Mediterranean restaurant, property donation for HSC approved in Homewood

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Mediterranean restaurant, property donation for HSC approved in Homewood

June 25, 2020 - 14:42

Mediterranean food is coming to Homewood.

The former Delanoe's Pizza on Dixie Highway in Homewood will soon become a Pita Mediterranean Street Food. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

The village board on Tuesday, June 23, approved the sale of the property at 18155 Dixie Highway to Pita Mediterranean Street Food, a fast-casual restaurant. Homewood owned the building through foreclosure. It was formerly Delanoe’s Pizza.

“It better serves the community if we owned this property so that we can stimulate and expedite development that will serve the community and increase property and sales tax revenue. We are now ready to follow through with this philosophy by selling this property for a restaurant use,” Homewood Director of Economic and Community Development Angela Mesaros said in village documents. 

The restaurant owners plan to make $400,000 in improvements before opening, including a grease trap and facade improvements. The village board agreed to pay a portion of those costs. The village will rebate $25,000 of its Places for Eating Tax and will reimburse the cost of the grease trap up to $30,000.

The property is valued at $130,000. The village will sell it to the new owners, Full Moon Development of Hickory Hills, for $10. 

Patricia Barnum, owner of the building currently occupied by ATA Karate for Kids has agreed to donate the building to the village of Homewood for use and the benefit of the Homewood Science Center. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

A second property measure was also approved Tuesday.

ATA Karate for Kids owner Patricia Barnum offered to donate the property at 2018 Ridge Road to the village with the stipulation that it be used by a nonprofit organization that benefits the community. The board approved a plan to make the building available to the Homewood Science Center.

The rear of the property borders the science center at 18022 Dixie Highway. The building is valued at $300,000, according to village documents. 

If all of the space isn’t needed by the science center, a portion can be leased with the proceeds going to fund HSC programs. 

This story originally stated the company asked for $400,000 in incentives. The total request for incentives was $55,000. The Chronicle regrets the error.