Lake Geneva to vote on former Hillmore Golf Club property

The city of Lake Geneva could buy the former Hillmore Golf Club for around $6 million, as well as settling lawsuits with the property’s owners.

Lake Geneva city council members are scheduled to discuss and possibly take action on whether they want to buy and enter into a sale agreement with White River Holdings, LLC, the property’s current owners, during their meeting on September 26.

The meeting is scheduled to be held at 6 pm in the city council building in the council rooms 626 rue Geneva.

Hillmore-related items on the meeting’s agenda include:

  • “Discussion regarding purchase of property known as Hillmore Golf Club for $6 million settlement of suit with White River Holdings, LLC.”
  • “A discussion/action regarding the execution of a purchase and sale agreement to purchase a property formerly known as Hillmore Golf Club and owned by White River Holdings, LLC, for a price of $6 million to settle litigation between the City and White River Holdings, LLC.”
  • “Discussion/action regarding a decision announcing the purchase of a property formerly known as the Hillmore General Purpose Golf Club.”

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City officials have discussed Hillmoor’s former property, 333 E. Main St. , in closed session several times over the past several months.

The property has been the subject of debate among residents and city officials for the past several years.

Representatives from White River Holdings purchased the former Hillmoor Golf Course property in 2016 for approximately $3.4 million and have submitted plans to redevelop the site for a mix of residential and commercial development.

The municipal council rejected the proposed land subdivision change for the planned development in November 2017 by a 4-3 vote.

White River Holdings then filed a lawsuit against the city in 2018, which was later dropped as part of an effort to restart development talks with the city. The city council, once again, voted against changing its comprehensive plan to allow new uses for the property.

The Chicago-based company then filed another lawsuit against the city in 2020 alleging damages from stalled redevelopment efforts on the property.

City council members voted to dismiss the claim during a closed session, October 12, allowing White River Holdings to bring the city to court and asking a judge or jury to order the city to pay damages.

The former Hillmore Golf Course closed about 12 years ago, and most of the property has remained vacant since then.

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