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 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 workshop before the Plan Commission is scheduled for Aug. 16, 2018; a public hearing is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 6, 2018. The project is proposed as a two-phase project with 31,700 square feet of commercial space and 165 residential units. The structure is a four-story structure with surface parking for residents at the rear of the property.
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 is under staff review and has been tentatively scheduled for a workshop in September 2018. The project includes various streetscape improvements and is contingent on obtaining a small triangle portion of the Village’s right-of-way on South Street.
New Wine Bar Concept – SIP
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 workshop was held at the Aug. 2, 2018 Plan Commission meeting, and a public hearing is scheduled for Aug. 16, 2018. The proposal includes an addition to the existing structure to the south of the property, with a second-floor residential unit. The proposed architecture for the addition reflects the original architecture of the structure.
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. All qualified firms were offered interviews. The three firms that interviewed have now been asked to submit a more detailed proposal through an RFP process. Proposals are due Oct. 1.
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 [Aug. 21, 2018]: Water meter replacement is 97% 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.
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.
Municipal Parking Lot Improvements
The Village has hired D Construction to perform various municipal parking lot improvements at the Oak Park Avenue and 80th Avenue train stations, as well as at the Public Safety Building and Village Hall. Next week, work will include grinding, paving and striping on the west half of the south lot at the Oak Park Avenue station and the south half of the lot at the Public Safety Building. During the week of Sept. 24, work will include grinding, paving and striping on the east half of the south lot at the Oak Park Avenue station and the north half of the lot at the Public Safety Building. Patching will be performed at the Village Hall lot on Sept. 29. Grinding, paving and striping will be done on the north lot at the 80th Avenue train station the first week in October. The Kiss 'n' Ride on the south side of the Oak Park Avenue station will be closed next week as part of the project. Work is slated to be complete by the second week of October, weather permitting.
183rd Street Resurfacing
The Village has contracted with Iroquois Paving Corporation to perform pavement repair and rehabilitation of 183rd Street between Harlem and Oak Park avenues. Construction is expected to start the week of Sept. 3 and will last for about four weeks, weather permitting. All work will be contained within the roadway right of way. Residents and businesses can expect various inconveniences and delays associated with construction and the traffic control necessary for the work. There will always be one lane open in each direction, and traffic will be required to adhere to construction zone speed limits. Access to business driveways and/or side streets will be maintained at all times, unless there is work being done directly at that location. Construction will consist of a concrete patching curb and gutter removal and replacement as necessary, complete grinding of the roadway, resurfacing of the roadway, placement of aggregate shoulder as necessary, restriping and restoration.
Project Update [Sept. 17, 2018]: All structure adjustments have been completed, except for one that needs a special lid. All concrete has been pulled and removed. The concrete subcontractor will be out Sept. 17 to frame for replacement curb and sidewalk, and pouring will take place Sept. 18.
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.
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 [Sept. 17, 2018]: Rula's Enterprises saw-cut the curb and gutter for removal last week and are scheduled to remove and replace the curb and gutter this week. The project is 17% complete.
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.
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 [July 30, 2018]: The second phase of stair replacement is completed with concrete. Areas will remain closed until fabrication and installation of handrails and adjacent pavers have been completed. This portion of the project is anticipated to last two to three weeks and is weather-dependent.
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. Project Update [Aug. 21, 2018]: The roadway resurfacing is complete, and lawn restorations will be performed in September.
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.
Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing
Several sanitary sewers in Tinley Park will be tested for leaks next week 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.
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.
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 [July 10, 2018]: The permit approval has been secured from the Army Corps of Engineers.
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.
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.
80th Avenue Construction
Will County has hired D Construction to perform work on 80th Avenue south of 183rd Street to the north side of the ramp over I-80. Work will include pavement mill and overlay, paving and restriping from the location where the PCC (concrete) pavement changes to HMA (asphalt). The project is approximately 2,400 feet (0.45 mi) long. This section of 80th Avenue is under Will County jurisdiction.
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.