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Joliet Park District selling, Hawk Auto may be buying

Vehicle in the Hawk Subaru dealership lot on Jefferson Street.
Vehicle in the Hawk Subaru dealership lot on Jefferson Street.

JOLIET – The Joliet Park District has a deal to sell off a piece of the Wedgewood Golf Course along Route 59. and it may be for a car dealership.

The park board is slated to vote at a special meeting Monday on a sale of the land to Tri-State Land Partners, a real estate entity used by Hawk Auto to buy another parcel in Joliet.

Hawk Auto has been looking for land on Route 59 for its Subaru dealership and has negotiated with the park district for the Wedgewood Golf Course land.

But Hawk Auto President John Crane at one point turned his attention to a Route 59 parcel in Plainfield, saying he was unable to work out a deal with the park district.

Crane could not be reached for a comment on Friday.

Park District Executive Director Tom Carstens would only say that the sale agreement is with Tri-State Land Partners.

Tri-State Land Partners initiated a contract to purchase land for Hawk Auto at 2210 W. Jefferson Street, according to city of Joliet zoning records.

The land was initially being acquired for the Hawk Mazda dealership in Joliet.

A city of Joliet staff report on the acquisition of the Jefferson Street parcel describes Tri-State Land Partners as "a separate entity with similar ownership" as Hawk Mazda.

The Jefferson Street site is next to the existing Hawk Subaru dealership. At one time, Hawk planned to use the Jefferson Street parcel to expand his Joliet operations.

But Crane has said Subaru wants the Joliet dealership moved to Route 59, and he has looked at several sites.

They have included the two undeveloped corners at Route 59 and Theodore Street.

In May, Hawk entered into a contract to purchase the Plainfield land at Fraser Road. But Crane emphasized that the deal was not completed. Plainfield officials by late June said they had not yet received plans from Hawk to build at the Fraser Road location.

At the time that Hawk Auto was working on a deal to buy the Plainfield property, the park district was said to be negotiating a sale of the golf course land for a furniture store. But that deal fell through, a source said.

The park district first put seven acres of the Wedgewood Golf Course up for sale in 2008.

Park officials said then the sale would only affect one hole, which would be shortened from a par-five to a par-four.

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