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 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 [May 2022]: Financing has been secured and construction has commenced. The beer garden will remain reopen during construction at the end of May.
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 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.
Project Update [April 2021]: The Village is in the process of acquiring the final parcel of property required to proceed with construction. Court proceedings have been delayed due to COVID-19.
See below for more information on Village-wide projects occurring in the Village of Tinley Park.
17120-26 S. Harlem Avenue
Project Update [June 20, 2022]: The building roof membrane is being installed and site grading is being prepared to get a binder course to be installed. The Harlem Avenue curbs are being replaced for future curb cuts. The Starbucks tenant building-out permit is being issued so work can progressively continue within the site and underground can be achieved while the base building interior plumbing is being installed.
The new owner has completed the demolition of the former Brown’s Chicken building to construct a new Smoothie King. The site will have dual drive-thru lanes with one-way circulation around the site. Overall landscaping and signage improvements are proposed, which are expected to upgrade the entrance into the Village. This property is within the Village’s 159th Street and Harlem Avenue TIF District.
Oak Ridge will be a new residential subdivision constructed by DR Horton near Ridgeland and Oak Forest avenues at the former Panduit Headquarters property. DR Horton is the nation’s largest homebuilder by volume, with extensive development experience nationally and within the Chicago area market. The project will consist of 81 new detached single-family homes and 162 townhome units. The project will include the development of a three-acre public park in the center and includes sidewalks, walkways and additional open space. The subdivision includes proximity to Downtown Tinley shops/restaurants, the Metra station, Freedom Pond Park, Cook County Forest Preserve trails and Tinley Park High School. The walkable location makes it an attractive location to many future residents. Single-family homes include an all-brick, first-floor exterior in various ranch and two-story model designs. Townhomes will have two and three bedrooms with an attached garage. The project has requested rezoning and a preliminary Planned Unit Development (PUD) approval, and it is anticipated to get final design approval in spring 2022. Site work, utilities and model construction will begin soon after final approval is received.
Brixmor is redeveloping the Tinley Park Plaza shopping center on the east side of Harlem Avenue, just south of 159th Street. Brixmor’s phased renovation plan will cost about $22 million and includes demolition of approximately 87,000 square feet of the in-line center and construction of new retail spaces to accommodate the retailers under contract, as well as others yet to be determined. Future renovations will include the creation of new tenant spaces, improvements to the north end of the in-line center, and separating the current in-line center into two buildings for better access to loading docks and service entrances essential for deliveries. The Village will offer financial assistance in an amount not to exceed $9.9 million, or 50% of the actual project costs, whichever is lower. This financial assistance will come from a combination of TIF incremental revenues from the shopping center properties alone, and incremental municipal sales taxes (1%) from all the businesses located in the shopping center over a 10-year period. A maximum of $8.1 million of TIF-eligible costs are to be paid from the TIF increment generated, with the remainder (as much as $1.8 million) to be paid from incremental sales taxes.
Project Update [June 2022]: Developer is working with staff on submitting plans for phase 2. Amazon Fresh is anticipated to open in late fall.
Pete's Fresh Market
Phase 1 was approved in September of 2020 and included the granting of a Special Use for the warehouse in the former K-Mart building. The approvals were conditioned upon occupancy of the grocery store by September 1, 2022. Phase 3 will involve the subdivision of property along Harlem Avenue for outlots. Phase 2 includes the construction of an 88,608-square-foot Pete’s Fresh Market store; 51,831 square feet of in-line retail tenant space north of the grocery store; a 12,400-square-foot expansion of the warehouse; an expansion of the existing dock on the south side of the warehouse building; and the addition of a new dock area south of the warehouse addition.
Project Update [June 2022]: The east and south addition of the warehouse has new foundation poured per approved plans. Six new loading dock entries and levelers are slated to be installed on the south elevation. The proposed design will conceal these dock levelers behind a covered roof and horizontal extension of a matching concrete masonry unit wall.
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.
Update: See a timeline of recent events on the Former Mental Health Center Property page.
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. Update: This project has been deferred until 2023.
Harlem/Vollmer Business Park
The development at Harlem Avenue and Vollmer Road is proposed on 110.94 acres, with approximately 1,262,000 square feet of floor space over three industrial buildings. The development may be completed in as many as three phases. The proposed development is expected to bring additional jobs to the area and property tax revenue to the various taxing districts. Learn more on the Harlem/Vollmer project page.
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.
Project Update [June 2022]: The Village Board on February 1, 2022 adopted ordinance No.2022-O-006 which amended the original PUD for the project known as the Residences at Brookside Glen. A condition of the approval required the developer to submit for a building permit three months after Village Board approval, which was May 1, 2022. The developer submitted its plans on April 29, 2022. The Village completed its review of the plans on May 18, with comments to be addressed. The Village is waiting for the developer to resubmit those plans. Once permits are approved, the developer will need to follow its construction schedule, which is estimated to be 24 to 36 months. The construction of the clubhouse and amenities are to be completed prior to or simultaneously with the first residential building.
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.
Project Update [December 2021]: Water meter installations are 99.9% complete. The Village has sent letters to all non-compliant residents, with some of them responding and scheduling appointments to have meters changed and avoid additional fees. The Village has 20 meters in the "less than one inch" size to replace.
Loyola Medicine Southwest Ambulatory Care Center
The Loyola Medicine Southwest Ambulatory Care Center is to be developed into a two-story, 72,000-square-foot medical center on a 25.75-acre lot at the southeast corner of LaGrange Road and 179th Street. The medical clinic will be entirely outpatient. Services include an ambulatory medical clinic for primary care, a range of medical specialties and a cancer care center. This proposed project is expected to begin site and foundation work this fall/winter and be operational in 2023. It is anticipated to bring additional jobs to the area and provide needed medical services to 1,500 patients a week.
Project Update [June 2022]: Permits for foundation and core and shell have been issued. The building footing and foundation wall are being poured on the south end of the building and progressing northbound. At present, 35% of the foundation footings and piers have been poured. In the next three weeks progress will be starting upward on concrete columns and then progressing to second floor cast in place concrete slabs. Precast and masonry is schedule for beginning of September.
SD Hospitality LLC is building a new Holiday Inn hotel at 18320 North Creek Drive. The hotel will be 63,471 square feet and four stories tall on a 2.47-acre lot in the North Creek Business Park. The full-service hotel will have 108 rooms, an indoor pool, a fitness room, meeting rooms, an outdoor patio, a dining area and a hotel lounge with a bar.
Project Update [December 2021]: The project is under construction.
See below for more information on infrastructure projects occurring in the Village of Tinley Park.
Street Resurfacing Program
The annual resurfacing project includes asphalt resurfacing; removal and replacement of selected areas of concrete sidewalk; curb and gutter removal and replacement; pavement striping; and other miscellaneous items. More information is available on the Public Works page.
Project Update [June 2022]: Work is under way for the Village's annual Street Resurfacing Program. For scheduling information and project updates, please see the 2022 Resurfacing Program Update.
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.
Project Update [May 2022]: The Village and the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways are still in negotiations on the IGA and Phase III construction oversight of this project. CCDOTH is requesting additional funds from the Village; however, the Village is requesting further justification for this request. The plans have been completed by REL.
Infrastructure Improvement Projects
See below for more information on water and sewer projects occurring in the Village of Tinley Park.
84th Avenue/179th Street Bike Path Extension
The Village will be extending the bike path between the 183rd Street trail and the 179th Street trail. The estimated construction cost is $210,000. The Village would pay 20% (or $42,000), with the remaining 80% (or $168,000) paid through federal funds. The construction engineering is also grant eligible at 80/20; the Village’s share would be $6,200, and the federal share would be $24,800. The Village will host a public hearing on this project if sufficient resident interest is demonstrated. See the Public Hearing Offer Notice for more information.
LaGrange Road Sewer and Watermain Extension
This project includes the construction of a wastewater lift station, 300 feet of forcemain, 3,100 feet of sanitary sewer and 3,400 feet of watermain along the south side of 179th Street, down the Old LaGrange Road right of way, crossing 183rd Street and connecting to the existing watermain on the west side of White Eagle Drive. The watermain will extend across 179th Street and connect to the existing LaGrange water main.
Project Update [May 2022]: The Village has completed the directional bore of watermain casing under 179th Street. Spiess Construction has completed the sanitary sewer installation along the south side of 179th Street from Chopin Drive to within 50 feet of the final manhole along 179th Street. The contractor will relocate the silt fence back to its original location that was installed along the south side of 179th Street as part of the site development project, which was moved to allow installation of the sanitary sewer for this project.
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). The Village begins annual hydrant flushing in mid-September after water restrictions are lifted. Flushing continues until the weather drops below 32 degrees. Flushing restarts in early spring once temperatures allow.
Project Update [May 2022]: Hydrant flushing has been completed for this season and is anticipated to start back up in the fall of 2022.
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.
Project Update [May 2022]: Hydrant painting will begin as weather allows and is anticipated to start late spring 2022..
Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing
The Village's smoke testing project consists of inspecting sanitary sewer manholes and smoke testing the sewer pipes between manholes. The smoke is non-toxic and should not enter homes unless there is an issue with your private sewer service. There is no need for the contractors performing the work to enter homes. See the project area map or a list of frequently asked questions for more information. Other questions can be directed to Public Works at (708) 444-5500.
Project Update [May 2022]: New areas will be smoke-tested in the summer of 2022. Repairs are under way from previous sections inspected.
Sanitary Sewer Lining
The Village has contracted with Benchmark Construction to perform sanitary sewer lining starting near 167th Street and Parliament Avenue, running through McCarthy Park and ending near 170th Street and 80th Avenue. The project will involve cleaning, televising and curing-in-place pipe (CIPP) lining the 18-inch sanitary sewer in the area, and epoxy coating five sanitary sewer manholes. There will be little to no impact on traffic in the area. Work is being done to reduce inflow and infiltration of groundwater into the sanitary sewer system.
McCarthy Park Sanitary Sewer Lining
All sanitary sewer pipe has been cleaned, televised, lined and televised after the liner was installed. Tuckpointing and epoxy coating of the manholes is under way. Estimated completion of manhole lining is May 6, 2022.
174th Street Watermain Replacement
The Village will replace the existing undersized watermain on 174th Street from Boulevard to 66th Court. The Village also will replace the watermain on 66th Court from 174th Street to South Street, and the watermain on 173rd Place. Street lighting also will be updated with new light poles and cables.
Project Update [May 2022]: This project went out to bid on April 27, 2022. Bids will be opened on May 11, 2022, and intend to be awarded on May 17, 2022.
Ironwood Drive Watermain Replacement
The Village will replace 1,400 feet of watermain on Ironwood Drive from Tanbark to Woodlawn drives.
Project Update [May 2022]: This project is out to bid. The bid opening will be on May 6, 2022 and is scheduled to be awarded on May 17, 2022.
Dorothy Lane Watermain Replacement
The Village will replace 1,100 feet of watermain on Dorothy Lane from Oketo Avenue to 169th Street, 169th Street from Dorothy Lane to Odell Avenue, and on Odell Avenue from 169th to 170 Streets.
Project Update [May 2022]: This project is out to bid, with a bid opening scheduled for May 6, 2022. The anticipated award date is May 17, 2022.
The below projects are not being conducted by the Village of Tinley Park but are included here as a reference for residents.
175th St./Ridgeland Ave./Oak Forest Ave. Reconstruction Project
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.
Project Update [May 2022]: The Village and the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways are still in negotiations on the intergovernmental agreement and Phase III construction oversight of this project. Cook County is awaiting two easements that are currently being processed in court proceedings. Once these are completed, the intergovernmental agreement will be proposed to the Village Board. The plans have been completed by REL.
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. Part of this project includes construction of a 190-foot-long bridge over Union Drainage Ditch. The bridge will include two 12-foot lanes in each direction and a 15-foot multiuse path.
Project Update [May 2022]: The pre-con meeting was held on March 29, 2022. The Village is awaiting pre-con minutes to reach out and schedule a meeting with the project manager to discuss improvements funded by Village funds to confirm everything is as agreed to with WCDOT and CCDOT.
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.
Nicor Gas System Modernization
Nicor Gas and its contractor (NPL) will be modernizing the gas systems in Tinley Park. Read the project newsletter for more information, including project-specific contact information, descriptions of the major steps involved in the project, and what to expect if your property will be directly involved. For other information, visit Nicor's website, call (630) 388-3333 or send an email to G2investinginillinois@southernco.com.
I-80/Ridgeland Avenue Bridge
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has hired Era-Valdivia Contractors to clean and paint the bridge at Interstate 80 and Ridgeland Avenue. The project has a 60 working-day limit and doesn’t include removal of any bridge components. Lanes will only be closed when the contractor is on-site working, and signs will be placed in advance to notify drivers.
Interstate 80 Bridge Work
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is undertaking a $48 million project to replace the eastbound Interstate 80 bridges over Hickory Creek, Richards Street, Rowell Avenue/Canadian National Railroad and westbound over Richards Street, in Joliet, Rockdale and New Lenox. The project is part of advance work leading to the $1.2 billion reconstruction of I-80 through Will County as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program. Read the IDOT news release for more information.