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TeamRybak

Tinley Park, IL

#1 Feb 16, 2013
Think about why a change is needed. 145-147 and Cicero, EMPTY. Old Walgreens building, EMPTY, Krispie Kreme,EMPTY,,147 and Crawford(pulaski) EMPTY,,Old Family Pride,, EMPTY ,, TAXPAYERS WALLETS??? EMPTY
midloguy30

Midlothian, IL

#2 Feb 16, 2013
Clearly Terry has been ineffective. But I think a better approach would be to talk about her skollset and how that translates into being a good mayor. Should someone get a job based on the inefficiencies of the current job holder?
stormer

Chicago, IL

#3 Feb 16, 2013
Hows is any of this different from anywhere else in the country? Things are bad all over, Midlothian is no exception. You have to be a real prize not to see what everyone everywhere is going through.
midloguy30

Midlothian, IL

#4 Feb 16, 2013
Stormer

Things are worse here. You are in denial.
Josh

Midlothian, IL

#5 Feb 17, 2013
If you knew anything about Midlothian... Walgreens plaza... Is owned by Walgreens itself. Walgreens bought the plaza so they could build the current store. Terry can't do much to put business there... Walgreens can. 147th and Cicero, they have stores lined up to go in, but they need the big store to go in before they can start. They have a grant to make that area look better, they just need the big store to go in which is hard when Crestwood has Walmart down the street. Krispy Kreme is a failing business which only has one left in Illinois, they were unable to adapt to a changing world, he can't do much to help them. The family pride/family home video is being remodeled, the problem was the owner was selling the building for 2mil. And the basement had leaked and had standing water for a large amount of time. Now it has finally being taken care of. Midlothian is not known too much for business because Crestwood is down the street so when business go out, it shows. Crestwood just filled the empty space left from dominiks, it took a very long time to do that, so it may take a while to find the big business. We can only do so much, right now we need Midlothian to look better so business want to come and people want to move here. Splash splash is closed and there will be a vote to build a new one or not. Honestly, if there is no pool in Midlothian than there is really no fun things for kids to do in Midlothian! If we don't update Midlothian we'll end up like Posen
midloguy30

Midlothian, IL

#6 Feb 17, 2013
Terry said in his YouTube video he was going to strengthen theb downtown area. It looks worse now then ever.
midloguy30

Midlothian, IL

#7 Feb 17, 2013
[QUOTE\] Midlothian is not known too much forms business because Crestwood is down the street so when business go out, it shows. Crestwood just filled the empty space left from dominiks, it took a very long time to do that, so it may take a while to find the big business.[/QUOTE]
Take a while? Its been empty for 3-4 years.
Just like the Honda shop and the failed nail or hair joint accross the street. Does Walgreens own those buildings too?

Since: Apr 09

Midlothian, IL

#8 Feb 17, 2013
Actually Josh, the only reason it took Crestwood any time at all to fill the Dominicks site was because Dominicks corporate office didn't want to give up the remainder of their 99 year lease. It took that long to convince them to let the property go. Crestwood had interested parties before Dominicks shuttered it's doors.

Midlothian isn't like that. People aren't banging down our doors to come here. We spent too long keeping car dealerships happy and not enough time putting efforts towards a future. We relied too heavily on them and gambled and lost. I was told since I started following politics in town that TJM turned down the OTB facility years ago when they wanted Midlothian not Crestwood. He felt the car dealerships were our pot of gold. Well he gambled and lost on that one, and it's been a series of bad decisions that got us here. It will take a lot more good decisions than it took bad ones to get here. You can screw up in a hurry, but you can't pull yourself out of it nearly as fast. Whomever is our mayor post the April election had best have some good foresight, or we're really screwed and any progress made lost.

I don't know that Walgreens owns that plaza as Josh says. I do know that it was recently purchased and that it was in bankruptcy for the last 3-4 years (give or take) and that the bankruptcy kept any growth from happening there. Now that it's got a new owner the village may seek to include that plaza in the existing TIFF district too to spur more people to want to move there. I think they are also (the new owners) plannning on updating the property too so that would be good.

As I said in another thread, there is a Hardees looking at the Krispy Kreme property as it is a desirable spot. Time will tell if that happens.

Josh is totally right about the old Family Pride though. The older woman that owns it has been asking far over the property value for years. She wouldn't come down when Family Pride wasn't to buy it, nor would she fix the leaky roof and the basement issue. She alone is the reason they left and why the place is still vacant to this day. You know the old stereotype of the elderly hanging on to old/better times and memories? Well she appears to be a perfect example of that. She needs to get with the times and realize that she would have been better to sell that property years ago when Family Pride wanted it and to do what she has to now to unload it or make it somewhat profitable again. If she can't do that then I doubt anything will happen on that site until she passes on.

Since: Jan 13

Midlothian, IL

#9 Feb 17, 2013
5yr Midlo, I don't doubt the flooding issues but what about all the flooring removed. Family Pride has none of the old 9x9 flooring left and the project all of a sudden is stopped when they have most of Family Home Videos flooring removed. I just want to see the asbestos inspection that should've been conducted for a renovation project like this. Where was the posted village permit or EPA demo/rehab permit?

Since: Jan 13

Midlothian, IL

#10 Feb 17, 2013
That owner should've sold to Family Pride....just a bad business decision on the owners part.

Since: Jan 13

Midlothian, IL

#11 Feb 17, 2013
Haven't had Hardies in forever.
Lifelong Resident

Alsip, IL

#12 Feb 17, 2013
I understand the lack of businesses in Midlothian, but honestly NO ONE could fix our current situation in 4 years. Terry has had to deal with the years of neglect from Murawski. Unfortunately a lot of the changes he has made go unnoticed because you cant see them. If another Mayor wins the upcoming election they will face the same problems, and be subjected to the same criticism. I feel sorry for whomever has that position. The best thing Terry did was get Murawski out of office so some real change could take place. Low taxes are great, but not at the cost of the town.
I want my town back

Alsip, IL

#13 Feb 17, 2013
I agree it will take more than 4 years to bring the village back from TJD days. However the current mayor has done questionable things. One the full time hire of the village attorney that did not need to happen and did to cover up the fact he was given health insurance as a independent contractor. Along with the fact that he is a real estate lawyer and not a municipality lawyer so we are not only have to pay him but also another lawyer when he get stuck. Second is the village administrator who has been connected to underhanded dealings in Wheeling but again we pay him 6 figures. Third the former deputy clerk who not only screwed up the water bill twice in two years costing the village millions of dollars. She gave up the half of her job that she didn't screw up and received no cut in pay. She now does half the job and gets the pay she got before. Not to mention the 4% increase that all village employees got on their pay. We pay higher taxes and they keep spending more money. Of course someone also leaked private information about water bills during the last mid term election. Has anyone answered for these injustices to Midlothian taxpayers no so the MAYOR will answer for them at election time.
plus one

Midlothian, IL

#14 Feb 17, 2013
Didn't he also say the would do an audit on village spending before his election only to say that it wasn't needed shortly after?

And about the gazebo. Shouldn't a seperate account been set up for that project rather then checks being written directly to the village.
And was that whole idea the best use of that land when there is no parking for the short lived businesses across the street.
Midlo biz owner

Munster, IN

#15 Feb 17, 2013
Walgreens doesn't own the plaza. It was bank owned for the last four years or so when the previous owner went BK. it has been sold, and it may take time to get the marketing going there, but at least someone's taking a shot at making it work. Family pride is a victim of the property owners stupidity, and there nothing the mayor can do about it.

As for the dealers, consolidation has been going on for years, and will likely continue to do so. My belief is that until crime is controlled better along the 147th corridor, you won't see many bigger names come calling. One of the issues is the lot sizes along 147 th don't work out well for larger businesses to set up shop there.

It's not easy to start, keep, or relocate a business these days, as banks don't want to lend money and landlords are becoming less and les likely to assist tenants. Ask any tenant in the old Corsis plaza how they like Dave and they'll tell you they don't. Same with the bizs in the Dominoes strip mall. Many of the buildings in midlo are older as well......much to e done, and the village has only so much pull.
interesting

Midlothian, IL

#16 Feb 17, 2013
Just heard Sharon is running for mayor (village president) Before you think she is the answer to whatever problems you think we have, ask her where the cash money went over her years as treasurer for softball. Interesing discrepancies. Having worked with her over the years, I would not trust her. It often looks like she is doing alot, when in reality others were handling things while she took the credit. Just be careful if you vote for her - she puts on a good show.

Since: Apr 09

Midlothian, IL

#17 Feb 17, 2013
Excellent to see some of this posted again. We need to remind voters of everything done, the good, the bad and the ugly before April.
Josh

Midlothian, IL

#18 Feb 17, 2013
When terry went into office our city was an auto city, and he came in when they started to close. He did bring in the one auto dealer into the old dodge dealer, and they had big plans for that land, they were going to build a new dealer... The problem was, the auto industry was and still is in distress. To put in big stores there they have do a lot of water piping because before it was just an auto dealer. I have personally talked to terry and he has told me for 147th and Cicero that they have restraunt lined up for around the big box store (culvers, Chili's, Buffalo Wild Wings) the sign says retail space available. Terry has a plan for that area, the puzzle pieces just need to come together. If you look at the cvs in oak forest. They had strip malls that were supposed to go around it. But they couldn't get them in. The bank even closed over there. He may not be able to get all the businesses in at once because he has to wait for them to come. Terry told me last year there was a nix box store but he didn't want to reveal to much. There is a lot of work to do to the area so it's going to take work. Midlothian has also followed country club hills business plan. A few years ago they began the 20year economic development plan. Country club hills did the same thing and look now. It may not be the safest area but the plan worked. I've lived here my whole life, he is making Midlothian look better which I like because he turned an empty green field and made it look great! And it was all volunteer work. Terry could have kept Midlothian with all of the auto dealerships, and maybe we would have recovered sooner, but the next recession it would have been the same thing if not worse. Terry has set us up better long term. But it will be like a baseball team that needs to rebuild, and we have to rebuild from the ground up! So it's going to take time!
Josh

Midlothian, IL

#19 Feb 17, 2013
if the gazebo land was used for a parking lot, I wouldn't go to the businesses across the streets because, I would have to carry whatever I bought back across the street and I believe it's a mattress store across the street. Honestly the gazebo makes the city look better, I didn't like the idea at first but when I see that now it makes Midlothian look better and I have actually gone their and ate with my family a few times! It makes the city look better which is what we need
Talk Is Cheap

Oak Park, IL

#20 Feb 17, 2013
But I hope its true Josh.

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