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 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. Staff is working with the consultant on the final stages of the plaza design, with an expected groundbreaking in spring 2019.
Staff has been working with the developer of the Boulevard, a mixed-use development on South Street. A Public Hearing was held Sept. 6, 2018, and the project was unanimously approved for recommendation to the Village Board. The Boulevard is proposed as a two-phase project with 31,700 square feet of commercial space and 165 residential units. The four-story structure has surface parking for residents at the rear of the property. The Village Board will discuss the incentive agreement at its Committee of the Whole meeting on Oct. 9, 2018. First reading of the adopting ordinances will be considered at the Oct. 16, 2018 Village Board meeting. Final adoption is scheduled for the November 6, 2018 village board meeting.
The property located at 6775 South Street, previously the Bremen Cash Store, is under review for a five-story, mixed-use development with 39 apartments, a parking deck, a 5,200-square-foot street-level commercial/restaurant space and apartment amenities, including a fitness room, rooftop terrace and lounge areas. The project completed staff review and a workshop was held before the Plan Commission on October 18, 2018. A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Dec. 6, 2018.
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. A Public Hearing was held on Aug. 16, 2018 and was unanimously approved for Village Board consideration. The Village Board approved the requested variations at its Sept. 18, 2018 meeting. 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.
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.
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 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 [Dec. 7, 2018]: Project completion has been delayed by the MWRD Structure Rehabilitation Project. Anticipated completion is now fall 2019.
See below for more information on Village-wide 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.
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 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.
Fire Hydrant Painting Program
Cryder Enterprises will be sandblasting, priming and painting all of the approximately 600 fire hydrants located in the highlighted zones on this map. The project will begin the week of September 24th and take approximately 60 days to complete, weather permitting.
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. For more information, read the LED Install Schedule and the LED Contract Drawings.
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 issued a Request for Qualifications to the development community, which resulted in five proposals. All qualified firms were offered interviews. The three firms that interviewed were asked to submit a more detailed proposal through an RFP process. The three proposals are being reviewed by elected officials and staff, including Trustees Glotz and Younker.
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.
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.
Project Update [Oct. 5, 2018]: Water meter replacement is 98% complete.
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.
See below for more information on infrastructure projects occurring in the Village of Tinley Park.
Multi-Use Bike Path
The Village has contracted with PT Ferro to construct a new 10-foot-wide hot mix asphalt multi-use path along the south side of 183rd Street from Convention Center Drive to Oak Park Avenue and on the west side of Oak Park Avenue from South Pointe Drive to 183rd Street. PCC sidewalks will also be installed along Convention Center Drive and on the north side of 183rd Street in front of Culver’s.
[Project Update: Nov. 27, 2018]: PT Ferro completed excavation for the multi-use path on 183rd Street last week and installed the two new catch basins at the east end. The next step is to place the aggregate subbase 6-inch under the path. There will be some delay due to the recent snow.
South Street Road Work
The Village has contracted with Austin-Tyler Construction to perform work along South Street in Downtown Tinley. Work is slated to begin Sept. 5 and will be complete by Nov. 15, weather permitting. The project will consist of removing the right turn lane and reconstructing a new geometry of South Street at 67th Court. Other work includes HMA grinding and resurfacing, curb and gutter removal and replacement, pavement marking, driveway removal and replacement, drainage structure adjustments/reconstruction, watermain replacement and sanitary sewer replacement. The Village has placed a message board at the Oak Park Avenue Metra lot, where it will remain throughout the duration of the project to provide updates. The Oak Park Avenue crossing for the Metra tracks will be open before the start of the project. Commuters who park in the South Lot will need to access it from 66th Court. The west entrance to the Metra lot will be closed permanently as part of this project. South Street will be closed during the duration of the project.
Project Update [Dec. 7, 2018]: Austin-Tyler Construction will be revisiting the project in the next week or so due to the need to repair and/or reconnect the new watermain to the existing main at the corner of 174th Street and 67th Court. It has been difficult for the contractor to get the necessary chlorination test results in order to approve the new main. It has remained isolated and will until the necessary chlorination test results are obtained.
Oak Park Avenue Resurfacing
The Village has contracted with Iroquois Paving Corporation to resurface Oak Park Avenue from 159th Street to just north of the 167th Street intersection. Construction began July 10 and is scheduled to be complete by Nov. 30, weather permitting. Oak Park Avenue will be down to two lanes during construction. Drivers will still be able to access all driveways. Work includes curb and gutter removal/replacement, hot mix asphalt (HMA) and Portland cement concrete (PCC) patches, HMA and PCC driveway removal/replacement, sidewalk removal/replacement, detectable warning plate installation, drainage structure adjustments, parkway restoration, pavement marking, detector loop replacements and multi-use path installation along the east side from 165th Street to Village Hall. 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.
Project Update [Nov. 27, 2018]: Iroquois completed installing aggregate subgrade improvement 12 inch and placed the HMA Base Course 6 inch and the HMA Binder course on the west side of Oak Park Avenue. Work Zone Safety striped the roadway in the permanent configuration on the binder course with temporary paint pavement markings and opened the roadway to traffic. All of the barricades have been removed. Work Zone Safety also installed "Bump" signs at the two AT&T manholes. Iroquois may place some temporary asphalt for driveways this week.
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 [Dec. 7, 2018]: Four staircases were replaced in 2018, Concrete and railing repairs will continue in 2019.
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.
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 [Oct. 12, 2018]: The Village has contracted with M.E. Simpson to perform hydrant flushing, which will begin Monday, Oct. 15. M.E. Simpson will being in the northeast corner of town and head west to the Village limits. M.E. Simpson will be working in sections 1-10 on the attached map, including section labeled 10A. They will flush close to 1,900 fire hydrants, about one-third of all in the Village. Residents who experiences discolored or cloudy water should run a bathtub, utility sink or any plumbing fixture that doesn't have an aerator/screen on it to clear their lines.
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.
Project Update [Oct. 9, 2018]: In September, Village staff performed 1,123 feet of new CCTV work. No sewer collapses were identified during this period of inspection. Upon completion of this project, approximately 77,000 lineal feet of sanitary sewer will be smoke tested, and 475 manholes will be inspected. The work began in September, and approximately 30% of the manholes have been inspected and roughly 80% of the sewer lines have been smoke tested to-date. Weather permitting, all contract work will be completed by November 2018.
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 27, 2018]: The sanitary sewer cleaning and televising has been completed by Airy’s Inc. CBBEL is still in the process of reviewing the televising videos and reports. In regards to the sewer and manhole repair at Ridgeland Avenue and 175th Street, the construction schedule is pending due to continued coordination with the district regarding the junction chamber. Preliminary plans for the district’s project were forwarded to the Village. The district is expected to address the junction chamber design at its July board meeting. Following approval, the contractor will mobilize, and the Village’s scope of improvements will be completed simultaneously with the district’s junction chamber project. Work will likely start late summer or into the fall.
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.
Project Update [July 10, 2018}: Sewer work is complete, and the final, permanent concrete patches have been installed. No further work is scheduled.
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.
The below projects are not being conducted by the Village of Tinley Park but are included here as a reference for residents.
Harlem Avenue Resurfacing
The Illinois Department of Transportation will be resurfacing Harlem Avenue from 159th Street to Route 30 and improving the pedestrian ramp. Construction is slated to begin May 2019 and should be completed by Oct. 31, 2019.
Oak Lawn Water Rates/Infrastructure Improvements
The water system infrastructure improvements that Oak Lawn and its engineering firm have been designing are estimated to cost about $216 million and are scheduled to be completed in 2021. The new system will have dual, redundant feeds; more modern and efficient pump stations; and significantly larger capacity.
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.
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.
Project Update [Dec. 5, 2018]: This project has been put on hold until March 2019. The 175th Street and Ridgeland Avenue intersection is fully open.