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Orland Park Mariano’s, apartments get early OK

A Mariano's Fresh Market opened March Frankfort. The Wisconsin-based chais seeking village approval for store OrlPark. | FILE PHOTO

A Mariano's Fresh Market opened in March in Frankfort. The Wisconsin-based chain is seeking village approval for a store in Orland Park. | FILE PHOTO

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Updated: December 16, 2013 6:13AM



Orland Park plan commissioners have endorsed plans for a Mariano’s grocery store and 231 rental units at the Orland Park Crossing shopping center.

The plan commission’s recommendation Monday will be considered by a village board committee next Monday night, and the full board could vote on the projects as soon as Dec. 2.

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 the northeast corner of LaGrange Road and 143rd Street.

REVA Development Partners’ has proposed a housing development, Residences of Orland Park Crossing, that would consist of 63 townhouses and 168 apartments to the north and east of Mariano’s.

At a public hearing Monday night before the commission’s vote, residents were concerned about the potential for traffic spilling over into their adjacent neighborhoods.

Plans originally called for connecting Orland Crossing and subdivisions to the east at two points, 140th and 141st streets, which prompted complaints from residents that more traffic would be seen through subdivisions such as Heritage Estates. the plan commission voted to recommend to village trustees that the 140th Street connection be eliminated from the final plan.

Some residents questioned why Orland Park would want more rental units instead of owner-occupied housing. A partner with REVA told commissioners that there’s increasing demand for high-end rental properties.

One resident said renting might be the trend today, but the pendulum could swing back, leaving the village with empty apartments.

“People are starting to buy (homes),” Norene Shader, who lives a few blocks east of the planned development, said. “This cycle will change.”

Matt Nix, a partner with REVA, 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 such apartments. 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.

A preliminary analysis of the Residences project by consulting firm Tracy Cross & Associates said there is potentially a strong market for the development. The report for REVA said that, as of June, the vacancy rate for newer suburban apartment buildings was 2.6 percent, the lowest in a decade — partly because many apartment complexes were converted to condominiums in recent years.

The Cross report also noted that the Ninety 7 Fifty building, which has 295 apartments, should, at the current rental rate, have 95 percent occupancy by next spring.

Plan commissioner John Paul said there’s a “stigma attached” to rental property by many people, but the Residences project involves luxury apartments that will not involve a transient population.

“This is not low-end housing we’re talking about,” he said.

Another commissioner, Steve Dzierwa, said Mariano’s and the apartments are a good fit for the village.

“It’s a good plan, a solid plan,” he said.

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 should either Mariano’s or the housing component not get village approval, according to Kimberly Flom, the village’s assistant director of development services.



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