Hidden River

The Hidden River mansion near Mahomet.

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MAHOMET — The Champaign County Forest Preserve District has purchased about 93 wooded acres along the Sangamon River that were once part of the 200-acre Hidden River mansion development.

The 200 acres are being split into separate lots by Tabeling Development Co. The mansion and 15 acres were under contract last month to a family for use as a private residence, Shawn Tabeling said.

The forest preserve district bought the land north and west of the mansion for about $6,000 per acre, said its deputy director, Michael Daab. It was able to buy the land with a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation.

“With that comes the expectation that we maintain it as a natural area in perpetuity,” Daab said.

It won’t become a park, he said, but will be open to the public, much like Hidden Acres near Homer Lake.

The foundation provided an additional $10,000 for initial restoration of the site, Daab said, which will include removing non-native trees and shrubs.