The Village of Tinley Park has several ongoing or upcoming projects/initiatives occurring in town.
Downtown Tinley Redevelopment
See below for more information on Downtown Tinley redevelopment occurring in the Village of Tinley Park.
The Banging Gavel will be a brewery, restaurant/public house, outdoor patio and residence housed in the historic Vogt building at 6811 Hickory St., Tinley Park. The brewing production will occur on the ground floor. The restaurant/public house will be on the first floor, and private events and the kitchen will be on the second floor. The outdoor patio will provide food and beverage service, as well as live music. The third floor will be a private residential unit. The restaurant/public house will be open Tuesday through Sunday with reduced hours for the patio. The brewery will operate seven days a week.
Project Update [March 2021]: Work on the outdoor patio has begun.
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 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.
Project Update [April 2021]: The Village is in the process of acquiring the final parcel of property required to proceed with construction. Court proceedings have been delayed due to COVID-19.
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.
Project Update [April 2021]: Construction began last fall and was on hold due to the snowfall and cold weather. The project is expected to resume this spring.
Avocado Theory (17302 Oak Park Avenue)
The Village approved plans to redevelop the standalone commercial property to be a mixed-use building with a restaurant, patio area and second-floor apartment. The business will include a variety of avocado-based, fresh and healthy foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Avocado Theory also plans to have a catering aspect for parties.
Project Update [March 2021]: Construction is ongoing.
Union Square Townhomes
The last of the four townhome buildings at 179th Street and Oak Park Avenue is under construction. Please visit the property website for more information.
The Scoop, 17326 S. Oak Park Ave., is a new ice cream retailer coming to Downtown Tinley. The build-out of the store is under way.
See below for more information on Village-wide projects occurring in the Village of Tinley Park.
Brixmor is redeveloping the Tinley Park Plaza shopping center on the east side of Harlem Avenue, just south of 159th Street. Brixmor’s phased renovation plan will cost about $22 million and includes demolition of approximately 87,000 square feet of the in-line center and construction of new retail spaces to accommodate the retailers under contract, as well as others yet to be determined. Future renovations will include the creation of new tenant spaces, improvements to the north end of the in-line center, and separating the current in-line center into two buildings for better access to loading docks and service entrances essential for deliveries. The Village will offer financial assistance in an amount not to exceed $9.9 million, or 50% of the actual project costs, whichever is lower. This financial assistance will come from a combination of TIF incremental revenues from the shopping center properties alone, and incremental municipal sales taxes (1%) from all the businesses located in the shopping center over a 10-year period. A maximum of $8.1 million of TIF-eligible costs are to be paid from the TIF increment generated, with the remainder (as much as $1.8 million) to be paid from incremental sales taxes.
Project Update [March 2021]: Construction on the building shell continues.
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. Following a Request for Qualifications to the development community, which resulted in five proposals, the Village entered into an Exclusive Negotiation Rights Agreement (ENRA) with Melody Square, LLC in January 2019. In Spring 2019, the Village was approached by Rick Heidner, part of the Melody Square team, about building a harness race track, casino, hotels, restaurant and other entertainment venues on the Tinley Park Mental Health Center site, an option made possible by recent legislation passed by the State of Illinois expanding gambling in the State and specifically authorizing a racetrack/casino in the south suburban area. Presently, the Village is working with the State to secure the property while the developer is in the process of applying for licenses from both the Illinois Gaming and Racing boards.
Update [October 2020]: In the fall of 2019, after several months of negotiations, the state decided to not sell the property to the Village to develop a racino complex. In the spring, the state reconsidered, and the governor announced the State would sell the property to the Village. However, the COVID-19 crisis hit, so the State has not had substantive discussions with the Village since then. A bill was passed in late spring that allocated $15 million from the State for cleaning up the site. It is unknown when that money will be released.
The Village’s branding 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.
Wayfinding Sign Program
The Marketing Department, in coordination with the Marketing and Branding Commission, has been working with KMA on the development of a Village-wide wayfinding sign program. This initiative has included the development and review of the Village's existing sign inventory, the facilitation and analysis of a public survey, research on local and federal regulatory signage requirements and the collection of vehicular traffic counts throughout the community.
The Magnuson is a multi-family development with 144 units to be located at 19248-19288 Magnuson Lane. The luxury apartment complex, which includes a clubhouse, pool and roof terraces, was approved by the Village Board on Dec. 5, 2017. There will be four residential structures with 36 residential apartment units in each with underground parking.
Project Update [March 2021]: Foundation work is 90% complete.
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.
Project Update [April 2021]: Water meter installations are 99.89% complete. The Village has sent letters to all non-compliant residents, with some of them responding and scheduling appointments to have meters changed to avoid additional fees. As of early April, the Village has less than 25 water meters left to replace in the less than 1" size.
License Plate Recognition (LPR) Cameras
The Village hired F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen & Associates LLC to install License Plate Recognition (LPR) cameras at the intersection of 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. 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.
Lenny’s Car Wash (18421 West Creek Drive)
Lenny's Car Wash would be on a consolidated lot with the previously approved Food N Fuel gas station and convenience store at 7451 W. 183rd Street. The new site would be branded as a Gas N Wash instead of the originally proposed Food N Fuel.
Project Update [March 2021]: Construction is ongoing.
Vequity LLC is constructing a 7-Eleven gas station and convenience store on the southwest corner of 171st Street and Harlem Avenue (17100 and 17110 Harlem Avenue). The proposal includes a 3,511-square-foot convenience store and canopy area with 10 vehicle fueling stations. Building permits have been submitted and are under review.
Project Update [March 2021]: The building permit has been approved and is ready to be issued.
Chipotle (7228 W. 191st Street)
The proposed Site Plan Amendment allows for the previous Bank of America building to be converted to a multi-tenant commercial building that includes a Chipotle restaurant. The current Chipotle proposal will have outdoor patios, landscaping additions and more parking than the previously approved site plan. A drive-up, pre-order pick-up window is proposed instead of the typical drive-thru operation.
Update [March 2021]: The Village has issued a permit.
SD Hospitality LLC has submitted building permits to construct a new Holiday Inn hotel on the property at 18320 North Creek Drive. The proposed Holiday Inn hotel is 63,471 square feet and four stories tall on a 2.47-acre lot in the North Creek Business Park. The full-service hotel will have 108 rooms, an indoor pool, a fitness room, meeting rooms, an outdoor patio, a dining area and a hotel lounge with a bar.
Project Update [March 2021]: A permit was issued, and the applicant is looking to start construction soon.
Even Hotel is a re-branding of the former Holiday Inn. Check out the newly remodeled hotel online. Full renovations will be completed in the fall of 2021. Read this newsletter for more information.
See below for more information on infrastructure projects occurring in the Village of Tinley Park.
Pavement Management Project
The Pavement Management Program is an annual program that resurfaces/repairs roadways in the Village. More information is available on the Public Works page.
Project Update [April 2021]: All road improvements have been completed; however Robinson Engineering is still working with Gallagher Asphalt to ensure the final parkway restorations have all been completed. Final quantities have been agreed upon. Restorations to be completed in the spring.
175th Street Improvements
The Village is conducting an engineering study for improvements to 175th Street from Oak Park to approximately 600 feet east of Ridgeland Avenue; Ridgeland Avenue from approximately 600 feet south of 175th Street north to Oak Forest Avenue; and Oak Forest Avenue from Ridgeland Avenue to 1100 feet east. Proposed improvements entail 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. For this project, the Village is working with the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways. Final design approval is anticipated for summer 2020, with a construction schedule that is to-be-determined and subject to Cook County funding and right of way acquisition.
Project Update [April 2021]: The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways is working on construction easements with residents. The project is expected to bid in late fall 2022.
Infrastructure Improvement Projects
See below for more information on water and sewer projects occurring in the Village of Tinley Park.
LaGrange Road Utility Design
The Village has contracted with Baxter & Woodman to design utilities from 179th Street to 183rd Street. The design of these utilities will help spur redevelopment in the area.
Project Update [April 2021]: The Village has coordinated with Loyola to prepare permanent easement documents for the lift station, which will be located on Loyola property just north of 183rd Street. Negotiations are ongoing.
Apple Lane Pond
Apple Lane Pond located at 161st Street and Creekmont Court has eroded so much that it eliminated the required amount of oxygen for wildlife to survive on hot days. The pond needs to to be dredged and replanted; a complete restoration is needed. This project includes sediment removal (Phase One) and shoreline restoration (Phase Two).
Project Update [April 2021]: The contractor has completed installation of erosion control measures on the east slope where channels were developing from runoff at the street ends in the condo association area. All ornamental beds adjacent to the sidewalk have been installed. Seeding is completed in the area where the sediment bags were being stored. Excavation for the bench and pathway is complete, as is installation of concrete footings. The interpretive sign and bench was installed in November. Restoration work in the naturalized planting area is ongoing, as the first growing season is drawing to a close. A vegetation monitoring report was completed in October, and the site appears to be on-track to meet all of the performance criteria by the end of the third growing season, as required. The estimated completion date is in May 2021.
Fairfield Glen Pond
Fairfield Glen Pond at 88th Avenue and LaPorte Road needs major ecological restoration to get all invasive species issues under control; plant material is overgrown and taking over the pond.
Project Update [April 2021]: The parkway trees along Glenshire Street and Fairfield Lane have been installed, as have the ornamental shrub beds. Excavation for the bench and pathway is complete, and concrete footings have been poured. The interpretive sign and bench was installed in November. Restoration work has wound down for the season for the most part, as the growing season is just about done. A vegetation monitoring report was completed in October, and the site appears to be on-track to meet all of the performance criteria by the end of the third growing season, as required. The estimated completion date is in May 2021.
Hydrant flushing is the quick release of water from fire hydrants. It’s a controlled procedure that is vital to the general maintenance of the Village's water distribution system. It ensures adequate water flow is available to firefighters, residents and businesses. It also helps maintain the Village's water clarity and quality by clearing iron and mineral deposits from the water mains (distribution pipes).
Project Update [April 2021]: Work for 2020 is complete, with a total of 1,200 fire hydrants painted. Hydrant painting is scheduled to continue in July 2021.
The hydrant painting program is a multi-year program in which the Village's selected contractor comes to a specific area of town to paint hydrants. The Village has divided the town into multiple sections based on number of hydrants. The contractor sandblasts each hydrant, sprays the hydrant with a primer, and then paints the hydrant yellow. The caps of the fire hydrants are painted a different color based on the water main size. The color coding helps Village staff in the field when there's a water main leak or when other repairs are needed to the water main. The hydrants are also updated into GIS with the date they have been painted.
Project Update [October 2020]: The hydrant painting program is 100% complete. The Village painted a total of 1,200 fire hydrants this year.
Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing
The Village's smoke testing project consists of inspecting sanitary sewer manholes and smoke testing the sewer pipes between manholes. The smoke is non-toxic and should not enter homes unless there is an issue with your private sewer service. There is no need for the contractors performing the work to enter homes. See the project area map or a list of frequently asked questions for more information. Other questions can be directed to Public Works at (708) 444-5500.
Project Update [October 2020]: Smoke testing is complete and will resume in the summer of 2021.
The below projects are not being conducted by the Village of Tinley Park but are included here as a reference for residents.
175th St./Ridgeland Ave./Oak Forest Ave. Reconstruction Project
The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways repaired sections of 175th Street from Oak Park to Ridgeland avenues in October 2019. Work included grinding the road two inches down at spots, followed by paving. These repairs are only temporary fixes intended to improve the condition of the road for the winter.
Updated [April 2021]: The Cook County Highway Department is working on construction easements with residents. This project is expected to bid in spring 2022.
80th Avenue Widening Project
Will County will perform widening and reconstruction of 80th Avenue from 191st Street to 183rd Street. The project will include constructing additional through lanes and turn lanes; the construction/reconstruction of two 12-foot through lanes in each direction; the construction of an 18-foot barrier median; traffic signal installation/modifications at 185th Street and 183rd Street; construction of noise walls on the northwest corner of the 183rd street intersection; replacement of triple circular culverts with a bridge over Union Drainage Ditch; and replacement of culvert for a tributary to the Union Drainage Ditch.
Project Update [April 2021]: This project is on the June 2021 letting, and the final plans were due on March 1, 2021. The Village hopes to complete the shared-use path along the east side of 80th Avenue between 183rd Street and Timber Drive.
Oak Lawn Water Rates/Infrastructure Improvements
The water system infrastructure improvements that Oak Lawn and its engineering firm have been designing are scheduled to be completed in 2023. The new system will have dual, redundant feeds; more modern and efficient pump stations; and significantly larger capacity.