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 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 is working with the Lakota Group on the site design for Harmony Square. Those who were unable to attend the open house in December can check out the 10-minute Harmony Square Open House video. A formal groundbreaking ceremony was held March 13 at Oak Park Avenue and North Street.
North Street was completed and reopened to traffic on Sept. 24, a month ahead of schedule. The Village held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 1.
Project Update [January 2020]: Pavers have been replaced. Completed punchlist items and last payout will be received soon.
New Downtown Streetscape Project
Staff met with Lakota representatives on Oct. 1, 2018 to kick-off the Streetscape Master Plan Project for the downtown area. Lakota will be providing streetscape designs for the Boulevard and Bremen Station projects, as well as the new Harmony Square. The planning is expected to take three months and will include Oak Park Avenue from 159th Street to 183rd Street, along with portions of the side streets extending in both directions from Oak Park Avenue.
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.
SIP – New Wine Bar Concept
Local entrepreneur Neal Hummitsch (Salina’s) has proposed a new concept for a self-serve wine bar and restaurant with outdoor patios at the former Attic Door, 17424 S. Oak Park Ave. The proposal includes an addition to the existing structure with a second-floor residential unit. The proposed architecture for the addition reflects the original architecture of the structure.
Project Update [August 2019]: The SIP Wine Bar is under construction.
The Banging Gavel
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. The Banging Gavel has been issued an interior demolition permit. The applicant is in the process of finalizing remodeling plans to be issued for building permit.
Project Update [January 2020]: The Village Board approved an amended incentive agreement Dec. 17 to allow the project to be developed in two phases. The first phase will consist of the taproom, brewery and outdoor garden area (weather permitting). The second phase will be the completion of the second floor kitchen and private event space.
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.
Project Update [January 2020]: Project completion has been delayed by the MWRD structure rehabilitation project. The landscape will be re-bid in spring 2020. Anticipated completion is spring/summer 2020.
See below for more information on Village-wide projects occurring in the Village of Tinley Park.
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.
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.
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 spring 2019, with construction to follow. The Village has hired FGM Architects of Oak Brook to design the new facility.
Project Update [January 2020]: The block walls around the apparatus floor and the stud walls around the living quarters are completed, as is the brick veneer and the roofing. Plumbing, HVAC installation and living quarters ceiling drywall continues. The contractor poured the apparatus floor in December 2019. The walls and infrastructure are being constructed, and block walls have been primer-coated. The natural gas meter was installed in December 2019.
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. Construction is expected to commence in the spring of 2019.
Project Update [January 2020]: The Magnuson plans have been approved for a foundation-only permit. The developer has stated it intends to start pouring concrete the first week of January 2020.
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 complete by mid-summer 2019.
Project Update [January 2020]: Water meter installations are 99.69% complete. The Village sent letters to all non-compliant residents, with many of them responding and scheduling appointments to have meters changed to avoid additional fees. There are less than 71 meters left to replace in the less than one-inch 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.
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.
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 [January 2020]: Final landscape and hardscape will be completed after the handrails are replaced. This project is expected to be completed in 2020. Repairs are ongoing.
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.
Infrastructure Improvement Projects
See below for more information on water and sewer projects occurring in the Village of Tinley Park.
Post 7 Force Main Lining Project
The Village Board has authorized VisuSewer to perform cleaning, televising and cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) lining of the existing Post 7 Sanitary Force Main. The work will require excavation of access pits and construction operations at various locations throughout the project area outlined in the map included in the project updated linked below. The project will begin Oct. 14, 2019 and is expected to be completed by mid-December, weather permitting.
Project Update [January 2020]: Visu-Sewer was awarded the contract for this project. During field investigations, it was found the location of the piping was rerouted during the time of residential development. The new location required field corrections to be made, which included abandoning old pipe and rerouting to avoid other utilities. Visu-Sewer has an estimated stop date of Feb. 4, 2020 and will have everything completed up to 167th Street at this point. Visu-Sewer will return once the weather gets warmer to continue cleaning and televising under 167th Street.
Brementowne Water Main Improvements
The Village is undertaking a major project in the Brementowne subdivision that includes replacing the existing water main, fire hydrants, valves and water services on 174th Street from Harlem Avenue to Odell Avenue; on 70th Avenue from 173rd Place to 174th Place; and on 76th Avenue from 164th Place to Nottingham Drive. Water service to homes located on 174th Street and 70th Avenue will be replaced from the existing water shut-off, located in the parkway, to the new water main. Work is under way and will be completed by Dec. 1. Residents’ water service may be interrupted and driveways in the work area may be blocked for short periods of time during this process. Every effort will be made to notify affected residents at least a day before the scheduled work. Road closures will occur during the process to maintain traffic safety and minimize conflicts with construction activities. The contractor will restore access to each location at the end of each workday. Water service to Brementowne residents outside of the specified area may be affected due to water shutdowns necessary to complete the work. As required by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the Village is providing an informational notice letting residents know the project may affect the lead content of their potable water supply if their residential water service line was installed prior to June 19, 1986.
Project Update [January 2020]: Lawn restorations have been completed at all three locations. The Village performed a site walkthrough the week of Jan. 6, 2020 to verify all punchlist items were completed.
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.
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).
Phase One Update [October 2019]: Phase One of the project was completed on Sept. 16, 2019. Phase Two began Sept. 17, 2019.
Phase Two Update [January 2020]: Site preparation was completed in November. During that time, seed mixes also were installed, along with erosion-control blanketing around all the slopes. Erosion channels were immediately addressed. Plug installation is anticipated in spring 2020, along with seating areas and interpretive signage.
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 [January 2020]: Site preparation work has been ongoing since the prescribed burn was carried out. Brush piles were occasionally burned. Removal of stonework around the shoreline, seeing and placement of erosion-control matting is complete. Plug installation is anticipated in spring 2020, along with seating areas and interpretive signage.
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). Hydrant flushing is completed for 2019 and will resume in spring 2020.
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.
Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing
Several sanitary sewers in Tinley Park will be tested for leaks using a method that involves smoke. The testing limits are from 167th Street south to 171st Street, starting from Oak Park Avenue to Ridgeland Avenue. The Village's contractor will blow tracing smoke into the municipal sewer to locate leaks. The smoke is not harmful and should not enter your premises unless there is a dry trap or plumbing problem present. If you detect smoke in your building, simply open a window and the smoke will dissipate quickly. If you see the smoke testing crew, inform them if any smoke has entered the building. To prevent smoke from coming up through drains, pour about a quart of water into the drains to fill the traps before the project begins. Sink and bathtub drains, especially in spare bathrooms, also should be checked to make sure traps contain water. Doing this also prevents odors from the outside sewers from entering homes. During the testing, you may also notice smoke coming from the plumbing vent stack on the roof of your or your neighbor’s house. For more information, call the Village's Public Works Office Coordinator Bill Gomolka at (708) 444-5507 or Al Berkner with Sewer Assessment Services at (630) 398-9161.
175th Street/Ridgeland Avenue Sewer Televising, Lining and Replacement
The Village Board has authorized Insituform Technologies to perform cleaning, televising and cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) lining of the Ridgeland Avenue sanitary sewers from 167th to 175th streets. The work will require temporary sanitary service interruption for residents that connect to the Ridgeland Avenue sanitary sewers. The project will begin Sept. 30, 2019 and is expected to be completed by mid-February, weather permitting.
Project Update [January 2020]: Insituform was successful in trimming the sewer services flush with the pipe wall. Insituform has lined one of the two sewers from 167th to 175th streets, and has begun lining the second sewer starting from the north and moving south. The project is on schedule, with an anticipated completion date of Jan. 10, 2020.
The below projects are not being conducted by the Village of Tinley Park but are included here as a reference for residents.
175th Street Roadwork
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.
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.
159th Street Resurfacing
The Illinois Department of Transportation will resurface 159th Street from 94th Avenue to Pulaski Road beginning July 1, 2019. Work will consist of hot-mix asphalt surface removal, centerline milled rumble strips, pavement patching, concrete curb and gutter removal and replacement, sidewalk removal, PCC sidewalk placement, resurfacing with hot-mix asphalt surface course, placement of thermoplastic pavement markings, and all incidental and collateral work necessary to complete the project as shown on the plans and in the special provisions.
Project Update [January 2020]: Curb and sidewalk replacement has been completed on 159th Street. Resurfacing of 159th Street will resume in the spring of 2020, depending on weather conditions.
Harlem Avenue Resurfacing
The Illinois Department of Transportation will be resurfacing Harlem Avenue from 159th Street to Route 30. Construction is slated to begin in April 2019 and should be completed by June 2020. Harlem Avenue from 159th Street in Tinley Park to Lincoln Highway in Matteson and Frankfort Square will require daily lane closures with flaggers beginning, weather permitting, Monday, April 29. The work is expected to be completed between U.S. 30 and 171st Street in October. The work between 171st Street and 159th Street is expected to be completed in June 2020. Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment.
Project Update [January 2020]: The Harlem Avenue resurfacing project Phase 1 from Route 30 north to 171st Street has been completed. Phase 2 of will start in the spring of 2020, depending on weather, from 171st Street north to 159th Street.
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.