Homer Glen officers mentioned Wednesday they like a proposed idea plan that incudes new companies, properties and open area on 137.5 acres of farmland at 14059 W. 159th St.
Nick Patera, land planner and panorama architect with Teska Associates, mentioned the event could be distinctive for Homer Glen.
“It’s not a cookie-cutter plan by any implies that would match into another group,” he mentioned. “That is Homer Glen.”
The proposal would encompass a 20-acre industrial space with retail, eating places, providers and an anchor grocery retailer that will entrance 159th Road, a serious industrial hall. Additionally proposed are 100 city homes, 102 duplex models and 57 single-family properties.
About 77.5 acres of land could be open area, in line with village paperwork.
The Dunn Farm barns and homestead on the northeast nook of the property is proposed to be devoted to the village as a chance for actions, group gardens, farmers markets or gross sales of Christmas timber, pumpkins or crafts, village paperwork mentioned.
The Village Board didn’t vote on the undertaking at its assembly Wednesday, however reasonably supplied perception.
“I feel total I prefer it,” Trustee Ruben Pazmino mentioned. “It’s an awesome undertaking. It suits in with what we want on 159th Road after which you might have residential within the again, which is able to embrace the industrial in entrance of it.”
Pazmino mentioned he thought the event was transferring in the precise path.
Trustees requested if the event may pay homage to the Dunn Farm identify or incorporate any of the historic character of the farm into the plan.
Trustee Beth Rodgers mentioned any such undertaking is what she wish to see for Homer Glen. She mentioned it’s not a improvement that will be seen in neighboring communities.
“That is thrilling to see,” she mentioned.
Homer Glen officers additionally declined to pay the June authorized payments from Mahoney, Silverman and Cross, which totaled about $2,047.
The Village Board has been served by two regulation corporations for the final 12 months after hiring the agency Odelson, Sterk, Murphey, Frazier and McGrath in July 2021. The newly seated board on the time mentioned they wanted a second opinion and lacked confidence in Mahoney, Silverman and Cross.
The choice final summer time so as to add Cary Horvath of Odelson and Sterk didn’t exchange present village legal professional Eric Hanson of Mahoney, Silverman and Cross, however created a further place.
Trustee Jennifer Consolino mentioned the board and workers asks Horvath for help and known as his work distinctive.
Trustees, although, subject questions from residents on why the village is paying for 2 attorneys. Consolino mentioned it’s the mayor’s proper to have his legal professional.
“We should always solely have one legal professional and one regulation agency,” she mentioned, including Horvath has proved his value.
Trustees voted 4-2 towards paying the agency’s authorized payments. Rodgers and Trustee Nicole La Ha voted to pay them.
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“We nonetheless should pay folks for providers they supply,” La Ha mentioned.
Trustee Dan Fialko mentioned 5 of the six trustees voted to rent Horvath final 12 months, and nearly all of the board wish to use his providers.
Mayor George Yukich final 12 months additionally opposed hiring a brand new regulation agency.
“If the minority chooses to maintain the opposite regulation agency, then that value is on the minority,” Fialko mentioned. “If there may be an additional expense of any sort that anyone is speaking about both on the podium or on Fb, then that further expense comes from the minority selecting to maintain the opposite lawyer.”
Rodgers, who voted towards hiring Horvath, mentioned some village officers and workers really feel extra comfy with Hanson, and Yukich mentioned he desires to maintain Hanson on till the top of his time period in spring 2023.
When requested after the assembly about his unpaid payments, Hanson responded, “We’ll see.”
Michelle Mullins is a contract reporter for the Each day Southtown.