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Medinah residents fight developer’s bid for 150-home subdivision

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Christine Bending was one of the last holdouts in her old neighborhood near Wood Dale.

She initially rejected the developer’s attempt to buy a home that raised four children. But when the houses around her were covered with bulldozers and grew tired of jet noise and traffic behind O’Hare Airport, Bending didn’t forgive her last summer. Transwestern Development has paid $ 775,000 for BrynMawr Avenue’s four-bedroom.

Bending left her home for 42 years and moved to a three-bedroom ranch in a quiet corner of Medina. The furniture in her living room arrived in April. She remodeled the kitchen. She was just beginning to feel calm.

“Then this letter will come,” she said.

The FedEx envelope left on her door last week gave the worst déjà vu. TranswesternDevelopment is targeting Bending Ranch (and nearly 150 other homes) and is trying to buy her again for her demolition. Industrial zone.

“It’s just a nightmare that doesn’t seem to end,” said Bending, 68.

Transwestern has sent a letter to Bending and his neighbors offering to pay $ 22.50 per square foot for their respective assets. If you have more than an acre of land, Bending will receive about $ 1 million. But she is not budding.

“That was all I wanted, and to get it removed again? God, I’m just-I don’t get it,” Bending said.

Developers are robbing acres of homes in the sizzling industrial real estate market around O’Hare. In Bensenville, developers last year demolished all 106 homes in the Mohawk Terrace area to build warehouses and other industrial buildings.


Transwestern is responsible for three similar projects in Wood Dale, two of which are fully constructed. A Houston-based developer bought and demolished nearly 30 homes in Wood Dale and replaced them with a 301,075-square-foot warehouse for the North American headquarters of a Japanese logistics company.

“We fought, not the way these medina people were fighting,” Bending said.

Other residents of the Medina Terrace area decided to protect their homes in a 138-acre area surrounded by Medina Road to the west, Metra Milwaukee-West Railroad to the south, Thorndale Avenue to the north, and Hilltop Drive to the east. I am. Transwestern wanted to annex the area into the village of Aitaska.

This plan has created a broader identity crisis in the DuPage County community, which boasts an independent and unincorporated lifestyle. Residents posted a red and black garden sign stating “I won’t sell” and “Save Medina.”

Transwestern Development hasn’t presented a plan yet, but wants to buy nearly 150 homes in the unincorporated Medinah near Itasca, which is causing resistance.
-Bryan Gil | Staff Photographer

“People outside the footprints are angry,” said Charlie Haas, who has lived in Medina since 1992.


Almost six years before the DuPage County Charter was drafted, the Meacham brothers set up an investment in the current Medina in 1833. The unincorporated area was first named Meacham’s Grove.

But in the 1920s, when the founders of the Medina Country Club came in and bought the land of Meacham, the area suddenly became Medina.

“Medina is an extraordinarily small mass of oasis in the middle of a chaotic expanse in the suburbs,” Haas said.

The house is located on more than half an acre of wooded land. There are no sidewalks or street lights. “We are almost self-reliant,” Haas said.

Anna Rakowski clings to the character of the countryside. She hasn’t received an offer from Transwest yet, but her home on Glen Road is within the second phase of potential development.

“Some things you can’t buy,” Rakowski said.

she is”Save Medinah-Stand behind your family, not your company!“As of Friday night, there were about 1,900 signatures.

“Where are you going?”

Many residents first learned of the development proposal when they received a letter from Transwestern Commercial Services offering to buy a home on behalf of their sister company, Transwestern Development. The 86-year-old Jackie Parner, who suffers from cancer, was upset when she received her letter, her daughter-in-law said.

“She said,’Where are you going?’ How do you resume your life after spending your life in a single-family home?” Christie Parner said.

"Where are you going?" Jackie Parner told her daughter-in-law after receiving a letter from a developer who wanted to buy a Medina house built in 1959.

“Where are you going?” Jackie Parner told her daughter-in-law after receiving a letter from a developer who wanted to buy a Medina house built in 1959.
-Courtesy of Christie Parner

The Briargate Terrace House was built in 1959. Christie Parner didn’t say how much Transwestern was willing to pay.

“It wasn’t anywhere near the value of the house,” she said. “They are only paying for the value of the land, which is unfair.”

Irv Gilner, Executive Vice President of Transwestern, did not respond to requests for comment.

Mayor of Aitaska, Jeff Pullin, responded to the brewing debate this week with a long letter. Pruyn has revealed that the village has not made a decision regarding redevelopment.

“After several discussions with staff, village officials and developers, Transwester chose to first share the plan with the residents of the Medina area before presenting the concept plan to the Aitaska village board.” Wrote the pull-in.

Transwester will give a presentation to the village board at a community development committee meeting scheduled for June 28, he said. So far, Transwest has not submitted a development review application to the village.

“The demand for industrial property in the region is higher than ever,” the mayor said.

Like heaven

The bend was drawn to her medina’s house because of the land, privacy, and trees that grandchildren could climb. It was “the answer to her prayer.”

“This is a paradise not only for me, but for my family,” said Bending, an assistant faculty member at Dupage University.

Within a year, Transwestern paid her old home more than she had offered to her at Medina (about $ 38 per square foot).

“I’ll show you a $ 10 million check,” she said. “I won’t go.”

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