Aurora Sportsmen’s Club moves west

By on August 7, 2009

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—The Aurora Sportsmen’s Club held its last shooting event at its Sugar Grove location on June 30, and has since moved its operations west to Waterman.

The club opened for business at its new location on July 4. Having been located in Sugar Grove for more than 60 years, the club began making plans to move farther west a number of years ago.

The new location, which will utilize 520 acres, includes six rifle and pistol ranges, an archery area and will soon open sporting clay fields.

The club currently has more than 1,300 members and is actively looking to add more to its membership.

The village of Sugar Grove annexed the property in 2003, giving the club a 15-year window within which to move out of Sugar Grove. The agreement also spelled out that the property was to remain zoned agricultural, with the operation of the shooting range an arrangement valid only between the current owners of the club and the village.

The club’s move leaves its Sugar Grove property vacant, for now.

According to William Charles, Ltd. associate counsel Erik Lindberg, William Charles, Ltd. has acquired the deed to the property, in lieu of foreclosure.

Lindberg said his firm has no plans to utilize the property, and is attempting to sell the 37 acres.


  1. alocoman

    August 9, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    So the Aurora Sportsmen’s club had the money to purchase/lease a new place in Waterman, but yet went into foreclosure on the property in Sugar Grove?

    From this article it sounds to me that the ownership of the property has transferred to William Charles, LTD. If this is the case, why would the Village of Sugar Grove let this property exchange hands without an environmental clean-up plan put in place?

    Think of all of the lead that is now sitting in the dirt backstops of this “agricultural” property.

    Wake up Sugar Grove leadership!

  2. Kwatcher

    August 15, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    alocoman – The Village has no authority to stop an exchange of ownership of property. The Village only has some control when development of property is proposed.

  3. alocoman

    August 21, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Hmmm….I disagree. What you are saying is that the village of SG has not yet set up any mechanism in order to intervene in a property transaction, thus mitigating any chance for the village code enforcement to try to maintain some standards to the properties in our town, not to mention leaving a good revenue source sitting on the table.

    Try selling a property in any suburb in DuPage county, the involvement by the local government will cost you a hefty penny for their “sticker,” a stamp of approval so to speak allowing transfer of ownership of a property.

  4. Kwatcher

    August 21, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    I believe you are referring to the real estate transfer tax. Towns under 25,000 population cannot enact it without a referendum. Sugar Grove has never attempted such a referendum and it would likely fail. Many proprty sales are subject to municipal approval of zoning, thus giving the town some power. Code enforcement is a separate issue.

  5. hellostuman

    October 2, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Now that Chicago lost its bid at the Olympics, I wonder if the ASC is regretting buying this new property and moving?