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Spotlight to shine Saturday on Meyers Park, Palos Women

The City Council Tuesday evening approved payment no. 2 to Hacienda Landscaping, Inc. in the amount of $24,855 for services rendered in the Meyers Park Renovation Project. The improvements have led to a re-dedication of the park, which will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Meyers Park, located behind the Palos Heights Recreation Center at 6601 W. 127th St., is named in honor of the late Allen Meyers, who served the city as an alderman. His wife, Joan, is an active member in the Palos Heights Woman’s Club and was the club’s president from 2008-2010. She is expected to be on hand for Saturday’s ceremony.

The re-dedication also kicks off the club’s Harvest in the Heights fundraiser at the Rec Center, featuring food, live music, raffles and other activities. Funds raised will be used for the purchase of an 8-ft. by 12-ft. LED sign to be installed outside the Rec Center. Tickets are still available through Mona Lisa Boutique at (708) 361-1551 or through the Palos Heights Recreation Center at (708) 361-1807.

The park has been reconfigured in recent years due to construction of the gym and parking lot at the rear of the Rec Center, which took away the park’s tennis courts. Meyers Park is situated between Independence Junior High School and the Rec Center, which used to be Crab Orchard school. The school was closed many years ago due to district enrollment totals.

“The park is on school property,” said Ald. Jeff Key of Ward 1. “We’re installing the ball field, making some improvements to the path,” he said. Landscaping upgrades have been completed as well.

The council also approved the awarding of a bid for the Community Park Spectator and Sports Plaza project to Innovation Landscape Inc. in the amount of $139,693. In addition, approval was made for the purchase of spectator bleachers “in an amount not to exceed $12,800.00.”

The Spectator and Sports Plaza is located at the ball fields behind city hall, 7607 W. College Drive.

“It’s been an ongoing thing where we’ve been making some improvements there,” said Key. “Some of the spectator areas will be improved. Underneath the gravel areas will be pavers (or similar),” he explained.

The council has approved another payment for the full-gut remodeling underway at the regular council meeting room at city hall, this one in the amount of $89,636. While the remodeling is in progress, city council meetings are being held in the Orchard Room at the Rec Center and will continue to be held there until further notice. Anticipated completion of the remodeled space at city hall is sometime next month.

The council soundly defeated a motion to adopt an ordinance allowing for the raising of chickens within the city limits.

Mayor Straz told The Regional News following the meeting that the bidding process is underway for demolition of the former Mary Dell’s Corsetieres, 12221 S. Harlem Ave. Demolition will not take place until after Oct. 18 when the Palos Heights Farmers Market, which operates every Wednesday morning in the open air space right next door, pulls up stakes for the season. The building will be knocked down to provide more parking.

In news from the Sept. 5 city council meeting, Franklins Public House at 12306 S. Harlem Ave. was given a Class A liquor license. Partners Mike Coogan and Greg Dix spoke briefly to the council members about their plans.

“We are building out Franklin Public House as an American, family-friendly gastro pub, a very traditional setting, unique in the fact that it is traditional and not a sports bar theme,” said Coogan. “It’s a gastro pub theme, high-level food coupled with a nice, tavern feel. We want to be family-friendly because this (the community) is a family-friendly environment.”

Dix, the executive chef, said he has been in the business for 30 years, working for Hyatt Hotels, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in Orlando, among many others.

“It’s going to be a hand-crafted menu,” he said. “We’re going to create something special.”

Coogan said the establishment will be open daily and a grand opening date may occur in mind-November.

“It’s a moving target,” he said. “We’ve been in the process since 2015. It’s been a two-year journey.”

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