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Offer made for land near Fresh Market in Lincolnshire

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As the construction of a Fresh Market grocery store in Lincolnshire nears completion, village officials are weighing an offer to purchase adjoining land for a separate development.

An Elmhurst company called DK Mallon has offered to buy more than 7 acres on the north and south sides of the store, which is on the northeast corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Route 22.

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Its bid, formally opened this week by village staff, came after officials sent requests for proposals to more than 50 developers.

DK Mallon was the only company that responded, Village Manager Brad Burke said. The firm made a financial offer for the land, but that price isn't being made public.

Burke called the proposal "serious."

DK Mallon executives will be invited to talk to the village board about its plans for the site on June 24, Burke said.

"I'm looking forward to the discussion," he said.

The land is zoned for commercial use. It consists of about 5 acres north of the Fresh Market and more than 2 acres south of the Fresh Market, Burke said.

The northern parcel is open space, but the southern chunk has been cleared and is ready for construction, Burke said.

"It's basically a pad-ready site," he said.

As for the supermarket in the middle, a grand-opening celebration is planned for June 19.

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