Sound Off: Should a Bank Be a Development Killer?

Several aldermen have sent clear messages that more banks in Palos Heights are not welcome.

It went as fast as it came. 

The proposed Palos Town Square development was tossed out last month by the in a narrow 4-3 vote. The development's preliminary plan sailed through three previous votes before the ultimate death blow.

The primary issue was the developer's plan to place a bank on the corner of Harlem Avenue and Route 83.

"[Residents] don’t want to see another bank in town," Ald. Dolores Kramarski said at the time. "I don’t think something is better than nothing."

Ald. Jack Clifford expressed dismay that the plan would be struck down at a preliminary stage, before the developer even had a chance to make changes.

"They didn't even give [the developer] a chance," he said. 

The aldermen have had their say, now we want you to have yours.

Should additional banks in Palos Heights be a complete non-starter for any development in Palos Heights?

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To get a better sense of the issue, read through all Patch's previous coverage. 

mom August 09, 2012 at 11:36 AM
No moe banks in Palos Heights. Lets get something going here. That corner could be great!! No apt rentals, no banks, no sr living, no condos, All retail and some popular franchise restaurants. It would be nice to see some privately owned shops too. If I hear once more that the deomgraphics in palos heights don't fit into what franchise restaurants are looking for, then make it right. We the people of Palos heights deserve something great for the taxes we are paying. Harlem ave retail buildings look terrible and until the landlords agree to get together and have things more professional and uniform you are going to see the businessess on harlem disapear. UGLY UGLY UGLY along harlem. The city should enforce some kind of rules of uniformity. The PO strip mall looks terrible and across the street looks terrible. And how come the LUMES in Orland is so nice looking and new and the one out lhere on Harlem ooms looks like an after thought. These landlords need to make things nicer out here. I dont do any shopping in palos heights, only paharmacy. I think that is a shame. I shoudl be able to shop and get good values in my town. Please keep trying to improve. Make the landlords be accountable and pass some codes for these outdated, ugly, uninviting buildings along Harlem.
Kathy Lachowicz August 09, 2012 at 12:35 PM
We deserve a destination location, not just "something". There are so many options out there to be pursued by the development employee we are paying a great salary to. Step it up, be creative, You have asked in the past and the suggestions are out there, go get them, change the standard type store but don't compromise the residents. NO MORE BANKS, the ones we have are not full and standard banking is going a different direction.
South side Native August 09, 2012 at 02:19 PM
And don't you wonder why the Regional writing an editorial supporting "something" when they have to walk out their door onto the Harlem Ave blight and they have to look out their window at the Harlem Ave blight across the street every day.
South side Native August 09, 2012 at 02:21 PM
My kids bank on their cell phones...they never enter a building to bank
South side Native August 09, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Please repost this article on FB and send it out in an email...I missed the original post.
Melinda Moore August 09, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Southside: Click on one of the stories with links at the bottom of this newest article to see previous articles.


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