Monday, June 4, 2018 || By Igor Studenkov || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Precious Heart Daycare in Broadview. | Google Earth
For the last 13 years, Gloria Lynch has been operating Precious Heart Daycare out of a village-owned building at 2301 W. Roosevelt Road in Broadview. But now, the village is looking to sell the building and it wants Lynch out by June 30.
In the meantime, Lynch said in an interview last month, she’s been trying to secure a loan so that she can purchase the building herself. If that doesn’t happen, the livelihoods of nearly 100 people — from kids to employees — could be upended.
Matt Ingersoll, Broadview’s special counsel, said that the village is trying to get out of the landlord business.
“The village’s primary role is to provide services like picking up trash,” he said in a phone interview last month. “The role of a landlord – it’s a bit burdensome. It would be better if private citizens owned the property.”
There has been some disagreement between village officials and Lynch about the leasing arrangement Broadview had with Precious Heart.
Ingersoll said that, to the best of his knowledge, the business had an annual lease with the village until Dec. 31, 2012. After that, the lease became month-to-month.
Lynch, on the other hand, said that while there was an agreement about how much rent she would pay, the village never set anything down on paper. Both sides agree that her ability to pay rent wasn’t an issue.
Lynch said that the village moved to evict her in December 2017. After she met with village staff members in February and May, the deadline was pushed back – first to the end of May and then to end of June.
But deadlines can only be pushed back for so long, so Lynch has been trying to buy the property herself. She said that she tried to get a personal loan, but that didn’t work. Now, she’s trying to get a business loan. As of late last month, she did not know whether she had secured the loan or not.
Ingersoll said that Broadview has no issue with Lynch buying the property, but it also wanted to give other potential buyers an opportunity to purchase it.
Lynch said that she hoped she’ll be the one who buys the property — for the sake of her employees and the families who rely on the daycare.
She said she’s been operating Precious Heart in Broadview for 13 years, but has had the business for 20 years. She said that she’s put around $100,000 of her own money into making the space usable.
Currently, Lynch said, the business employs 15 people and takes care of around 60 kids from Broadview, Maywood , Bellwood and other nearby suburbs.
“With [the village] trying to rush it, it’s hard, because I’m trying not to lose my business,” she said. “And that’s a lot for [families] to deal with all of the sudden.”
Multiple attempts to contact Lynch about the status of her business loan application and any alternative plans she may have for her business if she can’t remain at her current location were unsuccessful. VFP
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