By Dan Haley
The current Oak Park village board will go out Monday night with a bang not a whimper as it takes up two issues at its final pre-transition meeting that are sure to make news.
The village board will hear a presentation from a developer which will propose a mixed use retail and residential project for the so-called Colt site, the village owned property which fronts Lake Street in Downtown Oak Park. The proposal from Clark Street, long ago chosen by the village as its "preferred site developer" for Colt, will also include property the village more recently purchased on Westgate.
The Colt property is currently used as a very popular surface parking lot.
The agenda for the Monday meeting was released late Friday and says that Clark Street's proposals will include both residential and retail "as well as related public improvements for the site." Previous discussions of the Colt site have included space for a public parking facility and a north-south street that would fall between Harlem and Marion.
At the same meeting the village board will also direct staff to seek alternative development proposals for the same site.
Monday will also see an attempt to resolve the controversy over President-elect Anan Abu-Taleb holding a liquor license for his Maya del Sol restaurant while also serving as the village's liquor commissioner. Outgoing Village President David Pope will introduce an ordinance Monday night that would sync current village liquor laws with amendments now being rushed through the state legislature that would allow Oak Park to have an elected official other than the village president serve as liquor commissioner.
The proposal may or may not be controversial with some current village board members.