Homewood approves lot resurfacing, ending townhome development

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Homewood approves lot resurfacing, ending townhome development

October 17, 2020 - 08:42

The Homewood board approved a paving project for the parking lot at village hall that marks the official end of a townhome development once proposed for the property.

The one-acre area near Chestnut Road and Harwood Avenue was to be developed into 24 townhomes by 107 Highwood Holdings. That was first approved in 2018.

Village Manager Jim Marino said that development will not happen and the village is not seeking a new developer for the property.

The lot hasn’t been resurfaced since 1999. The village wants to resurface it before more costly base repair is needed. Handicap accessible sidewalk ramps will also be added and drainage will be improved.

The work will be paid for in part with a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Homewood applied for $125,000 in funding in 2015 to resurface the lot and improve lighting in the Dixie Highway viaduct. 

The viaduct and concrete apron behind the police department building were finished when the remaining funds —$93,750, according to village documents— were suspended by the state due to budget cuts. 

The grant was reinstated in August but construction costs have risen. The village will use $41,500 in bond funds to fill the gap.

Monee firm Iroquois Paving was the lowest of six bidders for the job at $135,178.64. The work is expected to be completed by Nov. 25.