Issue: Orland Park is No Longer a Destination
- Orland Park and Neighboring Town residents bypass Orland Square for shopping in Oak Brook and Bolingbrook.
- In 2006 & 2008 Orland Park was in Money Magazine’s top 100 places to live. We have not been on the list since.
My economic development plan will drive Orland Park to become a destination again.
- Economic Diversification
- Capital Re-investment
- Smart Incentives
ORLAND SQUARE MALL
The town’s most important physical asset must be protected.
- Satellite Police Station – Place a Satellite Police Station inside the mall on a cost-shared basis to improve Mall safety and shopper perceptions
- Work with Simon Property Group (owners of the mall) and Anchor Stores to encourage expansion and/or new formats to revitalize the Village’s largest asset, Orland Square Mall
Issue: Poorly Planned and Delayed Road Improvement Projects
- LaGrange Road Project will take 2 years longer than planned to complete causing significant business disruption and travel disruptions
- 159th Street Project is well behind schedule and will not be complete in 2017
- Too many arteries are under construction at one time
- Medians are poorly planned from a landscape maintenance perspective
IMPROVED PLANNING AND COORDINATION
Coordinate more effectively with other government entities to ensure that roads are completed on time or that delays are less disruptive.
INCLUDE LOCAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN PLANNING PROCESS
Issue: Poorly Utilized Village Recreation Assets
- Village owned Baseball, Softball and Soccer are unused for large portions of the year when weather conditions are favorable for use
- Village buildings, for example the Community Center, are poorly utilized
Coordinate with community advisory boards and commissions to:
- Identify new recreational offerings
- Find alternative uses for facilities
- Improve access and utilization of open lands