Whiteco granted garage repair extension

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The village-owned Holley Court garage affiliated with the Whiteco development came with its share of controversy after structural issues were discovered during construction.

Whiteco officials formally agreed to pay for the necessary repairs to get the project done up to code, a task that was designed to be completed soon. Now, however, the group will get an extra two months to finish the job after being granted an extension.

The initial construction deadline was Aug. 31, but due to extra work, Whiteco requested the extension. They will get an extra 60 days to complete the structural work.

Jill Velan, the village's interim parking manager, explained that the work being done now consists of preventive measures to ensure the same problems don't come back.

She explained that the company is now required to add concrete jackets around each side of the upgraded columns to provide extra structural security.

Velan said workers have been making progress but needed the brief extension to ensure the job is completed properly. Because they have been making good progress, the extension was recommended by staff.

"The work they have done has been acceptable, Velan said. "It's reasonable to give the short extension. It appears as though they were done on time."

As part of the agreement, Whiteco posted $200,000 in cash in an escrow with First American Title Company, and reimbursed the village for approximately $140,000 in professional engineering fees. Whiteco also agreed to assign its construction contract to the firm that constructed the garage to ensure that warranties contained in that contract run in favor of the village.

"At this stage it would be a substantial undertaking and cause a long delay in repair completion for the village to exercise its option to collect the escrow and complete the repairs," Velan wrote in a report to the board.

Flat Top Grill granted liquor license

Another downtown Oak Park restaurant can now serve liquor again.

Per approval of the village board, Flat Top Grill, 726 Lake St., will be able to bring back its liquor service.

Flat Top Grill was operating without a liquor license after its company filed for bankruptcy, according to village documents. But now that a new group, FT Acquisitions LLC has taken over the company, the restaurant chain is under new ownership, which required issuing a new liquor license in order to serve.

The liquor board recommended approval of the $2,000 license at its July 23 meeting and there was no board discussion at Monday's village board meeting where it was approved in the consent agenda.

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