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Former Mental Health Center Property

MHC PropertyAt approximately 280 acres, the property formerly occupied by the Tinley Park Mental Health Center (roughly bound by 183rd Street, Harlem Avenue, 175th Street and 80th Avenue), is the single-largest development opportunity in Tinley Park. The land is owned by the State of Illinois.

Below is a brief timeline of the property, starting with the most recent developments and progressing backward from there.

  • March 23, 2023: Village Attorney Michael Del Galdo sends a letter to the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) outlining the benefits of Tinley Park purchasing the 280-acre Tinley Park Mental Health Center property from the State of Illinois. Included with the letter is a new rendering of Tinley Park’s vision for the property; letters of support from local organizations; and the environmental status and opinion letter conducted by Tetra Tech that determined what measures are needed to remediate the site. See the entire packet here.
  • Jan. 13, 2023: Mayor Michael Glotz posts a Mayor's Corner message detailing why the Village of Tinley Park is best suited to purchase and develop the Tinley Park Mental Health Center property.
  • Late 2022: Another local taxing agency within the Village states its interest in the property.
  • Nov. 1, 2022: The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) issues its annual notice of State-owned surplus property, giving Illinois agencies the opportunity to state their interest in buying properties on the list. Soon after the list is issued, the Village of Tinley Park provides formal, written intent to purchase the property, as it has every year since 2012, when the TPMHC first appeared on the list.
  • Early 2022: Sen. Michael Hastings fails to introduce the required legislation to the Illinois General Assembly, effectively killing the sale and negating months of hard work and compromise by and between the Village of Tinley Park and the State of Illinois. Hastings’ inaction cost both the State and Village millions of dollars of potential revenue, as well as countless future construction and service industry jobs.
  • January 2022: After months of fruitful meetings, discussions and negotiations, the State/CMS agrees to sell the TPMHC property “as-is” to Tinley Park for $4.5 million. The deal would require approval by the State legislature and would need to be introduced as a bill by Sen. Michael Hastings. The bill also includes several options for revenue sharing with the State for a set amount of time depending on how the land develops. If the bill passes, the Village will have one year to finalize the purchase of the property. During this time, the Village would evaluate best possible uses for the land and search for/select a developer.
  • 2021-2022: Police see increasing calls to respond to and/or assist with many incidents at the property, mostly involving teenagers trespassing on the property and breaking windows. Remediation would remove the allure the property has for Tinley Park’s adventure-seeking youth and make the community at large much safer.
  • 2021-2022: Mayor Glotz sends numerous messages to Sen. Michael Hastings asking for his help and support with securing the sale/remediation of the TPMHC property. His requests are ignored.
  • Mid-Late 2021: Village Manager Pat Carr meets several times with Central Management Services (CMS) staff and corresponds via email to discuss the property and its potential sale/remediation.
  • May 20, 2021: The Village holds a press conference to address the poor condition of the TPMHC property and put pressure on the State to clean it and sell it to the Village for future development. The press conference is successful in starting a dialogue between the State of Illinois/Central Management Services and the Village of Tinley Park.
  • May 2021: Village releases a video of the condition of the Mental Health Center: Visit the Village's YouTube page to see additional footage.
  • May 2021:A water main beneath the property bursts, wasting 2.1 million gallons of water (equal to $17,000). The outfall of water from the break could potentially discharge water laced with asbestos and other hazardous materials into nearby wells, as well as into the Union Drainage Ditch structures, which heads south to Hickory Creek into the Des Plaines, Illinois and Mississippi rivers and into Gulf of Mexico. The Village demands that the State clean up the property for the health and safety of residents.
  • April 2021: Village staff identify several code violations on the property, including hazardous materials such as friable asbestos and black mold, remnants of a self-contained electrical grid, gas lines, rusting vehicles and equipment, collapsed structures, broken windows, graffitied walls, overgrown foliage and endless tunnels on and beneath the grounds of the site. The Village sends these violations to the State, which claims it’s exempt from Tinley Park codes. Village officials attempt to initiate contact with the State senator, sending more than a dozen emails and placing several phone calls. All have so far gone unanswered.
  • February 2021: Rep. Tim Ozinga introduces HB3011 which authorizes the Department of Central Management Services (CMS) to sell State property to the Village of Tinley Park at fair market value for economic development. The bill currently sits in committee. 
  • Spring 2020: The State passes a bill that allocates $15 million to clean up the site. Unfortunately, this money is nowhere to be found in the State’s 2022 budget. Village staff continue to reach out to representatives to determine what happened to the $15 million.
  • March 2020: Sen. Hastings and Gov. Pritzker issue joint press releases agreeing to move forward with the Tinley Park Mental Health Center property.
  • February 2020:  Village staffers meet with Congressman Bobby Rush resulting in the Congressman sending a letter to the USEPA to raise attention to the environmental concerns. Village also sends a letter to State representatives asking that the Tinley Park Mental Health Center property be remediated. This request has gone largely unanswered. 
  • November 2019: The Village sends a FOIA request seeking land appraisals after the State ended negotiations. The FOIA request is denied.
  • October 2019: After several months of negotiations, the State sends a letter to the Village stating it would “no longer negotiate land sale at this time.”
  • Mid-2019: An interested developer approaches the Village with a $450 million entertainment district idea, to include a racino. The Village continues talks with State, but the State now begins talking about a different price that could include long-term lease payments to the State.
  • May 2019: The Village has several meetings with the State about purchasing the property. The State agrees to sell the property for $4.5 million, but refuses to give an appraisal to validate this number.  The Village sends a letter agreeing to this price.
  • January 2019: The Village Board approves an Exclusive Negotiation Rights Agreement (ENRA) with Melody Square, LLC. SB Friedman, the Village’s retained consultant, recommends that the Village enter into the ENRA with Melody Square to advance the development and potential acquisition process for the TPMHC property for a period of six months.
  • July 2018: The Village issues a Request for Proposal (RFP) to three firms interested in developing the State Property. The three developers – Renaissance Downtowns Urban Holdings, Urban Street Group LLC and Melody Square – were among five firms that responded to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) the Village issued in January. Only firms that submitted the RFQ and met the qualifications were invited to submit a proposal.
  • April 2018: Village officials travel to Springfield to meet with the new CMS director, who commits to completing the third of three appraisals on the TPMHC property. So far, these appraisals have yet to materialize.
  • March 2018: Village officials meet with the IEPA to discuss funding options for environmental cleanup on the TPMHC site.
  • Early 2018: The Village issues an RFQ to the development community; this results in five proposals. The Village also hosts an online developer’s webinar on the TPMHC property covering the project’s goal, history, site details, ownership, incentives, schedule and a Q&A.
  • June 2017: Village officials meet with the CMS director to restart negotiations on the property. Because of the time period that passed, the State indicates that they are working on getting new appraisals. CMS also indicates that there were discussions with other State agencies about utilizing the property.
  • June 2016: The Village Board postpones future public meetings while it evaluates the feasibility of building a sports complex on the site.
  • Feb. to June, 2016: The Village hosts three open house events so the public can weigh in on a potential master plan for the TPMHC property.
  • July 21, 2015: The Village Board adopts 2015-O-028, which creates the Tinley Park Mental Health Center TIF District.
  • Spring 2015: The Village continues to discuss a purchase agreement with State, which wants to review all contracts and agreements. With a change in the Village Board, Village officials want more information on the project, including assurances of public input and possibility of reducing the price of the property.
  • December 2014: The Village conducts a TPMHC TIF study and asks for feedback from the local taxing bodies.
  • October 2014: The Village begins negotiating a purchase agreement with the State; the asking price is $4.165 million.
  • July 2014: Tetra Tech conducts a hazardous materials survey on the property.
  • 2014/2015: The Village hires Farr and Associates to create a “vision statement,” conduct land use and development analyses, and draft a master plan.
  • 2012: The State of Illinois closes the Tinley Park Mental Health Center.
  • 1990s/2000s: The Village expresses interest in purchasing the property several times.
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  • Representative Letter TPMHC ILEPA Report
    document date 02-04-2020
  • Letter of Intent - Heider Racing (7-31-19)
    document date 07-31-2019
  • Letter of Understanding with Central Management Services (7-31-19)
    document date 07-31-2019
  • Innovation Group Agreement (7-17-19)
    document date 07-17-2019
  • Tinley Park Access Agreement (7-16-19)
    document date 07-16-2019
  • CSG Preliminary Feasibility Study (7-12-19)
    document date 07-12-2019
  • CSG Socio-Economic Impact Analysis (7-12-19)
    document date 07-12-2019
  • Tinley Today (Jan. 25, 2019)
    document date 01-25-2019
  • Board approves TPMHC negotiation agreement (1-4-19)
    document date 01-04-2019
  • Exclusive Negotiation Rights Agreement (1-3-19)
    document date 01-03-2019
  • Renaissance Response
    document date 12-20-2018
  • Melody Square Response
    document date 12-20-2018
  • Urban Street Response
    document date 12-20-2018
  • Village issues TPMHC RFP to three developers (July 13, 2018)
    document date 07-13-2018
  • Former Mental Health Center Property PowerPoint [July 10, 2018]
    document date 07-11-2018
  • Former Mental Health Center Property RFP (July 10, 2018)
    document date 07-10-2018
  • Tinley Park ACM LBP Site Quantification Report POST QC (6-26-14)
    document date 02-22-2018
  • Mental Health Center Development - RFQ Responses to Questions
    document date 02-22-2018
  • Tinley Park's Development RFQ Webinar.mp4
    document date 02-12-2018
  • Frequently Asked Questions - Why Purchase the Tinley Park Mental Health Center
    document date 01-24-2018
  • TPMHC TIF District Frequently Asked Questions
    document date 01-24-2018
  • Board approves TPMHC negotiation agreement (Jan. 4, 2018)
    document date 01-04-2018
  • Village issues RFQ on State Property site (Dec. 15, 2017)
    document date 12-15-2017
  • Add services signed agreement with Farr & Associates (Feb. 19, 2016)
    document date 02-19-2016
  • Resident input sought on state property (Jan. 21, 2016)
    document date 01-21-2016
  • Mayor's Corner (Feb. 12, 2015)
    document date 02-12-2015
  • Tentative Schedule for the Establishment of TPHM TIF District
    document date 12-01-2014
  • Mayor's Corner (Nov. 20, 2014)
    document date 11-20-2014
  • TIF Registry - Interested Parties (Nov. 17, 2014)
    document date 11-17-2014
  • TPMHC Redevelopment Plan - Executive Summary (Nov. 2014)
    document date 11-01-2014
  • Public Notice for Mental Health Center TIF Public Registry
    document date 11-01-2014
  • TIF Interested Parties Registry - Organization
    document date 11-01-2014
  • TIF Interested Parties Registry - Individual
    document date 11-01-2014
  • Mayor's Corner (Oct. 30, 2014)
    document date 10-30-2014
  • TPMHC Map of TIF Options (Oct. 3, 2014)
    document date 10-03-2014
  • Tinley Park Phase II Report to Client (8-26-14)
    document date 08-26-2014
  • Tinley Park Wetland Reconnaissance (7-31-14)
    document date 07-31-2014
  • Hazardous Materials Survey (7-24-14)
    document date 07-24-2014
  • Remediation Cost Estimate
    document date 07-24-2014
  • Tinley Park Mental Health Center ESA Combined (July 2014)
    document date 07-01-2014
  • Ordinance Establishing a TIF Interested Parties Registry
    document date 10-22-2002