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Digging Begins At Stony Creek TIF Promenade

The first phase of the construction is taking place at the Stony Creek Promenade project along 111th Street and Cicero Avenue in Oak Lawn.

Residents have been questioning the Oak Lawn Village Board when actual work would begin for the TIF project. A Kmart and Dominick’s store were demolished to make way for Mariano’s Fresh Markets.

Construction workers were out in force last Saturday afternoon, digging up concrete to make way for new pavement at the site. {{more}}

Larry Deetjen, the village manager, informed the Oak Lawn Village Board at its Sept. 24 meeting that construction would begin within a week.

Details about the current Oak Lawn budget took place at the same meeting.

Larry O’Donnell, the new village treasurer, said that currently the 111th Street TIF project is not providing any revenue. He quickly added that with the completion of the project, the location will see a boost in economic growth.

Deetjen informed everyone at the meeting that the project is on schedule and that it will provide much needed resources to the village.

ÒThe Mariano’s store alone will double sales at what Dominick’s was doing at 111th Street and 87th Street combined,” said Deetjen.

Despite cloudy skies and a steady drizzle, groundbreaking ceremonies took place on April 12 for the beginning of the construction phase of Mariano’s Fresh Market.

Construction plans for Mariano’s Fresh Market is the centerpiece of a Tax Incremental Financing District (TIF) project to rejuvenate this particular Oak Lawn intersection.

The project has been often debated over the past eight years because of the uncertainty of the future of local businesses currently at the location, such as the popular Flap-Jack’s restaurant.

Deetjen had stated during an Oak Lawn Village Board meeting earlier this year that Trader Joe’s was pursued for the corner, but they declined.

But Deetjen and village trustees were more than happy to have Mariano’s Fresh Market at the 111th Street location.

Bob Mariano, owner of Mariano’s Fresh Market and chairman and CEO of Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc., was on hand for the ceremonies on April 12.

ÒWe are going to give (Oak Lawn) the best service,” said Mariano. ÒWe promise the most phenomenal shopping experience.”

Deetjen added his excitement of adding Mariano’s Fresh Market to Oak Lawn.

ÒYou (Mariano’s) are all about customer service and we had our chances (at other businesses), but we have the one that will be a great addition to the village,” said Deetjen.

Deetjen and Mariano stated that not only will the food market be the centerpiece of the TIF project but it will also be an integral part of linking future development of the adjacent Wolfe Wildlife Refuge Center.

This will be the 10th location for Mariano’s. The first store opened in Arlington Heights in July 2010.

Plans for the 70,000-square-foot shopping facility will employ about 400 people and will feature upscale architectural aesthetics, according to village officials.

Deetjen also lauded the efforts of Hamilton Partners, the developer of the Stony Creek Promenade project. Deetjen said that the village and Mariano’s will continue to work with Hamilton Partners to secure other successful tenants to the development.

Mariano’s is noted for having locally grown food and specialty products imported from around the world.

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