Three Angels Brewing Decides Against Downtown Location

Despite discussions earlier this summer, Three Angels Brewing decided against bidding on the former post office location.

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 in favor of seeking bids in June after Leslie detailed hopes for the space along the Fox River.

Leslie , 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 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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God August 17, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I still love you Katy K because I know you didn't always have so much anger inside. See below: Peace... Katy K 8:36 am on Thursday, July 12, 2012 Thoughts and prayers to all involved...God Bless. Katy K 8:27 am on Friday, April 29, 2011 Amen Denise... Katy K 8:56 am on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Amen to this comment...don't let the bike trail pass!!!! Katy K 8:24 am on Monday, March 7, 2011 Thank You for running this story Patch. Support and prayers will help him back to a full recovery.
Katy K August 17, 2012 at 05:30 PM
God???? How dare you...creeper...bite me!!!!
Terria August 17, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Back to the subject... Dan, are you aware that new businesses in downtown Yorkville don't necessarily generate new tax revenue for the city? For example, "Imperial Investments will receive a portion of the new property taxes created by three projects - Cobblestone Bakery & Bistro, The Follies Theatre building and apartments at 202 E. Van Emmon Road, 210 E. Van Emmon Road, 306 Heustis St. and 308 Heustis St. Under the agreement, approved in April, Imperial Investments will put $2 million into those projects, and receive up to a quarter of that back as property tax revenue associated with those projects trickles into the TIF fund." (source: yorkville.patch.com/articles/tollefson-shares-plans-for-revamping-downtown). That's just one example of tax "kickbacks" provided to new businesses. Unfortunately, those new businesses are not required to share a portion of the profits generated with the city. And someone has to pay for that lost tax revenue; the streets still need to be maintained; fire and police protection goes on; etc.
Kibitzer August 17, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Katy K.... I spent years making fun of "Jesus Freaks". I tore up the tracts they'd pass out; (back in the '60s & '70s when they were actively doing that), I made fun of "religious" people. So, your attitude doesn't bother me. I was that way, too. And once I was "born again", I was obnoxious to family and friends. I could drive off a sincere minister just by challenging them on their beliefs! I always asked questions. I don't usually bother saying much these days. If anyone ever asks me about my faith, I'd gladly share with them. I know these sites aren't to be used to push religious ideas. It gets too touchy and often, not so nice. I'm done. (but thanks for prayer, Mark. I need it daily!!!)
Chris Fox August 18, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Boy this thread got strange ...:(


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