Darien sells land at Cass and Plainfield for development

In other action at its meeting Monday, the Darien City Council:

• Formally approved the $1.2 million sale of 1.7 acres city-owned land at the northeast corner of Cass Avenue and Plainfield Road to a private development group (Darien Pointe, LLC) as part of the long-awaited Heritage Plaza project. An aging strip mall now on the site will be replaced by a pair of commercial buildings, each offering up to five retail storefronts. Construction is expected to begin later this year.

• Authorized traffic control and street closures for the city’s Fourth of July Parade, which will follow a new route this year due to the ongoing reconstruction of 75th Street. Parade participants will gather at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Jewel-Osco at 7329 S. Cass, then travel north on Cass to 71st Street, east on 71st to Clarendon Hills Road, and then south on Clarendon Hills Road to Hinsdale South High School, 7401 Clarendon Hills Road.

• Heard details of two upcoming Memorial Day ceremonies from Matt Goodwin, commander of Darien Memorial Post 2838 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Post 2838 will hold a joint ceremony with Downers Grove VFW Post 503 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday, May 26, at the Clarendon Hills Cemetery, 6900 S. Cass. Then, at 11 a.m., Post 2838 will host its own ceremony at Darien Community Park, Plainfield Road and Clarendon Hills Road.

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