A former Bank of America branch on LaGrange Road in Orland Park would be remodeled and expanded to accommodate two retail stores under a plan that received tentative approval this week. | Mike Nolan/Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 19, 2014 6:25AM
An Orland Park Village Board committee on Monday night gave preliminary approval to plans for a gas station/car wash and to convert a former bank building into a small retail center, and also agreed to equip police officers with a drug that counteracts a heroin overdose.
The committee recommended that the full board approve a proposal by Ridgeway Petroleum for a Mobil station, car wash and convenience store on 1.6 acres at the northwest corner of Wolf Road and 183rd Place. The business would be near Midwest Animal Clinic and the Orland Park Business Center.
Committee members also endorsed plans by JPS Development to renovate and expand a former Bank of America branch at 15631 LaGrange Road, near the Lowe’s home improvement store.
A drive-through lane and canopy would be demolished, and a 5,500-square-foot addition built, according to the plans. Two retailers — Sleep Number mattresses and Destination XL, a big and tall men’s clothing chain — tentatively have agreed to locate in the renovated building, village officials said.
The full board is expected to vote on both projects next month.
The board also approved a proposal by Police Chief Tim McCarthy to spend $4,000 outfit officers with Naloxone, which can help revive people suffering from a heroin overdose. The cost includes training of officers by the Chicago Recovery Alliance and 40 to 50 doses of the drug.
McCarthy said the Orland Fire Protection District has used the drug, which is known by the brand name Narcan, and several police departments in DuPage and Will counties have equipped officers with it.
McCarthy told trustees there were five heroin-related deaths in Orland Park last year, and one so far this year, which he said was a hopeful sign “we are seeing the trend wane.”