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Wirtz family proposes housing, commercial development for massive site near Mundelein

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The family that owns the Chicago Blackhawks wants to convert more than 700 acres of farmland it owns near Mundelein into a residential, commercial and industrial development, village officials confirmed.

If the Wertz family’s vision comes to fruition, the land will be annexed to Mandeline, making it the largest development in Lake County by area, said village manager Eric Gunther.

“This is a big deal,” Gunther said. “(It) could prove to be a very surprising development for Mandeline, the Wertz family, and Lake County as a whole.”

Most of the properties under consideration for redevelopment are located north of Route 60, south of Peterson Road, and northwest of the Mundelein Crossing shopping centre. Owned by Wirtzes since the 1850s, Ivanhoe Nursery & Farmsa wholesale trade selling ornamental trees and shrubs.

There are large houses and other buildings on the site. In August, firefighters rescued two people from a home after it caught fire.

Some of the land in focus for the project is adjacent to private property Ivanhoe Club South of Route 60.

More land could be added to the proposed annexation and redevelopment plan, Guenther said.

Officially, the property is owned by W Sports Media and Wirtz Corp., documents show. The Blackhawks’ primary owner and chairman, Rocky Wertz, is listed as the president of both organizations.


In addition to Blackhawks and farm properties, Wirtz Corp. holdings include Breakthru Beverage Group, Illinois-based First Security Trust & Savings Bank, United Center, and residential properties by Wirtz Realty Corp. .

A representative for Wirtz Corp. could not be reached for comment.

Gunther declined to disclose details of the family’s specific plans for the land, which will be made available to the public at the village committee’s Dec.

Mayor Steve Lentz said, “I am very excited to hear the presentation.

The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm at Village Hall, 300 Plaza Circle. You can also watch it online. mundelein.org.

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