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Homer Glen to hold workshop for 159th Street project

Updated: April 18, 2013 6:37AM



The village of Homer Glen is hosting a community workshop where residents, businesses and property owners can help shape how 159th Street should look in the future.

The interactive workshop is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 20 at the village board room, 14917 S. Founders Crossing.

The village is conducting a monthslong study to create a master plan for its main commercial corridor. Village officials want to attract new economic development, preserve existing businesses and create a look unique to Homer Glen.

Officials also want to ensure that future development meets the village’s standards, while also creating pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly paths to access businesses.

The study, done by Chicago-based economic development consulting firm Houseal Lavigne Associates, comes as the Illinois Department of Transportation is preparing to widen 159th Street from two lanes to four from near Gougar Road to west of LaGrange Road in Orland Park.

“It’s a very comprehensive project to undertake,” village economic development director Janie Patch said.

The village also plans to host future meetings on the topic, and residents can offer input by visiting www.homerglenil.org. The village website will contain frequent updates and future meeting dates. Residents also can use Twitter to follow the project, Patch said.

When completed this fall, the master plan should be a useful tool to help recruit future business development and create a consistent and recognizable Homer Glen image, Patch said. The village wants landscaping, streetscaping, lighting and signage to have a look that lets visitors know they’ve arrived in Homer Glen.



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