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Heights Planning and Zoning Committee to Consider Palos Town Square Development

The planned retail development would sit on the corner of College Drive and Harlem Avenue and is made up of five mixed-use buildings.

The proposed Palos Town Square retail development will get another look Tuesday night as members of the Planning and Zoning Committee are scheduled to discuss the matter at their monthly meeting. 

The retail development was given preliminary approval from the Planning Unit Development Commission in a 7-1 vote on June 11. The four alderman who sit on the Planning and Zoning Committee also sit on the PUD Commission. 

Ald. Alan Fulkerson was the lone dissenting vote. At the time he characterized the proposal as not "forward thinking enough."

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The preliminary plan calls for 90 percent of the space to be classified as retail. The tenants would likely be national outfits, said developer Tad Lagestee. 

A sit-down casual restaurant, bank and auto repair center were floated as possible tenants, although no exact companies were named.

"We are doing something that's simple, that's functional and that works," Lagestee said earlier this month. "It is not too complex, or too dense with too many parking requirements or hoops to jump through." 

At Tuesday's meeting aldermen Jack Clifford, Alan Fulkerson, Jeff Key and Michael McGrogan will discuss the plan in more depth. 

Aesthetic issues, the use of TIF funds, considerations for the soon to be built Cal-Sag Trail and tenant types are all issues that have to be clarified.

The meeting is open to the public and will take place on Tuesday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at Palos Heights City Hall. PDF copies of the agenda and site plan are attached to this article. 

The plan is still required to go before the entire council.  

John June 26, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I think this about sums it up: Ald. Alan Fulkerson was the lone dissenting vote. At the time he characterized the proposal as not "forward thinking enough." Anyone going tonight?
Dan Lambert (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I'll be there tonight. If anyone comes make sure you say hello.
Jon Georgis June 26, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Is Palos even a viable outlet for national retail stores? Other than a few noted exceptions, (i.e. banks), businesses seem to have a relatively short life expectancy. Am I missing something or would this facility be another model of vacancy that Harlem Avenue has suffered over the years.
Dan Lambert (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 06:29 PM
The proposed buildings are much smaller than big box stores. The developer has described the types of stores as ones that would draw local customers and would not be reliant on destination shoppers from other towns.
Jon Georgis June 26, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Just wondering out loud if time would be better spent on redeveloping what already exists. I like it here and would like to see it do better.
Chronicles of Bob June 26, 2012 at 07:20 PM
If you believe something to be true then it will always be true. Anything can be successful in this town if its the right idea and the right approach. This town is embedded and surrounded with enough history and money to make a good time business successful. If you are relying on what has failed to now be successful because it has a tree next to it and a pretty brick wall you are crazy. The notion that a business that relies on destination customers cant survive here is thinking like a failure. Most of us in this town would travel many miles and spend good money for quality. food, products and entertainment. Make a business that people have a reason to travel to and they will, just as we travel to childrens museums, movies, and such. Create another florist or knickknack shop and it will struggle.
Thomas Cleary June 26, 2012 at 07:25 PM
This is a real opportunity for Palos Heights to upgrade the community and add to the many reasons it's a great place to live. It would be nice to have something that makes good use of the river view. A mixed use of boutique shops and restaurants to draw people from local and surrounding areas. Maybe even residents on the upper levels. Think downtown Tinley or LaGrange.
John June 26, 2012 at 09:36 PM
C of B speaks the truth. Don't build just to build. Find a good business with a unique or desireable product or service and then build them what they want to get them to invest in our community. I would like the area to blend in with area, like a riverwalk. Do something different.
BEATING JJN AT NFL PICKS June 26, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I too think COB has a great point. What about a restaurant with a roof top that overlooks the water? There is nothing around that has that type of atmosphere. A restaurant/bar with a 3 lane bowling alley, digital golf, movie theatre and/or indoor batting cages? People are tired of simple! We all have our banks and auto repair places determined already!!! Where I'm going this evening or this weekend with my friends/family is still up in the air! Most would agree we have a great city, but it needs something. This is the last available lot of this size and it's an entrance to our city. We need to get this right and say NO to "simple"!!!
South side Native June 26, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Baumann Bakery is closing Saturday....another empty storefront
South side Native June 26, 2012 at 10:32 PM
The baseball fields are jam packed with young families....the city would benefit from a cultural destination spot for young and old.
Dan Lambert (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Thanks for all the great comments.
Chronicles of Bob June 26, 2012 at 11:03 PM
I reconcur.... (is that even a word).... i agree, goto the ball fields and you see so many young families these days its crazy and growing. This anti everything talk like against the new library or we cant support great ideas has to stop. By now we would have a new rec center new pool and even nore young families eager to move here and spend money here if we weren't so hell bent against change.
BEATING JJN AT NFL PICKS June 26, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Says who? Is this true?
Dan Lambert (Editor) June 27, 2012 at 01:58 AM
It is true. The story will be up tomorrow morning.
Chronicles of Bob June 27, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Dang, Baumans, Ben Franklin, Blockbuster (Formerly Royal Blue)... That used to be a great Tri-fecta... Damn republicans... Lol
South side Native June 27, 2012 at 03:39 AM
The meeting tonite was a joke....only two members of the committee were there. The developer has been working on this project for 45 days. He has no committments to fill the spaces,but he still added another building to the project. The mtg lasted 20 minutes and one committee member of the two present asked NO questions! And if I heard it correctly this will come up to the full council on July 2.

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