A new development is under construction at the intersection of Grove Avenue and Roosevelt Road. Garden Grove Townhomes, a 12-unit, 3-story development is expected to be finished in a year.

The new project is being built at a time when Oak Park, Berwyn, and Cicero are devoting more attention to their shared border. They have been in talks since last year on how to encourage economic development along the Roosevelt Road corridor.

Developers are finding the area economically viable already.

“Roosevelt Road is a prime area for Oak Park where you have more business opportunities and resources than you have in other areas,” said developer John Shack of Grove and Roosevelt, LLC.

His company also built the Clarence Square Townhomes just blocks from the Garden Groves Townhomes on Roosevelt Road. That project, he said, has been successful and its 18 units are almost sold out.

Garden Grove architect John Schiess agreed that Roosevelt Road is becoming a more active area economically. “There are more places to eat breakfast, coffee stores, and bookshops,” he said.

Currently, workers at the site are doing underground construction. During the fall, they will be installing bricks, which is a noisy process. Construction at the site will go on between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Shack said.

At last week’s meeting to inform neighbors about the ongoing project, neighbors raised concerns about where construction vehicles would be parked.

Kathy Zaniolo of PHS Locksmiths, located near the site on Roosevelt, said in an interview that parking is her major concern. “We only have seven spaces available for our businesses,” she said, speaking for the 6800 block of Roosevelt.

Shack said his company will be requesting parking in front of the construction site on Roosevelt Road to avoid having to park in front of neighboring businesses and residences.

Other than parking, Zaniolo was enthusiastic about the new development and other recent changes on Roosevelt Road.

“The improved appearance of Roosevelt Road, we hope, will attract more shoppers,” she said. “The Walgreens, the CVS and the Dunkin’ Donuts have really perked things up.”

Mike Stewart, who organized last week’s meeting and lives on Grove near the construction site, said he is satisfied with Schiess’ and Shack’s accommodations for neighbors.

Stewart said the last planned project, proposed by developer Tom Ferguson, included an underground parking garage, 30 condos, and a restaurant. The Village of Oak Park and the Roosevelt Road Business Association wanted a mixed-use development, he said, but Schiess’ and Shack’s plan includes only residential units.

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