Village officials are interested in a proposal to buy a home located on the edge of downtown, move the house and build a parking lot. But not for several months, at least.
No decisions will be made until after consultants and the Village Board complete a civic campus plan they’ve been working on, village administrator Mike Gracz told the Observer this week. He said the plan could be done sometime this summer.
Earlier this month, Jerry and Bonnie Thiel proposed that the village purchase a house they own at 159 S. Main St., where the street transitions from businesses to a residential area, and convert the property into a 65-stall parking lot. The couple said they aren’t looking to make a profit from the sale, but they believe more parking would benefit downtown businesses, including ones in buildings they own further north.
The board met in closed session last week to discuss the proposal.