Yorkville leaders opened the lone bid for purchasing the former post office building Tuesday to discover they had no bids.
Jason Leslie and Boyd Ingemunson, of Three Angels Brewing, didn't think three-quarters of the aldermen would support selling 201 Hydraulic St., so they decided against pursuing a purchase this summer. Mayor Gary Golinski broke a tie vote in favor of seeking bids in June after Leslie detailed hopes for the space along the Fox River.
Leslie was considering building a craft beer manufacturing space, retail space, and terraced landscaping in the back leading to a riverside pathway. Leslie described the space as an extension of the Three Angels Brewing he started with Ingemunson, a local attorney, as well as a complement to other downtown developments.
Some aldermen paused, though, in light of the city's long-term discussions about whether to purchase the REC Center or discontinuing using the facility. They figured the former post office could provide potential program space if the REC Center was no longer a public building.
Aldermen had initially decided against selling the old post office building at a Committee of the Whole meeting in early June, but they were unaware of the specific proposal or Leslie's involvement then.
In the letter they submitted Tuesday, Leslie and Ingemunson acknowledged the REC Center and the recently approved referendum that will ask voters about a proposed purchase in November.
"Should the purchase fail at referendum, the concern for programing is a priority, as is the necessary real estate to house them," the letter stated. "We empathize with the challenges you are facing, and we sincerely hope an equitable resolution may be found."
They also said they were "humbled and encouraged" by the support they received as they publicized their ideas early this summer.
"A special thank you to Mr. Rick Tollefson, who not only understands the challenges of building successful businesses, but personifies the passion required, but putting his money where his heart is, that is the City of Yorkville," the letter states.
"Rather than pressure the council to a vote given the current economic climate, we have chosen to respectfully and patiently defer our desire to build at this site, until a more convenient time for its corporate authorities," the letter continued. "We appreciate the service you provide as well as the wisdom with which you do so."
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