TINLEY PARK, IL — The Tinley Park-Park District this week obtained extra assist of its pursuit of and plans for the vacant Tinley Psychological Well being Heart property.
In a letter despatched to the park district by 14 extra members of the Illinois Home and Senate, the legislators reward the group for its proposed plan for the location of the previous Tinley Park Psychological Well being Heart and Howe Improvement Heart.
The park district unveiled its plans for the house late final 12 months, after stating its intent to pursue acquisition of the property as a sole entity, separate from the Village of Tinley Park. The plan features a imaginative and prescient to rework the long-vacant land right into a hub of athletic fields, monitor and discipline amenities, a domed sports activities complicated and open leisure house.
This week greater than a dozen legislators who signify communities surrounding the Tinley Park space, despatched a letter of assist, together with: Reps. Dagmara Avelar, Kelly Burke, Will Davis, Anthony DeLuca, Marcus Evans, Fran Hurley, Thaddeus Jones, Natalie Manley, Nick Smith, Larry Walsh Jr., and Sens. Napoleon Harris, Patrick Joyce, Elgie Sims and Rachel Ventura.
The Park District has additionally beforehand obtained the assist of three legislators who signify Tinley Park: Reps. Debbie Meyers-Martin, Bob Rita and Justin Slaughter, who known as the plans, “what we’ve got wanted,” for the house.
The park district’s proposal for leisure house on the website begins with 90 acres within the first section of improvement and contains playground and sports activities amenities for individuals residing with particular wants.
Beneath the plan, preliminary improvement for the property contains playground and sports activities amenities absolutely accessible for individuals residing with particular wants, multipurpose athletic fields, a domed sports activities complicated with a full-size soccer discipline, a stadium with a monitor, a splash pad, concession stands, spectator stands, lighting, ample parking, in addition to a pond, picnic areas and open inexperienced house.
The group of legislators stated the Park District’s Section 1 plans would create a chance for individuals throughout the Midwest to attend tournaments, video games and occasions on the website.
“Moreover, reworking this website into a spot for all to take pleasure in addresses a vital want for a lot of of our communities that might profit drastically from entry to extra recreation alternatives,” the legislators wrote.
The park district’s formal bidding on the property has triggered a seemingly contentious relationship with village officers, who initially stated they have been stunned to study of the park district’s curiosity in bidding on the property as a sole entity. Their plans additionally caught officers off-guard, Village Supervisor Pat Carr instructed Patch in a earlier interview. The Village’s most up-to-date try and buy the land—280 acres on the nook of 183rd Avenue and Harlem Avenue—at a price ticket of $4.5 million fell by means of as not too long ago as February 2022.
Carr and Mayor Mike Glotz have spoken out publicly in criticism of the park district’s efforts, saying, “… the land just isn’t zoned for what the park district intends, noting, “after we created this TIF, the park district was concerned on this, and so they knew precisely what wanted to go there to generate income and jobs for the residents of Tinley.”
Most not too long ago, in what Village Supervisor Pat Carr known as an unrelated resolution, the Village of Tinley Park determined to maneuver away from its earlier custom of splitting the price of July 4 fireworks with the park district, as a substitute planning to host its personal celebration on July 3. The park district then determined to cancel its occasion, to keep away from duplicate occasions and expenditures.