Liquor hours extended; new license added

Oak Parkers are going to have an extra hour Monday through Saturday to buy booze in the village, along with an extra three hours on Sunday.

The village board voted Monday to extend the hours during which retailers are allowed to sell packaged liquor, making such purchases lawful every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The change makes sales possible an hour earlier hour Monday through Saturday and three hours earlier on Sunday.

The change is intended to bring Oak Park more in line with neighboring communities, Jerry Ostergaard, head of the liquor control review board, told Wednesday Journal last month.

The village board also voted Monday to grant a packaged liquor license to the Jewel-Osco franchise at 438 W. Madison in Oak Park. The grocer plans to add a 400-square-foot section that will offer wine and beer.

This Jewel location is one of only three in Illinois without a liquor license. About 185 Jewels have full-package licenses, according to village documents. Jewel previously applied for a license but was rejected because its floor plan didn’t comply with village standards. Oak Park, however, has since changed that rule.

Developer submits permits for Oak Park/South Boulevard

Monday was the last day for a developer to pull permits to build a 42-unit condo building at a busy Oak Park corner. And according to village officials, the developer has requested permits to start the foundations and footings of the building.

Developer Tomasz Litwicki is looking to build a condo building at Oak Park Avenue and South Boulevard. The project gained approval from the village board in June 2008, and permits were supposed to be pulled for the project by March 16.

But the board gave the developer an extension last month, with approval expiring on June 16. Steve Witt, director of building and property standards, said they’ve pulled permits to start the foundation, meeting the village’s deadline.

According to the prior approval, construction of the building must start by mid-December.

Marty Stempniak

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