TONICA — The village of Tonica is looking to purchase an area of land within the village to use for park purposes.
The site of the former Tonica Nurseries is planned to be purchased, with some of the land added to the park and some used for parking.
With the construction of the new Dollar General store, the previous parking situation, where individuals would park along Shawandasse Street during ball games, will no longer provide a workable solution, as the street is expected to see other regular use.
The plan would see some of the new land used to put a parking area on the west side of the park, and to close Shawandasse to parking, at least for a certain distance.
The price of the purchase has been negotiated down to $180,000, village board members were informed.
While the original asking price was larger, Village President Kevin Sluder said it was able to be brought down in large part because the current property owners were not going to clean the area up. That task will fall to the village if the purchase goes through.
While the possibility remains that other uses can be found for parts of the land, the focus at the moment is with the park, according to Sluder.
“Right now, we’re just going to do park and parking,” Sluder said.