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Deal will allow Orland Sky Zone to stay open

From staff reports

A settlement agreement has been reached between Orland Park and Sky Zone, which allows the facility to stay open as long as it adheres to a number of new operating conditions.

“We anticipate and expect that Sky Zone will act as a responsible corporate citizen going forward, but if it again violates the Village Code provisions that are meant to protect the health, safety and welfare of the community, we will once again take the necessary and appropriate steps to remedy that situation” Mayor Keith Pekau said in a statement Tuesday.

Village Manager George Koczwara had revoked the indoor amusement venue’s business license after an incident at a Glow Night event on September 12, 2020. The revocation was upheld by the village board after Sky Zone appealed the decision earlier this year.

Sky Zone took the matter to court and a judge affirmed the findings of the village that the business had violated the Village Code, but asked the village to reconsider the revocation order because Sky Zone had put in place certain temporary remedial measures since that night.

The village has now agreed to allow Sky Zone to renew its business license specifically conditioned upon Sky Zone permanently implementing the following very rigid, rigorous and stringent conditions at its Orland Park location:

  • Sky Zone will close at 9 p.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Sky Zone will hire a security firm to work each Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from 7 p.m. to close.
  • Sky Zone will no longer host “Glow Nights,” events which involves turning off the nights and using black lights and lasers.
  • Sky Zone will not exceed the State Fire Marshall occupancy level for the entire premises
  • Sky Zone will continue to track on its system all individuals inside the business
  • Sky Zone will maintain a staff to guest ratio at all times of no less than 1:20
  • Sky Zone will continue to hire a lot sweeping company to regularly clean the parking lot and the outdoor areas
  • Sky Zone will continue to contract with its waste management company to empty its outdoor waste receptacle at least three times a week.

If the business fails to comply with these conditions and any village, state and federal regulations, the village will again seek to revoke or suspend the business license.

There was no comment from Sky Zone.

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