Last buildings to go at Orland Park plaza
By Mike Nolan email@example.com June 2, 2014 6:58PM
Updated: July 4, 2014 6:22AM
The last vestiges of the former Orland Plaza strip mall at LaGrange Road and 143rd Street will be coming down this summer.
Orland Park is advertising for bids for the demolition of the remaining buildings at the western edge of the property, including a former Marquette Bank branch that has moved to the southwest corner of the intersection.
Tearing down the cluster of buildings would clear space for a University of Chicago Medicine medical building. Demolition work would be completed by the end of August, according to a bid notice issued by the village.
Orland Park bought the plaza property for its Main Street redevelopment project, with some tenants closing their doors for good, and others, with the village’s assistance, relocating to new sites.
Village officials envision a pedestrian-friendly mix of housing, retail space and restaurants sprouting around the centerpiece of the Main Street project — the 295-unit Ninety7Fifty on the Park apartment building.
University of Chicago Medicine plans a 120,000-square-foot medical clinic at the northwest corner of 143rd and LaGrange Road, and the U of C will lease about 3.5 acres of the village-owned property. The clinic will include a CVS pharmacy.
North of the clinic, approximately where the buildings to be demolished now stand, a 580-space parking garage will be built. A tentative agreement between the village and U of C calls for the garage to be open to the public at no charge during evenings and weekends.
Orland Park officials last month gave tentative approval to the project, but final plans would also need village approval and the project has to be reviewed by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to determine whether it’s needed.
Village officials hope the U of C project will attract other development to the 32-acre Main Street site. Two years ago, Orland Park hired HSA Commercial Real Estate to market the property. The Chicago firm was behind the successful redevelopment of Orland Park Place mall, directly south of Orland Square Mall.
With the medical center, about 13 acres would still be available for redevelopment. Orland Park also will share with U of C the cost of installing 100 parking spaces near a proposed restaurant that would be south of 142nd Street and directly west of LaGrange Road.