Good Earth Greenhouse, located in River Forest, is looking to relocate to Maywood. | Good Earth Greenhouse
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
The owner of Good Earth Greenhouse, currently located at 7900 Madison St. in River Forest, has his sights set on empty village-owned land on the northwest corner of 1st Ave. and Lake St. in Maywood.
According to a Nov. 17 report in West Suburban Journal, Tom Cronin approached members of the Maywood Board of Trustees during a Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting held earlier this month. He’s looking to relocate his business from its current River Forest location to that prime parcel in Maywood.
“Good Earth would make a $750,000 investment in the property and between sales tax for the village and landscaping of the [adjacent] Widows Home property would provide the village with $300,000 over six years,” according to the West Suburban report.
An estimated $200,000 would go to the village in the form of sales taxes, said Cronin, who added that the business would generate an estimated $10 million in sales over six years, the report states.
Trustee Michael Rogers, who said he was in support of the concept, nonetheless pushed back against the offer, explaining to Cronin that the village should receive more money for one of its most commercially appealing properties.
In 2013, InSite Real Estate Development offered to purchase the empty lot on the northwest corner of 1st and Lake for an appraised value of $450,000.
The development of a Hinsdale Community Bank branch and several retail outlets was planned for the site, but the proposal fell through after the board failed to garner a five-vote supermajority necessary to vacate an alley in the area — an action that developers said was essential in order for the plan to go forth.
Trustee Henderson Yarbrough, West Suburban reported, said that, despite some board members’ reservations about the initial offer, the village should continue to negotiate with Cronin.
According to its website, the Good Earth Greenhouse garden center carries “trees, shrubs, perennials, native plants, and annuals from local and nationally known growers.” The website notes that Good Earth also has a location in Hinsdale and a wholesale and growing facility in Lockport.
Located within the River Forest location is Good Earth Cafe, a health-conscious juice bar that also sells fresh fruit and vegetables.
Cronin told Maywood board members that he would provide similar fresh fare at the Maywood location, which would also include a drive-thru, West Suburban noted. VFP
Pick up a copy of West Suburban Journal at numerous locations throughout Maywood, including the Maywood Public Library (121 S. 5th Ave.) and Village Hall (40 Madison St.).
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