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Two development projects will be on the Homewood Board of Trustees’ agenda Tuesday, Dec. 9, and the village will honor Homewood-Flossmoor High School’s football team for its successful season.

The meeting will take place in the board room of Village Hall, 2020 Chestnut Road. 

The Vikings made it to the Class 8A state championship, where they lost a close game Saturday, Nov. 29, to undefeated Stevenson.

The developments under consideration include the Martin Avenue streetscape project, tabled earlier this year, and a proposal to construct a multi-tenant building at 17725 Halsted, the former site of Arby’s Restaurant.

The new building on Halsted will have one tenant, Sleepy’s, and one space currently without a signed lease, according to village documents.

The Martin Avenue project includes a plan to convert the south half of Martin Avenue just north of Ridge Road to a pedestrian plaza and create a roundabout to help traffic move in the north half of the block.

Martin Avenue looking north from Ridge Road.
An artist’s rendering of the
Martin Avenue pedestrian plaza
looking north from Ridge Road.

(Image provided by Lakota 
Group and the Village of 

The two-phase plan also calls for improvements to Martin Avenue south of Ridge Road to make the area more hospitable for community events. The total cost is expected to be between $1.2 million and $1.3 million, depending on contingencies and options the village might take.

Village Manager Jim Marino said the final plan takes into account input from the community and from village staff, especially about the issue of parking. He said the final plan keeps reduction of parking spaces to a minimum.

In other business, trustees will 

  • consider three real estate tax levy ordinances, one for increasing the 2014 Street and Bridge levy, one for corporate purposes and for special funds levy for the fiscal year beginning May 2015 and one authorizing the county clerk to reduce the village’s levy, if necessary, to comply with the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law;
  • witness the oath of office administered to two part-time firefighters and one firefighter/paramedic;
  • consider staff recommendations to reject two bids, one for tree grate replacement and one for scrap brass;
  • consider a resolution honoring Jan Kasper for 25 years of service to the village;
  • consider appropriating $209,000 of Motor Fuel Tax funds for the purchase of rock salt; and 
  • consider a motion to pass a resolution adopting the Village of Homewood 2014 Emergency Operations Plan.

More information:
Martin Avenue Public Space Project
Dec. 9 trustees’ agenda

Contact Eric Crump at [email protected]


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