95th and Pulaski Development to Include Apartments/Multi-Family Housing
It is official, the site that once housed KMart and the controversial Chuck E. Cheese has a new owner. The Hubbard Street Group, of Chicago, and Keeler Real Estate joined together in development team to close on the 15 acre shopping center last month.
The 183,893-square-foot location is now only 15 percent occupied, with the closure of Kmart and Chuck E. Cheese. Remaining stores include Pep Boys, Payless Shoes, Chase, Longhorn Steakhouse Restaurant and Lumber Liquidators.
The development team has been meeting with the village manager for months and the village administration controls the development by controlling the zoning of the property. Don’t be surprised when the development plans come forward and the site includes “multi-family housing”. An insider to the deal told the Oak Lawn Leaf that despite published reports elsewhere, there is “zero” chance that the village hasn’t given a wink and a nod to the idea of multi-family housing with some revenue generating retail at the location. The telling quote, “residents don’t like apartments anywhere but that’s what’s being built everywhere because the millennials”. In other words, blame the kids that won’t buy houses and not us!
Date change for Spring Golf Scramble – is now Saturday, April 21st.
Oak Lawn Park District Spring Golf Scramble has been rescheduled to Saturday April 21st with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start. The event takes place at Oak Lawn Park District’s Stony Creek Golf Course. The event is open to all golfers looking to have fun. The fee is $45 per player and includes green fee, cart fee, range balls, lunch, and prizes. The Stony Creek Golf Course is located at 5850 W. 103rd Street.
For more information, please contact 708-857-2433.
District 229 Alumnus Honored
Oak Lawn Community High School Alumnus Kyle Exline, was recognized as one of the top 30 coaches under the age of 30 in the Country. Exline, a 2007 graduate of OLCHS, is the Head Volleyball Coach at North Central College. The award came as Exline was named one of the 2018 30 under 30 outstanding volleyball coaches by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Exline told the organization that he had played volleyball his entire life but had wanted to become a doctor when he entered Loyola University in Chicago. He began taking psychology courses while also coaching with the Volleyball Club during his sophomore year. After coaching for two years, he decided that coaching was the career path for him. His team has enjoyed success during his tenure.
Worth Township Seniors To Enjoy Luau
All Oak Lawn seniors are invited to attend the township sponsored event for $25, which includes a show and a catered lunch on Wednesday, May 23rd, at the Worth Township building at 11601 S. Pulaski Road, in Alsip. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. The show is scheduled to start at 12:30. Seniors are encouraged to wear “Hawaiian attire” according to the Township release. Reservations are required so call 708-371-2900 extension 28. The catered lunch is from Jack &Pats in Chicago Ridge and features baked ham w/pineapples, chicken marinated in garlic/lemon, pulled pork, roasted red Potatoes, broccoli au gratin, fresh garden salad w/mandarin oranges, bread/butter, dessert, and a soft drink.
Well, murder charges have been filed against Williams in the fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend’s grandmother at the Chicago home the women shared. According to the Cook County State’s Attorney Peggy Goodman was shot to death. Williams is also charged with attempted murder in the stabbing of the ex-girlfriend, an 18-year-old.
The State’s Attorney’s Office claims Goodman and her granddaughter were attacked after the younger woman let Williams and another man into the home. Williams allegedly fatally shot Goodman after her granddaughter fled to a second-floor bedroom. The granddaughter was later stabbed by the second man who has yet to be charged.
Former Oak Lawn Cop Passes Away; Services Announced
James L. “Jim” Ball, who joined the Oak Lawn police department in 1980 has passed away. Jim was married to Susan nee Hanzie. He was a father and a grandfather and was one of eleven while growing up. Visitation is tomorrow, Wednesday from 3 pm until 9 pm at the Thompson & Kuenster Funeral Home in Oak Lawn. The funeral is Thursday and begins at 8:45 am from Thompson & Kuenster Funeral Home, 5570 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn to St. Gerald Church for Mass at 9:30 am.
Jim rose through the ranks as a police officer serving as a Truck Enforcement Officer, a Field Training Officer, a Juvenile Officer, and last, serving as a Detective. He was a former Criminal Investigator with the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force. He will also be remembered for his volunteer work in the Oak Lawn community.