Country Club Hills City Council Makes Plans for Vacant Land

Country Club Hills City Council Makes Plans for Vacant Land

Country Club Hills City Council Makes Plans for Vacant Land (Country Club Hills, IL) — At its planning meeting Monday, the Country Club Hills City Council heard two proposals for property located in the city that are not on the city’s tax rolls because they’re owned by the Cook County Land Bank.

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One proposal, by MV Terminals, LLC, is for the two parcels of land at 17002 Cicero Ave. MV is asking the city to annex the properties into Country Club Hills from Cook County, and rezone the property. MV would then buy and redevelop those parcels and another property that the city now owns.

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MV plans to relocate and consolidate their office in Homewood and their truck parking facility in South Holland to the Cicero Avenue property.

MV envisions having truck terminals for maintenance and repairs, truck sales, a warehouse and an office there. No cargo transfers from truck to truck will be done at the facility, so there will not be a large number of trucks going through the area.

Because MV estimates the construction cost to be about $4 million, they are seeking help from the city to acquire a 6B tax incentive.

Ald. Vincent Lockett asked MV about minority set-asides for contractors. Lockett said he wants to make sure taxpayers from the city are hired, and minority contractors are used.

Milos Sirotovic, a representative of MV, told the Council that MV would be hiring workers from the community and will be looking to use local contractors and subcontractors.

The council then heard from Michelle Broughton-Fountain, a real estate attorney and entrepreneur. She spoke to the council about looking at acquiring abandoned properties in Country Club Hills that are on the Cook County Land Bank roll, as economic development.

She used the property at 17600 S. Crawford Ave. as an example. Broughton-Fountain said the city could buy the property from the county for about $75,000, and decide what to do with the property, either use it for city purposes or sell it. Either way, the property is back on the city’s tax roll or is being put to use by the city. Broughton-Fountain said there were a number of other properties that the city could “invest in.”

Mayor James Ford said there was money in the housing fund to pay for the South Crawford Avenue property.

In other business, Alderwoman Lisa Evans introduced an amendment to the city’s sale and control of alcoholic beverages ordinance. The amendment is designed to encourage liquor establishments to be more proactive about reporting to the police incidents that occur on or near their properties. The city wants incidents to be reported quicker as a means to tone down incidents before they escalate and possibly become violent.

Evans asked whether establishments would be required to have cameras on the premises inside and outside. She then asked how incidents at liquor establishments would be cataloged, because she did not want businesses to be penalized for calling the police often.

Ford said the requirement for cameras would be added.

These and other motions will be voted on the city’s next regular council meeting on February 15.

Country Club Hills City Council Makes Plans for Vacant Land

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