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House of Brides owners say Oak Lawn manager killed lease

Updated: June 16, 2013 6:48AM



The owners of House of Brides, a longtime store in Oak Lawn, plan to sue the village for allegedly not allowing them to lease the store to a health care provider, their attorney said Tuesday night.

Eva and Dale Buziecki, who own the bridal shop, intend to file a lawsuit after the village board approved a plan for JenCare Neighborhood Medical Centers, which provides medical care to senior citizens, to occupy a former Men’s Warehouse store on 95th Street, the attorney said.

He said village manager Larry Deetjen interfered with a three-month negotiation between the Buzieckis and JenCare officials, costing the couple a 7-year lease for the former House of Brides site, 5433 W. 95th St.

House of Brides, in business for 84 years, has been at its current site for 23 years but is moving to Orland Park at 161st Street and LaGrange Road.

Dale Buziecki questioned why Deetjen got involved in the lease discussions. Deetjen said after the board meeting that it was his job to do what’s best for Oak Lawn and that sometimes involves offering alternate sites to businesses.

“We certainly do our best to assist businesses. JenCare will be a fine addition to our community, and we’re glad they’re coming,” he said.

Buziecki said his talks with JenCare representatives occurred over three months regarding a long-term lease, seven years with a seven-year option.

“They were going to spend a half-million to $1 million in the building improving it,” he said.

But then Deetjen interceded and suggested several other sites to JenCare, Buziecki said.

“Larry pretty much told them they’ll go where he wants them to go or they won’t come to Oak Lawn,” he said.

Deetjen denied that accusation.

The village board on Tuesday night approved parking and landscape variations for JenCare to locate at 6101 W. 95th St. An attorney for JenCare was in the audience and didn’t object to the changes.



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