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Justice to seek proposals for Asbury Woods development

The Justice Village Board this week voted to seek proposals for Asbury Woods, a 14-acre site near 83rd Street and Cork Avenue.

Mayor Kris Wasowicz said, Òa proposal was received for commercial and banking facilities. This is a public disclosure to notify other developers. It’s just one step in the process.”

On the village’s website, Wasowicz said, “We are currently exploring an exciting proposal for a $43 million project on the 14-acre Asbury Woods site. We sincerely hope what is now a concept plan might develop into a reality.”

He added that, “Our economic development prospects are steadily better due to increased awareness of the Village of Justice as a convenient place to live and work.”{{more}}

Trustees also voted to sell as much as $32 million in industrial revenue bonds to move ahead with proposed improvements by Waterton Associates LLC for the Willow Hill and Oaks properties.

The bonds would allow Waterton to acquire and renovate land, buildings, furnishings, equipment and property. As part of the deal, Justice would earn as much as $80,000 for selling the bonds that would be paid back by Waterton.

Trustee Ed Rusch asked about the wording of the motion, concerned about the liability for the village.

He was assured by the village attorney that the municipality was only a conduit to issue the bonds and had no liability regarding the matter.

Also, Matthew Zarebczan was appointed as director of economic development and chairman of the Economic Planning Board.

Edward Shilka was also approved as building commissioner by a 4-1 vote.

Trustee Rick Symonds, who cast the lone “no” vote, said, ÒSince Jim Lurquin retired, we are changing the building department system, realigning what is there. I have a difference of opinion in where we are going.”

Trustee Henry Oszakiewski said the Justice Business Expo will be tonight at the Lipinski Center. About 30 businesses in the village will be attending.

ÒIt keeps building and building, “said Oszakiewski.

Two speakers are expected, including one from the Cook County Forest Preserve District explaining improvements at Bullfrog Lake, which will include new camp sites and cabins.

ÒThis is to generate fun within the Cook County area,” according to Oszakiewski.

Trustee Melanie Kuban asked for approvals of ordinances regarding parking lots in the Oaks and Laurels areas of Willow Hill apartment complex.

ÒWe have to have this agreement to have police on private property,” explained Kuban.

Trustee Sue Small announced the next food drive would be held on Feb. 17 from 2-5 p.m. Volunteers are needed.

Village Clerk Kathleen Svoboda sent condolences to the family of Argo school board member Chris Pluto, who died suddenly Monday.

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