New frozen custard shop coming to Homewood in 2018

Halsted Street's food options will make a swap next year, exchanging spicy for sweet.

Homewood Mayor Richard Hofeld announced at the Dec. 12 board of trustees meeting that Freddie's Frozen Custard will be replacing Taco Bell at 17601 Halsted St.

The chain has about 200 locations in a number of states but is primarily located in the Kansas City area, Hofeld said. The company broke ground last fall for a shop in Orland Park. The Homewood shop will be its second in the Chicago area.

Hofeld said the Taco Bell building will be razed and groundbreaking for a new building is expected to occur in the spring. The shop is projected to open by fall 2018.

In other business, the board approved the 2017 property tax levy of $6.3 million, a 4.9 percent increase over the 2016 levy.

The board also paid bills totaling $904,047. The largest portion, $334,883, was paid to the escrow fund managed by a court appointed receiver for the city of Harvey's water accounts. 

In recent months, the village has been paying water fees directly to the city of Chicago as the result of a court ruling. A new ruling Dec. 6 directed Homewood to pay the escrow account instead. 

Trustees approved the 2018 street resurfacing project, which will include repairs to:
  • 184th Street from Kedzie Avenue to Kimball
  • Birch Road from Loomis Avenue to Riegel Road
  • Cedar Road from Harwood Avenue to Ashland Avenue
  • Vincennes from Pine Road to Dixie Highway
  • Village hall alley 60 feet west from Dixie Highway 
  • Merchant Park parking lot in the 18300 block of Harwood Avenue.
The project will include pavement patching, curb repairs, drainage structure and installation of Americans with Disabilities Act features, according to a memo from Public Works Director John Schaefer to Village Manager Jim Marino. 

The project will cost about $395,000, with $345,000 coming from Motor Fuel Tax funds and $50,000 from the village's 2017 capital expense bond.

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