Seeking to square its borders and potentially spur economic development, the Carol Stream village board voted to purchase property in unincorporated DuPage County on the southeast corner of County Farm and Vale roads.
The roughly two-acre site at 27W161 Vale Road contains the home of John Senne, who died earlier this year. The property was put up for sale about a month ago with a listing price of $339,900.
"If you look at a map of Carol Stream, it's kind of disjointed along North Avenue and its southern border," said Bob Mellor, assistant village manager. "Purchasing this property would allow us to square up our border along County Farm Road."
The village already has the north side of Vale Road annexed, and serves that and one home on the south side of the road east of the desired property with water and sewer. According to village officials, the south property line of the lot backs up to properties along North Avenue.
The village currently serves several properties on North Avenue, but is unable to annex them because they are not contiguous to the village. Acquisition of the property will further these initiatives, officials said.
Mellor said the two sides have not yet agreed on the price but a decision will be required by early next week.
Mellor said the village does not yet have plans for the house, built in 1959, that he said is "basically a fixer-upper right now."