A big annexation of property is being sought by the Village of Lakewood in Circuit Court.
Of the voters living in the 540 acres, twelve favor the action; one, largest property owner Alan R. Swanson, does not.
The 540 acres will extend the village boundaries up Route 47 to the western leg of Route 176 where Kolze’s Garden Center and the Gardens of Woodstock are located.
Most of the parcels of property sought is being annexed voluntarily, including Crystal Woods Golf Course and Craig Woods.
But some property would be annexed forcibly.
Of the property being annexed, objectors own almost 269 acres—just under half the total:
- 7.26 acres – Delores M. Swanson
- 9.42 acres held in trust by Harris Bank in Woodstock
- 48.25 acres – Commonwealth Edison and
- 204 acres – Alan R. Swanson and Delores M. Swanson
The Village of Lakewood has issued the following press release:
President Erin Smith offered the following comments in response to the petition that was filed on April 6 to annex approximately five hundred and forty (540) acres of new territory into the Village of Lakewood.
“We are pleased that so many property owners have expressed an interest in annexing into the Village of Lakewood.
“The petition that has been submitted is consistent with both our long-standing boundary agreements with our neighboring communities and our Facilities Planning Area.
“Not only will this action allow us to continue our strategic, long-term planning efforts, but it will also allow us to partner with existing businesses (Crystal Woods Golf Course, Craig Woods, The Gardens of Woodstock, and Kolze’s Garden Center) to expand their efforts, as well as help to enhance the property values of the remaining property owners.”
The next step is a Public Hearing on said petition on Wednesday, May 5.
Erin Smith, President
Village of Lakewood