Country Club Hills Town Council makes plans for vacant land (Country Club Hills, IL) – During its planning meeting on Monday, the Hills Country Club Town Council heard two proposals for properties located in the city that are not on the city’s tax rolls because they are owned by the Cook County Land Bank.
A 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 to Country Club Hills of Cook County and rezone the property. MV would then purchase and redevelop those parcels and other property the city now owns.
MV plans to relocate and consolidate its office in Homewood and its truck park in South Holland on the Cicero Avenue property.
MV plans to have truck terminals there for maintenance and repairs, truck sales, a warehouse and an office. No truck-to-truck freight transfers will be made at the facility, so there will not be a large number of trucks passing through the area.
Because MV estimates the construction cost to be around $4 million, they are asking for the city’s help in acquiring a 6B tax incentive.
Aldus. Vincent Lockett asked MV about minority bookings for contractors. Lockett said he wanted to make sure city taxpayers were hired and minority contractors were used.
Milos Sirotovic, a representative of MV, told the Council that MV would hire workers from the community and seek to use local contractors and subcontractors.
Council then heard from Michelle Broughton-Fountain, a real estate lawyer and entrepreneur. She spoke to the council about the possibility of acquiring derelict properties in Country Club Hills that feature on the Cook County Land Bank’s roll, as economic development.
She used the property at 17600 S. Crawford Ave. for example. Broughton-Fountain said the city could buy the property from the county for around $75,000 and decide what to do with the property, either use it for municipal purposes or sell it. Either way, the property is back on the city’s tax roll or is being used by the city. Broughton-Fountain said there are a number of other properties 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 cases, Alderman Lisa Evans introduced an amendment to the city’s ordinance on the sale and control of liquor. The amendment is intended to encourage liquor stores to be more proactive in reporting incidents that occur on or near their properties to the police. The city wants incidents to be reported more quickly in order to mitigate incidents before they escalate and possibly turn violent.
Evans asked if establishments would be required to have cameras on the premises both indoors and outdoors. She then asked how incidents at liquor stores would be listed, as she did not want businesses to be penalized for often calling the police.
Ford said the requirement for cameras would be added.
These and other motions will be voted on at the next regular council meeting on February 15.
Country Club Hills Town Council makes plans for vacant land