See below for more information on major projects occurring in the Village of Tinley Park.
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 Harmony Square development will be a public plaza 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. The Village hosted an open house in December 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 check out the 10-minute Harmony Square Open House video for more information.
Fire Station No. 47
In order to meet the 21st Century needs of the Tinley Park Fire Department, the Village will demolish Fire Station No. 47 and construct a new station in its place. Key features of the new station will include bunk room facilities to accommodate constant occupancy of as many as six to eight firefighters; a locker room; more privacy for showers and changing; upgraded safety and cancer prevention measures for staff that separate them from potentially dangerous equipment; more storage for gear; a fitness room; a room for meetings and conferences; direct pathways to apparatus, resulting in quicker access; a dedicated drive-through so trucks won’t have to back into the garage at 167th Street, which can cause traffic issues; and high-quality, durable furnishings that can withstand constant use for years. Demolition of the old building is slated to begin in winter 2018, with construction to follow spring 2019. If all goes as planned, the new station should open sometime in the fall of 2019. The Village has hired FGM Architects of Oak Brook to design the new facility.
New Bremen TIF District
The Village recently created the New Bremen Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District, which is bounded by 172nd Street on the north, 179th Street on the south, 67th Avenue and 66th Court on the east, and 69th Avenue on the west. At about 89 acres, the new TIF district consists of 275 tax parcels and includes commercial, residential, government/institutional, mixed-use, railroad and right-of-way land uses. The New Bremen TIF replaced the Main Street South TIF, which was created in 2003 and was set to expire in 2026 after its 23-year life cycle had run its course. Due in part to the 2007 recession, which greatly hindered development in the area, the remaining eight years left on the TIF were insufficient to allow any meaningful development to occur. In response, the Village decided to create the New Bremen TIF in order to give a new set of 23 incremental tax years to support redevelopment and infrastructure improvements in Downtown Tinley.
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.
Former 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 resulted in five proposals. Village staff is in the process of reviewing these proposals.
Water Meter Replacement
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 June 5, 2018, United Meters Inc. and the Tinley Park Public Works Department have installed nearly 21,000 new water meters in residential homes in town. Installation is anticipated to be completed during the summer of 2018.
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.
Project Update [June 6, 2018]: The LPR camera project has moved on to 191st Street and Harlem Avenue. Additional locations will be determined and bid out in the near future.
Oak Park Playbook
The Village of Tinley Park is committed to assuring the long-term viability of the community, assisting with business start-ups and supporting tourism. One of the key goals is to develop a signature downtown where residents can live, shop, dine and be entertained. To support this effort, in May 2018 the Village began offering the Oak Park Playbook – a series of five grants specifically designed to encourage Downtown Tinley business owners to invest in and improve their respective properties.
See below for more information on infrastructure projects occurring in the Village of Tinley Park.
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 and is scheduled to be installed in mid-June 2018.
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.
Project Update [May 1, 2018]: This project was let by the State of Illinois on April 27, 2018. Construction is expected to start in early July 2018. The letting for the Oak Park Avenue resurfacing/multi-use path project came in under budget by about $340,000 of the total contract. The Village has notified IDOT that it concurs with the "as-read" low bidder in the amount of $1,655,721. 73.
Harlem Avenue Sidewalk Gaps
The Village has hired J&J Newell Concrete Contractors, Inc. to repair interrupted sidewalk sections on the east and west side of Harlem Avenue between 167th and 171st streets. Sections of missing sidewalks on Harlem Avenue are located between 170th Place and Sandy Lane (west parkway); 170th Street and Hanover Place Senior Living (east parkway); south of 168th Place (east parkway); and north of 168th Place to MB Financial Bank. Scope of work includes the construction of a new sidewalk in the above locations. The sidewalk alignment will be adjusted to accommodate existing landscaping along this route.
Apple Lane Pond
The Village will perform work on Apple Lane Pond, which is located at 161st Street and Creekmont Court. The pond needs dredging to alleviate problems related to shallow depth. More information on this project will be available in the coming weeks.
Fairfield Glen Pond
The Village will perform work at Fairfield Glen Pond, located at 88th Avenue and LaPorte Road. The pond needs major ecological restoration to get all invasive species issues under control. More information on this project will be available in the coming weeks.
80th Avenue Station Repairs
The Village has hired F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen & Associates to replace four deteriorating staircases and perform railing replacement and site restoration at the 80th Avenue Metra train station. The steps have been closed to the public for several months. The Village also is working with the station’s original architect and the bond company for the contractor, which is no longer in business, to determine the cause of other maintenance issues at the station and the best way in which to fix them. Demolition began on 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 Work Schedule and the Site Phasing and Staging Plan for more information. The Village appreciates commuters’ patience during the repair.
Project Update [May 24, 2018]: Phase 1 concrete has been completed. Railing design submittals are waiting on Metra approval to begin fabrication. Once submittals are approved, residents expect a two-week fabrication and installation time. After railing installation is complete, landscape and paver restoration is to be completed prior to opening to the public. At that point, the next two staircases will be closed for replacement. The Village thanks commuters for their continued patience.
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 being done during normal business hours and is slated to be complete by July 2018. Minor disruptions should be anticipated during these operations. This project is slated to be complete by November 2018.
Project Update [June 11, 2018]: The sanitary sewer cleaning and televising has been completed by Airy’s Inc. During the past week, the contractor was directed to cut two cast iron protruding service taps that were impacting flow. These two services were located along Ridgeland Avenue just south of Oak Forest Avenue. Also, the section of sewer pipe located just north of 175th Street could not be televised and cleaned due to the downstream invert elevation being below the outfall. This section of pipe was previously lined. CBBEL is still in the process of reviewing the televising videos and reports to verify the work completed in the first pay request. A recommendation will be prepared once this has been completed. The plans for sewer and manhole repair at Ridgeland Avenue and 175th Street were approved by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District on May 24. The construction schedule is pending due to continued coordination with the MWRD regarding the junction chamber.
167th Street Sanitary Sewer Repair
The Village is performing sanitary sewer repair on 167th Street near Normandy Drive. The outside lanes in both direction will be closed. This project will last two weeks starting June 13 and ending June 22. See the map of the affected area for more information.
Creek Stabilization and Sanitary Sewer Manhole Maintenance
The Village of Tinley Park recently contracted an outside entity to clean and inspect the Village’s sanitary sewer and manholes along Ridgeland Avenue between 167th and 175th streets. During the inspection, it was observed that one of the sanitary sewer manholes located near Midlothian Creek, off Forest Glen Drive, had been exposed due to erosion issues along the bank of the creek. At this location there exists a siphon system that conveys wastewater under the creek. The Village determined that the bank of the creek needs to be stabilized to prevent any further erosion, as well as further maintenance to the sanitary sewer structures that accommodate the wastewater system. This will be done by installing large diameter riprap around the structure to restore the stability of the bank around the structures, shore up the bank around the siphon pipe, and prevent any further erosion of the creek bank. The siphon system will then undergo a full inspection. The work is scheduled to begin mid-May 2018 and conclude late-June 2018 (weather permitting). The Village has coordinated this work with the Tinley Park Park District and area residents.
Project Update [June 11, 2018]: Airy’s Inc. began work June 1 and started by raising the manhole frames and waterproofing the structures. During the week of June 4, the contractor tested the two sets of pipes that carry wastewater beneath Midlothian Creek. After the tests were completed, the riprap was installed along the streambank and flowable fill concrete was pumped in place to secure the manhole and riprap. This should reduce the likelihood of future erosion issues to the bank and manhole at this location. Also, direction was given to the contractor to install some additional riprap along the north side of Midlothian Creek near a storm sewer outfall. The headwall was experiencing erosion on the upstream and downstream sides of the pipe outlet. Riprap was installed on June 6th to stabilize the banks adjacent to the wingwalls. The Army Corps of Engineers permit was amended to add this additional work. On June 7, landscape restoration and soil stabilization was installed adjacent to the manholes that were raised and along the access path adjacent to the residential home. Subject to a final site walkthrough, all contract work has been completed.
Project Update [June 18, 2018]: The contractor began grinding Thursday and will continue through street 20 (they may be finished today or early tomorrow with grinding). Heater scarifier is expected in town Wednesday and will begin that process, which will prompt paving. Depending on progress of paving, grinding operations will pause and then start again at street 21 (so they don’t get too far ahead of paving operations).
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.
Project Update [June 18, 2018]: Gallagher Asphalt completed placing level binder and adjusted the structures in the pavement. Gallagher plans to place HMA surface course this week.
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.
Please note the black tubes running along 167th Street are used for bypass pumping of the MWRD sanitary sewer.
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. The Village is working with Will County to finalize the design elements it wants included in the final plan.
The below projects are not being conducted by the Village of Tinley Park but are included here as a reference for residents.
Oak Park Avenue Railroad Crossing Closing
METRA will be closing the railroad track crossing at Oak Park Avenue from Aug. 21 to 31 for a complete replacement of the track. Please note that this is a METRA project and is only being included here as a notice to residents.
84th Avenue (Pavement Preservation and Rehabilitation Program)
Cook County is performing work along 84th Avenue from Nielson Drive to 171st Street. Cook County's project, which is separate from the Village's resurfacing project on the same road, 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.