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Oak Lawn Will Welcome First New Store at 111th and Cicero

There was no shortage of good news shared at the Tuesday Oak Lawn Village Board meeting.

Cook County Board Commissioner John Daley (11th) made a second surprise visit to the Village with the news that the Cook County board of Commissioners has elected to pay 100 percent of the cost for the Southwest Highway and Central Avenue signalization project. The previous agreement was for a 50/50 split between the Village and Cook County for the project. {{more}}

Daley said, ÒWe know this project has always been a concern of yours and so this is what (Cook County Board) President Preckwinkle and the entire Board would like to do. To provide this for you and work with you.” There was applause for Daley at the end of the announcement.

Cook County Superintendent of Highways John Yonan then followed up with offering support for any upcoming issues.

Yonan said, ÒThis is real money in this project. The money comes from the Illinois Department of Transportation, so it’s just a matter of when right of way is completed.”

Yonan said construction may be able to start by the end of 2014 or early 2015.

Daley thanked everyone on the Board for their ongoing cooperation before leaving, and he received more applause.

More good news came in an announcement from Mayor Dave Heilmann. That news was the confirmation of the first tenant at the 111th Street and Cicero Avenue project.

The Phase One anchor store at the site will be Mariano’s Fresh Market. It will be a 70,000 square-foot facility on the north end of the site facing 111th Street.

Milwaukee-based full service grocer and pharmacy. The first Mariano’s opened in 2010. The chain is owned by Bob Mariano, who was recently profiled in the Chicago Tribune.

ÒThis is a terrific addition to the Village of Oak Lawn,” said Heilmann. ÒThis is something that fills a need in Oak Lawn, brings in literally hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues, and very significantly, hundreds of jobs.”

He believes that a store like Mariano’s will be beneficial in drawing other quality tenants to the site because of the volume of customers visiting Mariano’s.

Other Mariano’s locations are in Vernon Hills and Arlington Heights. Heilmann described these markets as having an Italian coffee shop, a sushi bar, an on-site chef, wine and cheese shop and a full service pharmacy.

When you enter the store, Heilmann said, there is a piano playing and people having a glass of wine.

ÒYou can have food cooked for you to bring home,” he said. ÒThere is a salad bar and food bar for sandwiches.”

Many requests from residents were received by all trustees for a Trader Joe’s or that type of shop. Mariano’s is described as being like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods in the type of services provided with the addition of a full service pharmacy.

According to Village Manager Larry Deetjen, when Trader Joe’s was approached about coming to Oak Lawn, they declined the invitation to put a store

at the site.

In other community development news, the CEO for Laredo Hospitality, Gary Leff, spoke in support of the liquor license and gaming request for Stella’s.

This is a proposed restaurant/bar/gaming establishment at 8759 S. Ridgeland Ave.

Questions were raised at the Feb. 5 board meeting about the increasing number of establishments requesting liquor and gaming licenses in Oak Lawn.

When Leff was asked by Trustee Alex Olejniczak (2nd) whether Stella’s could stand alone as a restaurant without gaming, Leff initially said Òno,” but then offered that he would be willing to work with the board to make adjustments in the proposed plan.

Much discussion continued between Olejniczak, Trustees Thomas Duhig (4th) and Thomas Phelan (6th) with concerns about increasing gaming licenses in Oak Lawn.

The request for a beer and wine only restaurant and an ordinance to increase the number of Class ÒF” liquor licenses in the village was approved, with Heilmann breaking a tie vote on the issue.

Heilmann then clarified the issue of gaming, saying that the Board will meet independently to discuss gaming and if they as a Board ban video gaming licenses, then the gaming licenses can be revoked.

In the trustees reports, Cynthia Trautsch (1st) announced that the fish fry to be held at St. Louis de Montfort Church, 8840 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Lawn, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today (Friday, March 1). Also, the Knights of Columbus fish bake will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 8 at the Oak Lawn Community Church, 9000 S. Ridgeland Ave.

Olejniczak spoke of the need to put cameras in all schools in Oak Lawn and to link with a national database. Phelan agreed with the proposal.

Trustee Robert Streit (3rd) discussed the linked bike trail proposal from Oak Lawn’s bike trail to the Alsip bike trail and on to Lemont.

In general village matters, Village Clerk Jane Quinlan announced that voter registration will begin at the Village Hall on Tuesday, March 12. Early voting for the upcoming election will take place at the Village Hall March 25-April 6.

Quinlan announced that Sward School has been awarded the Academic Excellence Award by the State of Illinois for 2012.

Heilmann said the next community safety meeting will take place at the Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School on March 18.

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