The Village’s rebranding effort seeks to transform Tinley Park into an Illinois music mecca through the enhancement of its existing assets, such as the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater and its award-winning school bands, and through the addition of several new features such as a new downtown plaza and a dedicated indoor music facility.
Harmony Square Plaza
The Village hosted an open house Dec. 6 at Village Hall to unveil three potential renderings of the proposed Harmony Square development and to solicit feedback from attendees on their favorite designs. Those who were unable to attend the open house are encouraged to visit the Envision Harmony Square website to review the renderings and weigh in on what they’d like to see represented in the final design. The Harmony Square development will be a public space located in Downtown Tinley. The development is a key component of the Village's recently completed branding initiative that makes music the focus of Tinley Park. This downtown public space will be programmed at least 250 days of the year and will be a destination for residents and regional visitors alike. Check out the 10-minute Harmony Square Open House video for more information.
The Village will replace the fountain centered in Zabrocki Plaza that was vandalized and irreparably damaged in 2016. The new fountain will consist of a bottom bowl only, with perimeter jets and a geyser center. The Village purchased the fountain from manufacturer Tournesol Site Works, which will deliver it in May.
Oak Park Avenue Resurfacing
The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA) granted the Village 70% funding for roadway improvements along Oak Park Avenue from 167th to 159th streets. The Village will pay the agreement costs and will be eligible for 70% reimbursement from the Illinois Department of Transportation. The preliminary design was approved on Dec. 22, 2016, and the target letting date is April 27, 2018. The project is expected to begin on July 2, 2018 or after the Independence Day holiday. The entire project, including engineering, is estimated to cost $2.4 million.
80th Avenue Station Repairs
Update [April 16, 2018]: Demolition is scheduled to start Wednesday, April 18, 2018. There will be two phases of two staircases each, for a total of four. The Village is anticipating full completion by the end of June. There will be a few parking spots blocked off for material staging. Please see the Preliminary Schedule and the Site Phasing and Staging Plan for more information.
Tax Increment Financing
The Village of Tinley Park has created several TIF Districts. Information on each district (including related documents) can be found on the Tax Increment Finance Districts page.
Sanitary Sewer Cleaning and Televising – Ridgeland Avenue
The Village of Tinley Park has entered into a contract with Airy’s, Inc. to perform sanitary sewer cleaning and televising work along Ridgeland Avenue between 167th and 175th streets. The Village will use this information to assess the condition of the sanitary sewer pipes and manholes within these limits. Work is expected to be performed during normal business hours starting March 26 and ending by the end of April 2018. Minor disruptions should be anticipated during these operations.
Tinley Park residents, with the support of the Tinley Park Police Department, are joining together to form the new Tinley Park Neighborhood Watch program.
License Plate Recognition (LPR) Cameras
In 2017, the Village hired F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen & Associates LLC to install two License Plate Recognition (LPR) cameras in the westbound and eastbound lanes at 183rd Street and Harlem Avenue. The first installation took place in December 2017, with the second installation following in January 2018. More cameras are being installed on Harlem Avenue, 183rd Street and Northcreek Drive. LPR cameras work by taking pictures of license plates and then converting the images to computer data that can be checked against a database. This project should be completed by the end of March 2018.
The Village of Tinley Park has begun replacing all streetlights on Village-owned right of ways with new LED technology that will provide a substantial annual cost savings, cleaner light and instant notification of outages.
The Village of Tinley Park is in the process of completing Freedom Pond, a naturalized detention basin located on eight acres of the Panduit property at the north-east corner of 175th Street and Ridgeland Avenue. Work is being performed by Dyer Construction and began in spring 2017. The installation of landscaping and decorative elements will begin spring 2018.
State Campus (Tinley Park Mental Health Center property)
At approximately 280 acres, the State Campus property (formerly occupied by the Tinley Park Mental Health Center) is the single-largest development opportunity in Tinley Park. The Village has the opportunity to create a legacy project that can complement the entire Village. The Village recently issued a Request for Qualifications to the development community which is open until February 23, 2018.
The Village of Tinley Park has hired United Meters, Inc. to replace all Severn-Trent/Elster water meters in town with Sensus iPERL water meters. As of March 6, 2018, United Meters Inc. and the Tinley Park Public Works Department have installed 18,070 new water meters in residential homes in town, with 4,132 water meters left to install. Installation is anticipated to be completed by the end of May.
Oak Lawn Water Rates/Infrastructure
Pavement Management Program
Crack Sealing Program
The Village selected Denler, Inc. to perform a multi-year crack sealing program in Tinley Park. Work includes crack sealing of various Village streets and municipal parking lots.
175th Street Improvements
The Village is conducting an engineering study for improvements to 175th Street from Oak Park to Ridgeland avenues; Ridgeland Avenue from 175th Street to Oak Forest Avenue; and Oak Forest Avenue from Ridgeland Avenue to 1000 feet east. Proposed improvements feature total reconstruction of the roadways, including: new curb and gutter, sidewalks, a multi-use path along Ridgeland Avenue, on-street bike lanes along 175th Street, a new drainage system, proposed roadway lighting, and various utility improvements. The Village is working with the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways, which will reimburse the Village for 100 percent of the design and engineering costs associated with the project. Final design approval is anticipated for summer 2019, with a construction schedule that is to-be-determined and subject to Cook County funding.
The Village of Tinley Park is extending 191st Street from Prosperi Drive to Oak Park Avenue, completing the road’s connection from Harlem Avenue to Oak Park Avenue. D Construction of Coal City, Ill. is performing the work, which began in August with earth removal. Work is expected to be completed by July 2018.
84th Avenue Resurfacing
The Village of Tinley Park is resurfacing approximately 1.5 miles of 84th Avenue, from 159th to 171st street. While Cook County has jurisdiction over 84th Avenue, the Village is responsible for maintaining street parking. The proposed resurfacing will strengthen and maintain the integrity of the existing roadway system, which serves both commercial and residential properties. Gallagher Asphalt of Thornton, Ill. is performing the work, which began in April with concrete work and will be complete by July 2018.
By resurfacing the roadway, the Village will be able to avoid the additional long-term costs and safety hazards associated with postponing the typical required maintenance of a transportation network. In an effort to utilize federal funding to advance the transportation goals of both the Village and County County, the Village has already secured 80% of the construction and construction engineering costs through the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association. In addition, the Village has committed to a local 20% match of the construction engineering portion of the project. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) bid the project on Sept. 22, 2017, with Gallagher Asphalt as the lowest bidder at about $700,000.
There are no detour routes associated with this improvement, and all public roads will remain open during construction.
Cook County also is performing work separate from the Village on the same road from Nielson Drive to 171st Street. This project is part of the Pavement Preservation and Rehabilitation Program – South 2017. Bids were opened for this project on Nov. 29, 2017, with anticipated construction during the 2018 season. This is not a Village project but is included here as a reference for residents.
MWRD Structure Rehabilitation Pipelining
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) will perform structure rehabilitation and pipelining along 175th Street and Ridgeland Avenue in order to update the infrastructure and prevent further deterioration of the existing pipes and structures, which were installed in the 1960s. This is an MWRD project and will incur no cost to the Village of Tinley Park.
80th Avenue Improvement Project
An 80th Avenue roadway improvement study by the Will County Department of Highways is under way to gather information about the existing travel and safety conditions on the road between 183rd and 191st Streets. Proposed improvements include the widening of the road and bridge from two to four lanes as well as drainage and surface improvements. As of March 2018, the Village is working with Will County to finalize the design elements it wants included in the final plan.