City Solicitor Shelley Smith says the city will not entertain other bids for the Logan Square building that serves as headquarters to the regional Boy Scouts.
"The property is under agreement, just like your house would be if you had accepted an offer," Smith said. "We’re not in a position to entertain other offers for the building at this time."
The city recently announced a proposed settlement with the Scouts after a long-running legal dispute based on the national organization's ban on gay scouts. Under the deal, the Scouts would pay $500,000 for the building at 22nd and Winter streets and then drop a claim for up to $960,000 in legal fees.
While the city presented the deal as the best way to end an expensive legal fight, the agreement drew severe criticism from gay advocates. Yesterday real estate investor Mel Heifetz made the city a $1.5 million offer for the building, saying he would donate it to a charitable organization that does not discriminate.