Illinois developer mum on plans for former Broadmoor Country Club site
BY KAREN CAFFARINI Post-Tribune correspondent March 4, 2014 2:38PM
The Broadmoor Country Club has been unused since it closed in 2001, but an Illinois developer is looking at the site for possible redevelopment. | Post-Tribune File Photo
Updated: April 6, 2014 6:10AM
MERRILLVILLE — An Illinois developer has his eyes on the site of the former Broadmoor Country Club, a once-prime property on U.S. 30 that has been mired in controversy and failed promise since closing as a golf course in 2001.
James Regan, of Energy Smart Homebuilders in Palos Heights, Ill., wouldn’t divulge his plans when contacted last week.
Regan said he is “looking very positively to try to do something with the property,” which includes 85 acres in Merrillville and about 20 acres in Schererville.
“It’s a beautiful site. That’s why we’re interested in it,” Regan said.
He said he has a contract with the owner of the property and is in the process of doing due diligence to make sure the lots are what he thinks they are. He said he should have more answers in one or two months.
Among those Regan contacted as part of due diligence was Matt Lake, executive director of the town’s Stormwater Utility, which is the reviewing body for the state for storm water.
Lake told the Town Council he’s been approached about drainage issues at Foxmoor, the residential/commercial development by Jay Eigel, of GCC Merrillville Venture, approved for the site about eight years ago but never completed. Lake said he will review site drainage with the original engineers.
“I want to see when and how the drainage was approved and make sure they are compliant and their permitting is up to date,” Lake said.
Councilman Tom Goralczyk, D-4th, whose ward the property is in, said only two duplexes and one house have been built at the site and some infrastructure work, including some roads, still need to be done.
Merrillville officials had approved 233 single-family and duplex housing units on the town’s portion of the property. About 50 single-family houses were proposed for Schererville. There also was to be some commercial development along U.S. 30.
Eigel had dropped the four-plexes included in his original proposal, after former 4th Ward Councilman David Uzelac raised objections to the multifamily aspect. Uzelac had hoped the development would include only single-family homes.
Lake said he believes Regan plans to keep the original plans that were approved.
Merrillville zoning director Dorinda Gregor said not all areas of the Foxmoor subdivision had received final approval. These areas, which include both commercial and residential, would need to go through the plan commission process. She said some duplexes and single-family residential did get final approval and can go in as previously planned.
Goralczyk said Tuesday’s report to the council by Lake was the first he heard of new movement at the former golf course.
“I’d love to see it developed. It’s been awhile,” Goralczyk said.
He said he’s had plenty of complaints from nearby residents about the site, with high grass and rampant weeds overwhelming the once well-manicured course.
Whatever the process, Lake sees Regan’s movement as a positive for the town.
“I’m glad to see some investing on the residential side of Merrillville,” he said.