Orland Park  OKs Edwards Realty as Main Street Triangle consultant 

Edwards Realty President Ramzi Hassan presents plans for developing an area in the Main Street Triangle District to the Village of Orland Park Board of Trustees on March 15. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

By Jeff Vorva 

Edwards Realty President Ramzi Hassan made a lengthy presentation to the Village of Orland Park Board of Trustees March 15 that included a slide show.

Was it a reality show?

Or was it a fantasy?

The answer might be somewhere in the middle, but the board voted 6-1 to let Hassan and his company work with the village as a consultant and agreed to a memorandum of understanding for the Main Street Triangle development.

Hassan’s presentation had plenty of bells and whistles and impressed board members. Some, however, felt put out that they weren’t privy to this information until seeing it in their packet on Friday and live on Monday.

Trustee James Dodge, the lone “no” voter, said there were no discussions and he had no input on the planning. “Quite frankly, I’m not happy about that process,” he said.

Trustee Dan Calandriello voted “yes” but said, “There are too many questions here. I feel we got pregnant really quick in a month with the development. It’s too fast.”

Trustee Kathleen Fenton, who also voted “yes” asked why she wasn’t contacted to go over the plans or afforded the courtesy to sit down with Edwards reps before the presentation.

Village Manager George Koczwara responded by saying the village staff was directed to negotiate with Edwards in short order and that Monday’s presentation was the “very, very first step.”

Hassan likened it to pieces of a puzzle that can get moved around.

Mayor Keith Pekau said the village has been at this for 20 years and likes that the ideas should have a broad appeal to residents.

“This needs to be a project that benefits all of Orland Park, not just the people at 143rd and LaGrange,” he said. “I know Ramzi and his team share that vision.”

The area for development is a group of parcels totaling more than nine acres near the 143rd Street Metra Station, Crescent Park and the Ninety Seven Fifty apartment complex.

Hassan said there would be residential area but plenty of mixed use for shopping, dining, businesses and entertainment as well.

The most dramatic face-lift could be Crescent Park itself. One plan is to build a three-story civic structure on it.

“We want to put a huge building on it,” Hassan said. “We want it to be used for entertainment. We could have a 1,500- to 2,000-person multi-purpose facility. It would be an area that could host concerts, e-sports events, civic uses, theater and things like that.”

Another huge plan is for six- and five-story buildings to be erected in that area for mixed use. Hassan said a rooftop restaurant and patio could go on the sixth floor of the first building.

“Not only would this be a great amenity for the office tenants, it would be an amenity for everyone in the village,” he said.

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