The former Bushwood Golf Practice Center at 30 Madison Street could become a recreational facility under plans for Maywood Village. Records show the village purchased the property in May 2021 from the Cook County Land Bank Authority. Maywood Village paid $10 for the property, which was used as a landfill before it became a golf course, according to records.
The family-owned golf course ceased operations after its owners filed for bankruptcy because it could no longer pay its huge annual property taxes, the Village Free Press reported in 2019. In 2017, annual taxes were $301,783. The delinquent 8-acre property subsequently became part of the Cook County Land Bank Authority’s inventory of vacant residential, commercial and industrial properties.
According to the village’s plans, the property could become an entertainment venue. Maywood Trustee Isiah Brandon said that was the proposed use when the village applied to buy the property. The village will also be in charge of managing the property, he said. Currently, the village needs to complete a property appraisal to determine how much the village needs to invest to “make the property better.”
The village’s plans for the property date back to 2021, when then-Mayor Edwena Perkins and the village board approved the purchase of the property from the Cook County Land Bank Authority. In April 2021, the council approved the payment of an acquisition fee of $7,500 for the transfer of the property to the village, village records show. Plans for the property may also include building an access road near the west side of the property adjacent to the Des Plaines River. If completed, the road would connect Madison Street to the portion of the Illinois Prairie Trail adjacent to Maybrook Avenue, but further details are unclear.
Mayor Nathaniel Booker did not respond to a request for comment by Deadline.