Athletic fields

Newly annexed land to Mundelein could be turned into sports grounds


The owner of the vacant land that was annexed to Mundelein on Monday intends to donate the 29 acres and adjoining property to the community so that sports fields can be built there, a lawyer said.

The donated land – approximately 51 acres in total – is on the northwest side of Mundelein, along Winchester Road, Route 83, and Peterson Road. The previous plots were annexed in 2018 and 2019.

It was once farmland in unincorporated Lake County and was known as the Roppelt Family Farm.

Dan Beelow, a resident of Fremont Township and Lake County restaurateur, owns the land and has requested annexation to Mundelein.

The annexation allows the property to benefit from village services such as police and fire protection and water and sewer networks. It also allows Mundelein officials to control the future redevelopment of this location.

Another part of the Roppelt farm was annexed to Grayslake in 2014 and transformed into a Saia Inc. regional trucking terminal in 2016.

The Mundelein village board unanimously approved the latest annexation on Monday evening.

The land is currently filled with earth and leveled, Beelow lawyer Gerald Callaghan said.

Mundelein administrator Kerston Russell thanked Beelow for accepting dirt from the area’s construction sites to fill the property and for pledging to donate the land when it is ready.

Beelow intends to ask Mundelein to annex another piece of land in the area, a nearly 9-acre parcel that is now in Grayslake, Callaghan said.

Grayslake officials must first remove the annex from this property, Callaghan said.

Beelow donated similar land to Grayslake, which led to the construction of Alleghany Park on Alleghany Road north of Peterson Road.

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