November 9, 2017
As all of Tinley Park gears up for what is sure to be another memorable holiday season, I'd like to take a moment to talk about some exciting new plans the Village has for Downtown Tinley.
I'm sure by this point most of you have heard about Harmony Square, a new public space that will be programmed at least 250 days of the year and will be a destination for residents and regional visitors alike. We recently conducted an online survey to solicit feedback from residents and businesses on what they'd like to see in the new plaza, and we'll combine this input with the information we receive at an upcoming open house to create a public space that everyone will be proud of. Residents will be notified once a date, place and time is determined for the open house.
A Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district is required to make needed infrastructure improvements and incentivize developers in Downtown Tinley. The current TIF for that area, the Main Street South TIF, was created in 2003 to do just that, but unfortunately the Great Recession that began in 2008 and lasted for several years impeded development.
The Main Street South TIF is set to expire in 2026, meaning there isn't really enough time left on it to make something substantial happen. As a result, we're going to replace the old TIF with the New Bremen TIF district to give us a fresh page on which to work.
We've been meeting with the affected school districts to get their input, and as this process will take several months, there will be plenty of opportunities for us to solicit public input.
We'll also be giving a presentation at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20 in the Kallsen Center to talk about the new TIF, discuss what a TIF does and present the schedule for the new TIF. I hope everyone will come out and participate in this educational event.
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