Hubble Deal About 2 Weeks From Closing

Developers are waiting on permits to demolish the former Hubble school and build a Mariano's Fresh Market on the property.

Developers planning to build a hope to close on the old Hubble school property and begin demolition work in the next two weeks.

Chad Jones, CFO of Bradford Real Estate, who said last month the deal should close by the end of July, said Bradford is still waiting on permits for the site from the county. He said in an email the close will take place "hopefully sooner" than two weeks.

Bradford , at the corner of Naperville and Roosevelt roads, from Community Unit School District 200 last summer for $5,000,200. The Wheaton Park District partnered with the developer, and will buy a portion of the property to maintain its gym and outdoor recreation space.

"The city staff engineers have been working hard to help us finalize the engineering plans in a timely manner, and we appreciate their effort and cooperation in this process," Jones wrote in an email last month.

The park district finalized its purchase and sale agreement with Bradford last month, and should close on its portion of the property when Bradford closes with District 200, Mike Benard, executive director of the Wheaton Park District told Patch last month.

The district opened bids for the HVAC, electrical and other work planned for the Hubble gyms on Aug. 8.

The interior demo work on the school side of Hubble would begin almost immediately after the property closes, Benard said. The district will not begin major work until spring of 2013, after the busy indoor sports season.


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Need background? Here's what's happening:

Bradford Equities, LLC is buying the old Hubble school site from Community Unit School District 200 and plans to redevelop the site to bring a Mariano's Fresh Market to the corner of Roosevelt and Naperville Roads. of $5,000,200 in June.

The Wheaton Park District is also in on the deal, with plans to buy part of the school building from Bradford (for about $3 million), to hang on to the three gyms it uses for athletics year-round. Bradford will also donate a parcel of open space for athletic fields to the park district. The two will also swap Bradford's open space at the corner of Main Street and Roosevelt Road for the park district's Central Park property.

Wheaton City Council approved the development plans March 20, after Bradford and the park district presented plans for the site to City Council Feb. 13 and Feb. 27.

More background:

The old Hubble school closed in 2009, when District 200 moved students to the new Hubble Middle School building in Warrenville (take a look at the complete Hubble timeline, courtesy of the District 200 website). The park district became the main user of the site, accommodating more than 90,000 user hours per year. From 2007-2010, the city formed the Hubble Steering Committee, which considered possible uses for the site. In February 2011, District 200 put the school on the market for $10 million to sell in a sealed bid process.

When the district received no bids by the bid opening date April 14, the price was reduced to $5 million. The Wheaton Park District made an offer of $2 million on the property in May, with a letter of intent with Bradford to bring Mariano's to the site. But the offer that worked was Bradford's, which had the same letter of intent, just a different buyer and higher price.

Who's who? Here are some of the main players:

Bradford Equities is the developer and buyer of the site. CFO Chad Jones has been a spokesman for the project since June. Steve Pagnotta is the president and founder of Bradford and William Shank is the architect.

The Wheaton Park District is Bradford's partner in the deal. Mike Benard is the executive director of the park district. Commissioner Phil Luetkehans has led a subcommittee to iron out details of the deal. Ray Morrill is the president of commissioners. Other commissioners: Steve Fieweger, John Kelly, Terry Mee, Mark Schobel and Kim VanderSchaaf.

Roundy's is the parent company of Mariano's. Dan Farrell, vice president of real estate for Mariano's, presented council with background on the company and some details pertaining to the store operations.

Community Unit School District 200 is the seller of the property. Brian Harris is the District 200 superintendent. Bill Farley is the assistant superintendent of business operations. Rosemary Swanson is the president of the District 200 Board of Education.

V3 Infrastructures is the engineering firm working on the project. Derrick Martin spoke to residents in January about plans for the site. John Brown addressed engineering issues.

Kenig, Lindgren, O'Hara and Aboona, Inc. (KLOA) is the firm that performed a Traffic Impact Study for the site. Luay Aboona will address traffic issues.

Drew Ranieri, of Solomon Cordwell Buenz, addressed design elements of the building.

City of Wheaton officials involved in the deal include City Manager Don Rose, Jim Kozik, director of economic development and Paul Redman, director of engineering. City Council includes Wheaton Mayor Mike Gresk and council members Jeanne Ives, Tom Mouhelis, Evelyn Pacino-Sanguinetti, John Rutledge, Todd Scalzo and Phil Suess.

Want more? Below is a list of recent Patch coverage related to Hubble:

Tom Ryan August 14, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Sounds great, but if the gas and electrical drops are on the high school building as well as the boiler, and Bradford wants to start demolition on the school in September and the park district doesn't want to start on their portion of the work until spring, it kind of sounds like a cold, dark winter in the gym.
Molly R. O'Brien August 14, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Another economic development brought to you by Jeanne. GO JEANNE GO JEANNE GO JEANNE
CAROLE August 14, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Why is the Park District spending $3 million to "maintain" that area???????
Charlotte Eriksen August 14, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Kitchen Dishes, the district and Bradford do not necessarily have to start at the same time. It's only the park district that would wait until after the busy indoor sports season—so they can have an indoor sports season.


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