December 20, 2019
With less than a week to go before presents pile up under trees across Tinley Park, I want to wish you and your entire family the happiest of holidays.
Before the big day arrives, I’d like to share an update on the status of Harmony Square in Downtown Tinley. The public plaza is slated to have a concert stage, ice rink, splash pad and activities year-round and will be a gathering place for residents and visitors alike.
The Village Board voted at its Dec. 17 meeting on two ordinances that approved condemnation of two properties (at 6724 and 6712 North Street) related to construction of Harmony Square. These two properties are needed for the Village to complete land acquisition for the plaza, which will be located on North Street.
Until a few weeks ago, the Village was negotiating with Holladay Properties to acquire these properties through a land swap deal. Holladay was looking to build a 158-unit, mixed-use apartment development adjacent to the Harmony Square site, but recently decided to delay the project (as well as the land swap).
The Village is confident the land is an ideal location for development and has offered to buy the property from the current land owner, but discussions with him indicate his asking price and the Village’s offering price are far apart. The Village is still hopeful that we can reach a deal.
Condemnation is a legal process whereby a municipality can acquire property for a public purpose when negotiations with a property owner have been unsuccessful. This tool has been used by the Village from time to time as a means to acquire property needed for public projects. The Dec. 17 ordinances authorized the Village attorney to file a condemnation suit to acquire the property.
The timeframe is uncertain, as an agreement could be reached with the property owner during the process. However, in a worst-case scenario, the whole process could take close to two years. Obviously, the Village hopes the agreement will arrive sooner rather than later so plaza construction can move forward.
I will be certain to keep you apprised as we move forward through this process. Again, I wish each of you a happy holiday and a prosperous new year.
'For the Record' archive
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- 'For the Record' (June 2, 2016)
- 'For the Record' (Oct. 20, 2016)
- 'For the Record' (Nov. 3, 2016)
- 'For the Record' (Jan. 26, 2017)
- 'For the Record' (March 2, 2017)
- 'For the Record' (Nov. 9, 2017)
- 'For the Record' (May 24, 2018)
- 'For the Record' (Oct. 26, 2018)
- 'For the Record' (June 6, 2019)
- 'For the Record' (Dec. 5, 2019)