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 [November 2019]: The Village will begin infrastructure work on North Street consisting of directional boring and duct installation for new electrical power lines. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 to Friday, Nov. 22. Various parking spots in the north lot of the Oak Park Avenue train station will be closed off due to installation.
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.
Project Update [July 2019]: 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.
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.
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 [August 2019]: 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.
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 [October 2019]: Construction of the block walls around the apparatus floor is in process. The stud walls around the living quarters have been erected. The roof trusses are scheduled to be installed during the week of Oct. 7.
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.
Project Update [November 2019]: The Village completed Phase One and Two in 2017 and 2018, which included approximately 887 street lights. John Burns Construction of Orland Park is working on Phase Three, which is located between 167th to 175th streets and LaGrange to Harlem avenues. These areas include approximately 400 street lights. Phase Three started on Oct. 28 and is expected to be completed on Nov. 27.
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 [July 2019]: The Magnuson has plans under review for a foundation-only permit.
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 [October 2019]: Water meter installations are 99% complete. Letters have been sent to all non-compliant residents, with many of them responding and scheduling appointments to have their meters changed to avoid additional fees.
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.
Walking Path Resurfacing/Restriping
The Village has contracted with McGill Construction to resurface and restripe the walking path from 163rd to 179th streets between 80th and 84th avenues. Work will begin on Oct. 28. Please take caution during resurfacing, as while wet, the materials used will adhere permanently to shoes, paws and other items.
Pavement Management Project
The 2019 Pavement Management Program will resurface or repair 10.6 miles of roadway in the Village. See a map detailing which streets will be resurfaced or patched for exact locations. More information is available on the Public Works page.
Project Update [October 2019]: Gallagher Asphalt has completed all streets except for Cambridge Place, Drummond Drive, Windsor Parkway and 68th Court. Work on these streets will begin the week of Oct. 7 or Oct. 14, along with punchlist work on other streets that have been completed.
Municipal Parking Lot Improvements
The Village will perform improvements to municipal parking lots at the 80th Avenue Metra train station (north of the tracks, west half and north of Timber Drive, east half) as well as the south lot at Village Hall, the helicopter landing pad at the Fire Training Tower, and the North Street lot at the Oak Park Avenue Metra station.
Project Update [October 2019]: This project has been completed, except for restoration behind the curbs, along the sidewalks and punch list items.
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. PT Ferro completed excavation for the multi-use path on 183rd Street 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.
Project Update [October 2019]: The 183rd Street portion of the project was completed in the spring of 2019. The second phase of the project began on Oct. 17 and is on Oak Park Avenue from 183rd Street south to West Point Drive.
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. There will also be a 10-foot wide multi-use path added on the east side of Oak Park Avenue between 163rd Street and 165th Street.
Project Update [July 26, 2019]: The contractor has placed sod in the parkways, and the subcontractors have been watering the sod. All pavement striping has been completed. New tree locations have been identified.
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 [October 2019]: Final landscape and hardscape will be completed after the handrails are replaced. This project is expected to be completed in the spring of 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 [October 2019]: See the project update notice for more information.
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 [October 2019]: Austin Tyler has finished layering the new water main at all three locations. 174th Street has passed the pressure test and is waiting for sample results from the chlorination. Water services are scheduled to be switched to the new main on Sept. 30. 70th Avenue also has passed the pressure test, and chlorination is scheduled for the week of Sept. 30. The pressure test is scheduled for the week of Sept. 30 at 76th Avenue. Site restoration, including concrete, asphalt and lawn repairs, has a tentative start date of Oct. 21. All three locations will have the roads resurfaced from curb to curb, including any intersection returns impacted by the project.
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 [October 2019]: The contractor has begun removal of the concrete edging along the shoreline and site prep on the slopes. The contractor plans on installing native seed and erosion control blanket by mid-October.
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 [October 2019]: Site preparation work is ongoing in anticipation of a prescribed burn this fall, followed by the installation of native seed and plants.
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 2018 and will resume spring 2019.
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 [October 2019]: Repairs to the MWRD junction chamber are moving along. Airy’s has completed rebuilding the bottom tiers of the chamber and are waiting on the precast barrel section to be delivered. The target date for the street to be reopened is still Nov. 1. Scheduling conflicts between the junction chamber and the sanitary sewer lining project have caused a delay with the lining start date, but it should be ready to begin the first week in October. Insituform started cleaning and televising the sewers for the lining project on Ridgeland Avenue on Sept. 30, and started on 167th Street and will be moving toward 175th Street and Ridgeland Avenue See the project update notice for more information.
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.
Update [August 2019]: The contractor is replacing the concrete curb and sidewalks along the south side of 159th Street at the western limits of the project. 159th Street is being reduced to one lane of traffic starting at 94th Avenue in Orland Park and will go to Ridgeland Avenue in Oak Forest. Once eastbound is complete, the contractor will begin the same operation going westbound. Motorists are encouraged to pay close attention to flaggers and workers in the work zone. Motorists are also encouraged to watch for trucks entering and leaving the work zone, and should be prepared to stop. Work from 94th Avenue in Orland Park, Orland Hills and Tinley Park is expected to be completed in October 2019. Work will resume from Ridgeland Avenue to Pulaski/Crawford Avenue beginning in April 2020, weather permitting.
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 [November 2019]: D Construction is resuming paving on Harlem Avenue after receiving the necessary materials to continue. Work should be completed the week of Nov. 18.
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.
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 [October 2019]: Sewer lining and interceptor repair at 175th Street and Ridgeland Avenue has been completed. Other than patching and landscape repairs in the parkway, the project is completed and the roadway has been reopened to traffic in all directions.
Nicor Gas Main Replacement
Nicor Gas will be replacing an aged gas main in the downtown area. Please contact Nicor Gas at (888) 642-6748 for more information.