F.E. Steve Madsen's Waterfall

An aerial view of the Waterfall Restaurant, right, and Motel, which both opened in 1958.

For the past few months, commuters entering Oregon off Hwy. 138 or U.S. Hwy. 14 have been greeted with a rather bleak view of the village’s east side.

On their left is the former Waterfall motel and restaurant property, not much more than a gravel lot.

That could change soon, as the village is considering selling that parcel to a local developer.

Dan Bertler, owner of Supreme Structures, briefly shared a vision for what could go in that area during Monday night’s Village Board meeting, and the board met twice in closed session that night to discuss the sale.

Bertler already owns the property at 1075 Park St., adjacent to 1053, and he said he’s hoping to combine the two parcels to provide more room for a development.

He listed a few options for what could fit in that space, including a convenience store, a bank, a medical clinic or a restaurant. He said all were real possibilities, as he’s heard interest in businesses wanting to put down roots there.

Bertler told the board he would “feel very confident” he could have the restaurant demolished and the property cleaned up no later than Sept. 15, and he hoped construction on whatever would fill the space could be completed in the spring.

Trustees expressed excitement about the possibilities and offered some suggestions.

Jeff Boudreau asked about mixed use, with housing above retail, and while Bertler didn’t rule it out, he said it’s out of his area of expertise.

“Everything is on the table at this point,” Bertler said. “My whole goal is to try to develop both parcels as fast as possible and turn it around to put back on the tax base.”

Other trustees thanked Bertler for taking on the project.

“I think we’re extremely excited about getting this part of the village redeveloped and spruced up,” Cory Horton said during the meeting. “It’s the gateway to our community, and right now it’s not looking like what we want it to.”