Plan Implementation

Since the completion of the Harlem Avenue Corridor (HAC) Plan, the Southwest Conference of Mayors (SCM) continues to work actively with the HAC Steering Committee to implement key recommendations of the plan, including economic development and transportation recommendations.

The SCM hosted the HAC Development Summit in September, 2013. The Summit was held to highlight development potential for 10 key redevelopment opportunities totaling over 350 acres that are available along the Harlem Avenue Corridor. The Summit began with a bus tour of key properties and ended with a luncheon presentation at Toyota Park, and the opportunity to meet with officials from the ten participating communities. The goal of the Summit was to take the economic development recommendations to the next level, by marketing these parcels and communities to the larger development community.

Since the Summit, two of the sites have significant development pending:

- The Palos Heights Gateway site has a development pending called, “The Boardwalk.” The Boardwalk includes a mix of restaurants, retail, condos, and a boutique hotel overlooking Lake Katherine. Detailed development plans are due before the Palos Heights City Council in June 2014. More information is available here.

- Toyota Park has several developments underway:

  • Circle K, a national owner and operator of gas/convenience stations, will open on an out lot at Toyota Park located at Harlem Avenue and 71st. Additional information on this development is available.

  • Clean Energy, a leading provider in natural gas fueling stations is locating a fueling station at Harlem and 71st Street. With the heavy industrial truck traffic in the immediate area, Clean Energy will be a natural gas fueling option for trucks and other NG vehicles. Additional details are available.

  • A new transit center is under construction by Pace Suburban Bus. Construction is underway, with an opening expected in late Summer 2014. The Toyota Park Transit Center is expected to increase public transportation options for the residents of Bridgeview and the nearly 500,000 annual visitors to Toyota Park.