The village of Brookfield has set its sights on acquiring three parcels of land that have appeared on a preliminary list of properties eligible for Cook County’s No-Cash Bid Program.
The county established the program more than a decade ago to help municipalities get tax-delinquent properties back on the tax rolls. On March 13, village officials announced they were seeking to begin the no-cash bid process to acquire two commercial properties on Ogden Avenue and a residential property on Henrietta Avenue.
According to a memo, discussed at the Brookfield Village Board’s committee of the whole meeting on March 13, the village will investigate acquiring 9400 Ogden Ave., formerly home to B&H Auto, which closed after the death of its owner in February, and 8834 Ogden Ave., formerly home to Weger Polishing Service.
Both are tax-delinquent properties and lie within the village’s Ogden Avenue Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District, where officials are looking to spur redevelopment.
“The properties are in a TIF, so they are, by definition, in a priority area for the village,” said Nick Greifer, Brookfield community and economic development director. “Even if it’s just a sliver, it helps us work with future developers and business owners who might want to invest here.”
Greifer said controlling commercial properties make it easier for developers to assemble land for larger projects.
“We’re not competing, we’re supporting and working with future real estate investors,” Greifer said. “This tool enables us to do that.”
There are no plans to develop either property at this time, Greifer said, “but it affords us on a fortuitous basis an opportunity to participate.”
Brookfield is also seeking to acquire residential property at 9401 Henrietta Ave. The parcel that appears to be eligible for the no-cash bid program is not a home but an adjacent side lot. The home at 9401 Henrietta Ave. is a longtime neighborhood eyesore due to its blighted condition.
Greifer admitted that it was a little awkward to acquire the side lot and lot the home, but said it still made sense to investigate obtaining it.
“The one has been prioritized by virtue of being in terrible condition and an eyesore,’ Greifer said. “It helps us either work with the current owner or a future owner.”
The home was a victim of “massive under-maintenance that’s resulted in blight.”
“The neighbors want the village to step in,” Greifer said.
There’s no guarantee Brookfield will end up acquiring the properties, said Greifer, but the village board later this month is expected to authorize spending up to $25,000 to begin moving through the process, which could take 12 to 18 months to complete.
Brookfield has used the no-cash bid process three times since 2000.
In 2004, Brookfield acquired the parcel on the northeast corner of Ogden and Eberly avenues, a former abandoned auto dealership that’s now home to a Sherwin Williams paint store.
The village picked up the Brookfield Bowl and an adjacent parking lot in the 3400 block of Maple Avenue in 2014 and 2016 respectively. Those properties await redevelopment.