Plans to bend a portion of Madison Street near Oak Park Avenue was declared dead in April by Oak Park Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb, but the village is still considering narrowing the street to two lanes from Oak Park Avenue to South East Avenue.

Trustees discussed the Madison Street development plan at their meeting on June 6, where Village Manager Cara Pavlicek explained that the village has reissued a request for proposals (RFP) from developers.

The new RFP comes after a proposal by Jupiter Development to bend a portion of the roadway to accommodate a large retail business – likely a grocery store — fell through.

That plan never materialized because the developer could not secure a large anchor tenant, but the so-called “road diet” is still in the mix. 

Abu-Taleb reminded trustees that the village hired consultants to develop plans with and without the bend and lane restrictions, largely because the clock is ticking on the village’s ability to use funds from the Madison Street Tax Increment Finance District to help develop the project. The TIF district expires at the end of the year.

The plan will focus largely on the village-owned parking lot at the northeast corner of Oak Park Avenue and Madison Street.

Jupiter has revealed it will submit a new proposal, which is expected to include a large mixed-use development spanning Oak Park Avenue to Wesley Avenue on the north side of Madison Street as well as property on the south side of the street.

The project also includes repaving Madison Street from Austin Boulevard to Home Avenue, said Public Works Director John Wielebnicki. He noted that would include bike lanes stretching the entire span of the repaving project.

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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