The site is two parcels beside each other. One is at 8900 S. 77th Avenue. The other is at 7701 S. 78th Ave.

The dome was damaged beyond repair during a winter storm in December 2015. A new dome was eventually built adjacent to SeatGeek Stadium.

There were plans at one time for Stampede Meat to buy the 77th Avenue site for a new processing facility, but they never materialized.

Per the ordinance, the rent will be $22,000 per month from Tri Service Ent. LLC, based in Homer Glen, for the land at 77th Avenue.

In addition, Tri State will pay $23,000 per month to park trucks at the 78th Avenue site.

Asked if the deal is a good moneymaker, Trustee Patricia Higginson said “absolutely.”

“Oh, you better believe it,” Trustee Michael Pticek added.

FedEx and Amazon trucks will be parked there, Trustee Norma Pinion said.

The terms of the agreement call for three more renewals which could extend the deal through 2045.

In other business, the board approved a contract with M&J Asphalt Paving Company Inc. The company will repave five streets, Pticek said.

M&J was the lowest of four bids received, and came in well below the estimate of Robinson Engineering, Pticek said.

The village will pay M&J $419,692. Robinson, the village’s engineer, had estimated the work would cost the village $444,042

Pinion thanked residents who participated in the village’s annual Treasure Days, basically a village-wide garage and yard sale that was held over three weekends in September.

“It was very successful,” Pinion said. “We had over 500 homes this year and lots of buyers.”

Pticek called the “crowded” event “wonderful. Some dressed as pirates, Pinion said. Residents were pleased to receive chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil, Pticek said.

In other news, Trustee Mary Sutton said U.S. Rep. Marie Newman (D-3rd) will open a service office in the Bridgeview Community Center.

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