Message From the Mayor
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Recently, we advertised for and received a proposal for development of the triangle property across from the Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home from Heidner Properties, Inc in Glendale Heights. Heidner is proposing construction of a 12,000 square foot, retail strip-mall. Three restaurant end-users are already on board with the concept and have provided letters of intent to occupy. One end user is a well-known pizza restaurant that would include an outdoor beer garden, another, a breakfast restaurant and also a Chinese restaurant. Legal activities continue to render the property ready for development.
Christopher Burke Engineering will update the village board at a meeting on July 11, 2016 regarding the tollway ramps project. Subsequent workshops will occur with State, County and Toll way representatives. Each step is a step closer to providing ramps on and off of I294 Northbound here in Justice. Workshops will be scheduled in the upcoming weeks to further evaluate our plans to proceed and will be open to public.
The Frontage Road Reconstruction Project consisting of the reconstruction of Frontage Road from Oak Grove to Garden Lane should be completed early in July. Engineering for the Frontage Road Sidewalk Project will follow. Our Economic Development team has submitted an application for Illinois Transportation Enhancement Project (ITEP) grant funding to add Landscape/Streetcsape improvements along Frontage Road/79th Street from Oak Grove Avenue to Garden Lane. The objective of this project is to beautify Frontage Road with the installation of landscaping (trees, perennial flowers, and landscaping beds,) pedestrian lighting and community benches. The total project cost is $256,530.00 and would be funded in an amount equal to 80% of the cost. The Village would pay its portion (20%) of engineering and construction costs through TIF No. 4 funds.
The reconstruction of 86th Avenue from 71st to 75th Street, 73rd Place from Cork to 86th, 85th Avenue and 85th Court from 79th Street to the Tollway is well underway. Our own Public Works crew has commenced paving throughout town and has an ambitious schedule planned for this year. By this reading 90th Avenue in the Highlands should be complete.
The Village is working with Active Transportation to initiate a regional project to create a bike trail along the I&M Canal that would link Justice, Willow Springs, Bedford Park, and Summit. The Village will be hosting a Kickoff Breakfast on Saturday, July 30th inviting all entities that would have an interest in this project, or could assist in providing financing.
A Town Hall Meeting is planned for Thursday, July 14th at 7:00PM at the Justice Village Hall to allow residents an opportunity to interact informally with their elected officials, voice their suggestions and concerns and hear about upcoming plans and projects. Hope you can join us!
Plans for the annual car show being presented in cooperation with the Justice Park District are being finalized. "Cars Under the Stars" will be held at Commissioner's Park on Friday, August 26, 2016 from 4:00PM until 11:00PM.
I am always available for your questions, comments and suggestions so stop in and say hello. I am in my office and available most mornings.