to a story in The Herald Newspaper, Thomas Smrt sold the
property to Wade Light, a principal for Barrington-based
developer L. B. Anderson. Kane County is in the midstís
of ordering the new owner to tear down the buildings, largely
because the park has become a hangout for gangs and, recently a
photo-shoot background for an adult film star.
I contacted L. B. Anderson
Developers and asked to speak to Mr. Light. After being on
hold for an exorbitantly long time, another man got on the
phone. I asked him what they planned to do with the land.
He said they hadn't decided yet. I (politely, I hope)
asked him why they would buy land that they had no purpose for.
He said, "well, that is what we do, we are land
speculators. When something comes up, we will sell
it". It makes me think, albeit only for a minute,
maybe that land is cursed. As soon as anyone buys it, they
lose their mind! Smrt let it set empty for 15 years and
now L. B. Anderson will let it set empty until
"God-knows-what" happens (LOL).
Thomas Smrt was (and is, I
suppose) a visionary man, but, like many men with vision, his
world seems to be rocked by eccentricities and peccadilloes. For
more on that, see Thomas