The Oak Lawn Planning and Development Commission will meet tonight to approve a parking variance for the Oak Lawn Commons development at 95th and Pulaski, which once housed Chuck E. Cheese.
Mayor Sandra Bury announced the news on her Facebook Page on Friday:
Welcome “Oak Lawn Commons” to Oak Lawn on 95th & Plulaski! This site plan will be presented to the Planning & Development Commission on Monday night. Trustee Vorderer and I have been very excited to bring retail to this corner of town. It will be wonderful! I am especially excited about the walking paths, outdoor dining and lush landscaping.
While no tenants have yet been signed for the development, the plan does not include any residential properties, which had long been rumored among possible developers. While the developer may not have any tenants, Oak Lawn residents were willing to jump on Mayor Sandra Bury’s Facebook post to make suggestions.
Judy O’Neill wrote, “We could use an ULTA beauty supply here. Also Barnes & Noble with Hallmark card store would be great. Oak Lawnians love to read and gift people with books purchased. And we love name brand beauty supplies and must travel to far south Orland or Countryside. We are pretty also, like to wear awesome fragrances, nice makeup, and do our own Hairdids! We would like an ULTA in OAK LAWN!”
Dominic Leodoro suggested, “A Dick’s Sporting Goods would be great. The Sports Authority we had was one of the busiest in the state. We really need a sporting goods store back in OL.” Several people agreed with Dominic Leodoro’s post.
Helen Goryl Librizzi posted, “As long as the trash doesn’t come in and ruin it!! A Carrabba’s would be nice or whole foods.” That post had someone agreeing also while noting that Whole Foods was going to build in nearby Evergreen Park.
Of course no discussion about development in Oak Lawn can be had without one business being requested by shopping Oak Lawn residents. Judy Lachky posted a simple question, “Trader Joes?”, which had agreement by several posters although one posted noted that Trader Joe’s had told Oak Lawn “no” in the past.
For the most part, individuals seemed to like the concept but at least one person questioned how it would be financed and Kelly Ames Smith directly answered the Mayor’s post by alluding to the increased crime, stating, “We need more retail. Greenery is nice, but I’m not overly enthusiastic about walking paths that probably wouldn’t be that safe at night anyway.”
The Planning and Development Commission meeting is scheduled for tonight at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at the Village Hall. The parking variance is not the only issue but the meeting should not last more than an hour. Public comments are allowed at the meeting.