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Mariano’s, apartments OK’d in Orland Park

Coldwater Creek is among retailers OrlPark Crossing shopping center northeast LaGrange Road 143rd Street. Plans for Mariano's grocery store hundreds

Coldwater Creek is among the retailers in Orland Park Crossing shopping center, northeast of LaGrange Road and 143rd Street. Plans for a Mariano's grocery store and hundreds of housing units won approval Monday from Orland Park trustee. | Mike Nolan~Sun

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Updated: January 18, 2014 6:20AM

Orland Park trustees on Monday night approved plans for a Mariano’s grocery store and 231 apartments near the Orland Park Crossing mall, limiting traffic access to the developments in a compromise aimed at quelling concerns of nearby residents.

Mariano’s plans a 73,000-square-foot supermarket northeast of P.F. Chang’s restaurant and southeast of Granite City restaurant in the shopping center at LaGrange Road and 143rd Street. The store would open by late 2015 or early 2016, said Dan Farrell, vice president of real estate with the company.

REVA Development Partners’ Residences of Orland Park Crossing will consist of the rental units to the north and east of Mariano’s. The company hopes to begin work next spring, with all units completed within 15 to 18 months, Warren James, a principal with REVA, said.

Plans originally called for connecting Orland Park Crossing and subdivisions to the east at two points, 140th and 141st streets. That prompted complaints from residents that more traffic would be routed through subdivisions such as Heritage Estates.

Under the plans approved Monday, there won’t be access at 140th Street except for emergency vehicles, and an electronically operated gate would be installed at 141st Street. It would be operated only by emergency personnel or residents of the townhouses being built as part of the REVA project and that will face 94th Avenue but back up to John Humphrey Drive.

Residents who packed the village board meeting were mostly happy about traffic access being restricted.

“It’s not perfect for us, but it certainly is a compromise,” Bill Wilson, who lives east of Orland Park Crossing, told trustees.

Still, some residents continued to express concern about the number of rental units being built. Although initially marketed as rentals, 25 townhouses and 38 row houses are designed to be marketed as owner-occupied units once demand improves, James said, noting there is now “very, very slow absorption of for-sale product.”

Trustee Ed Schussler noted that the village’s Ninety 7 Fifty on the Park — an upscale apartment building on 143rd Street that the Residences development is taking its cue from — is 70 percent occupied and expected to reach 95 percent occupancy by spring.

Schussler said that even if the townhouses and row houses planned by REVA remained rentals, Orland Park’s overall percentage of rental property would be about 8 percent of its housing stock, smaller than other comparable communities.

Like Ninety 7 Fifty, Residences of Orland Park Crossing would be a transit-oriented development designed to attract commuters because it would be just east of the 143rd Street Metra station.

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