Oak Park to give boost to South Marion during construction

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

Though the 100 block of South Marion is under construction and shut off to traffic until November, Oak Park is hoping to give nearby businesses a boost.

Village trustees on Monday approved a $34,400 plan to help the South Marion district market itself. Earlier this month, Oak Park started a $5.5 million construction project — adding brick streets, granite sidewalks and an overhead canopy of decorative lights.

The proposed marketing plan includes $3,000 for a billboard, $7,000 for "construction customer parking support," and $10,000 for newspaper ads. Much of the marketing could come from donated support, including village press releases and TV promos.

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Posted: June 29th, 2011 6:09 PM

Just walked by this afternoon and would like to add that at around 3:30pm nobody was doing anything at the construction site. This project could have been done by Labor Day if they'd work all the daylight hours 6 days a week. Instead we have to live with it until Thanksgiving.

Budget Conscious from Oak Park  

Posted: June 29th, 2011 4:52 PM

I think I must have read this article incorrectly. I better go back and re-read!

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: June 29th, 2011 2:39 PM

TIF funds are being used to pay for the project. Could they also be used to finance the marketing plan?


Posted: June 29th, 2011 8:08 AM

I wish they'd spent some money to instead find a better way to get the construction done. Phases, better engineering, better access to businesses, etc.. Another commuter and I walking to the Green Line the other day just turned to each other and agreed, "wow, the village really screwed this up." The neighborhood has pretty much had the whole summer ruined for some sidewalks we didn't need.

Local Resident from Oak Park  

Posted: June 28th, 2011 11:49 PM

Really, we are paying for their marketing? I am sure they'd be happy to pay us back when they have heated sidewalks and marble curbs!?

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