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Village Board to Discuss New Downtown Park, Medical Building, Heritage Quarries

The Village of Lemont will hold a committee of the whole meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Village Hall, 418 Main St.

Village trustees will discuss a new downtown interpretive park, Heritage Quarry recreation and the Old Quarry Professional Building during their monthly committee of the whole meeting Monday night.

The Lemont Junior Woman's Club recently approached village officials about creating an interactive park in the downtown area that would incorporate the town's wildlife, geography and history.

Plans for the park—which would be located near Safety Village, 55 Stephen St.—will be discussed by the village Monday night.

During the meeting, trustees will also discuss a proposal by Dr. Umana Patel, owner of the Old Quarry Professional Building at 15884 W. 127th St. Patel is requesting approval for a medical office development consisting of two buildings—one of which would be a three-story, 32,000-square-foot facility.

According to the agenda packet, neighbors of the property have expressed concerns over the proposed building height, the light that would be visible from the building at night and the potential noise of the rooftop mechanical units.

Despite the concerns, the village's planning and zoning commission was generally supportive of the proposal when it was reviewed in May.

Also on the agenda Monday night is a discussion on recreation in the Heritage Quarries.

The committee of the whole meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at , 418 Main St. For more information, visit www.lemont.il.us.

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Greg Alan June 18, 2012 at 01:40 PM
"According to the agenda packet, neighbors of the property have expressed concerns over the proposed building height, the light that would be visible from the building at night and the potential noise of the rooftop mechanical units." REALLY?? What a joke! Most residents of Lemont now days, are 'transplants' from more crowded communities, with lots of lights, noise, e.t.c. They should be used to it. Lemont is NOT a sleepy little village, as it was years ago. People live here, but commute/work/shop elsewhere. DEAL with it!!
Kerry June 18, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I understand. Maybe they moved to Lemont to get away from the crowded communities.
Carla Vasile June 18, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I am in no way trying to ignite anything but, just saying...isn't there enough spaces open and available without a whole new "medical office development"? I do not understand why what we have can't be utilized. And...don't we have enough parks in Lemont? There are so many other things that should be focused on downtown.Our downtown is in desperate need of a face-lift. There is so much that can be done instead of focusing on building more spaces and buildings that are most likely going to sit empty after awhile. Surely I am not the only one who thinks this? Our sweet, charming little town has the potential to be right up there with Naperville's downtown. It just needs some tender care and attention, I think.
Monica Ferrick June 18, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I think the residents of Lemont should wake up! I've been here only 4 years and I see nothing that the Mayor is doing to try and develop the downtown section. I understand that no "main" street runs thru downtown similar to Downers Grove. But if you look at towns like that and Highland Park they still have to be doing something to make sure businesses are of interest to residents and visitors. But shoppers and diners will go out of there way if there is something there that entices them. We have plenty of empty stores sitting there that we need to do something with. A Medical Park will not bring in tax revenue like shops will. And really - another park? What is that going to do for the hard working residents who already pay too high of property taxes?
Edward Andrysiak June 18, 2012 at 04:42 PM
it would seem that an Interactive Park, as described, would better serve the community if it was incorporated into the Herritage Quarries Area. Perhaps later a I and M Canal project would join as an attraction. I understand that the desire is to bring folks to the downtown more directly but, any real spending of money will be done at our eating places. If folks are attracted to Lemont, to the quarries, it is likely they will dine here as well. We need a major attraction and development and not small fragmented projects that have minimal impact. (Full disclosure...I do own some quarry property but it would not likely benifit in any way)
Amanda Luevano (Editor) June 18, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Monica, I believe one of the buildings is already there. I will get the full story tonight.
Mike June 19, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Lemont is at a disadvantage to other communities with thriving downtown areas because there simply aren't that many residents in walking distance to the downtown area. If downtown residential is developed it will provide a strong base for restaurants, shops, bars, etc. Right now there simply isn't a strong enough base to support downtown businesses. Anything that makes the downtown area more residential friendly, including a park, is a great idea.
James Smith June 19, 2012 at 06:30 AM
Lemont should do what Bolingbrook did with The "Promenade" or like the "Burr Ridge Village Center"........Lemont officials please look at what those 2 cities did... Lemont needs something like that..... You have to leave Lemont for just about everything ! We are stuck in the 1980's.....like wow....we have a Target and Kohls....OMG !
Kerry June 19, 2012 at 01:14 PM
James, where would a development like you suggest be?
Kerry June 19, 2012 at 01:26 PM
James, Bolingbrook and Burr Ridge did not develop those centers. Private developers did.
Carla Vasile June 19, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I don't think doing something like the Promenade is necessary. We just need a make-over that's all...a little TLC showered upon the downtown area. A sort of scaled down version of Naperville's boardwalk. Festivals and events besides Keepataw and Heritage, Halloween Ho-Down and St. Pat's would be nice, too. And above all...PR is needed when there IS something going on. We have such a lovely sweet town...we don't have to add to it and have more places sitting open. We have to enhance what is already there.
Kerry June 19, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I agree ,Carla
Shelley Taylor June 20, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Just to clarify, the proposed park would be incorporated with the quarries. It would be at the trailhead entrance, right next to Safety Village, another Lemont Junior Woman's Club project. Shelley Taylor, LJWC
Pam Small June 20, 2012 at 06:24 AM
Full disclosure? Where is your property?
Edward Andrysiak June 20, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Pam Small...six ac in center of Great lakes Quarry, look at the Heritage Quarries Recreation Area brochure which has a plot map in it and shows the private property cross hatched out in red.

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