Orland Park residents oppose development
By Mike Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org November 12, 2013 9:56PM
A Mariano's grocery store and hundreds of housing units are proposed for land on the north side of Orland Park Crossing shopping center, northeast of LaGrange Road and 143rd Street. | Mike Nolan~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 14, 2013 6:29AM
Plans for a Mariano’s supermarket and a major housing development near the Orland Park Crossing mall drew sharp criticism from nearby residents at a public hearing Monday night by the village plan commission.
Mariano’s plans a 73,000-square-foot store that would be northeast of P.F. Chang’s restaurant and southeast of Granite City restaurant in the shopping center at the northeast corner of LaGrange Road and 143rd Street.
REVA Development Partners’ planned Residences of Orland Park Crossing would include 231 housing units, including 168 apartments, to the north and east of Mariano’s.
Commissioners, following the lengthy hearing, voted to endorse the plans, which will be considered by a village board committee on Monday. Village trustees could vote on the projects when they meet Dec. 2.
Residents who live east of the shopping center said they are concerned because plans call for extending both 140th and 141st streets to John Humphrey Drive, which they fear would result in more traffic in their neighborhoods. Some said they didn’t want to see more apartments in Orland Park.
Commissioners voted to recommend that the extension of 140th Street not be part of the final plans.
While the Residences development includes townhouses that would be available for rent, Kimberly Flom, Orland Park’s assistant director of development services, said REVA is planning to structure the project so the townhouses could ultimately be converted for individual ownership.
Matt Nix, a partner with REVA, said the development would take advantage of the trend of people, who are financially able to buy a home but are a renters by choice, “seeking lifestyle flexibility.” He said the nearby Ninety 7 Fifty on the Park upscale apartment building, west of LaGrange Road on 143rd Street, has shown there’s demand for higher-end rentals.
Under REVA’s plan, apartment rents would range from $1,295 to $1,600 per month for 1-bedroom/1-bath units, while rents for 2-bedroom/2-bath units would range from $1,850 to $2,100.
Davis Street Land Co., the developer of Orland Crossing, wants to sell 21 acres at the north end of its property for the Mariano’s and the townhouses and apartments. But Davis Street won’t proceed with the sales should either Mariano’s or the housing not receive village approval, Flom said.
Mariano’s is a unit of Wisconsin-based Roundy’s Inc., whose chairman and chief executive, Bob Mariano, is the former president of Dominick’s, which is exiting the Chicago market. Mariano’s has 13 stores in the Chicago area, including one in Frankfort, and plans to also open in Oak Lawn.