We did it! We officially closed on the former Tinley Park Mental Health Center site for only $1 on February 23. After over a decade, the Park District has taken ownership of this vacant land and is well underway to clean it up for redevelopment. Now that’s progress!
We gathered at the site to celebrate the news of the property’s closing as well as the Park District’s obtaining $15 million in state dollars to fund the environmental cleanup work necessary to revitalize the property.
We are so proud to be turning this blighted property into another reason to love Tinley parks! Our Board of Commissioners Donald Cuba, Bernie O’Boyle, Lisa O’Donovan, Ashley Rubino, and Marie Ryan have shown great leadership to get us to this point.
Find pictures and videos from our celebration here.
Cleaning Up the Property
Cleaning up this eyesore is our #1 priority. Before even officially owning the site, we began environmental clean-up work of the land. In the fall, we engaged environmental firm Tetra Tech to conduct an updated environmental study of the land to determine the extent of remediation work needed.
Homer Landscaping also dramatically cut back vegetation and overgrowth on the property to provide access to roads and buildings on the site and help pave the way for the rest of the clean-up process. You’ve probably noticed those changes driving by!
Crews are working to remove three underground storage tanks that remain on the property. This is a safe process that will not affect residents.
Once the underground tanks are removed, clean-up work will move to removing asbestos and any other regulated materials in the vacant buildings on site and demolishing all buildings. That work will be done with many precautions in place to ensure the safety of the surrounding community. We will be sharing much more on this process as it gets closer.
Find copies of environmental reports so far below.
The clean-up process is being led by our expert team of former Illinois EPA Director Renee Cipriano, leading environmental attorney Elizabeth Harvey, and Project Manager Michael Maloney, all under the oversight of the IEPA. Our experts are helping us ensure the safety of environmental work done at the site and make sure we receive the IEPA’s stamp of approval to redevelop the site once clean-up work is done.
Remediate 280 Committee
We did it! After many years of inaction, the Park District will be taking ownership of the former mental health center property for only $1, and we’re cleaning it up using $15 million in state funding! We’re saving Tinley Park taxpayers over $4.5 million to purchase the site, which the Village had previously offered for the land, and saving taxpayers to finally clean up this eyesore!
We’re very grateful to the leadership of our Park Board of Commissioners for their work to get this done: Board President Marie Ryan and Commissioners Bernie O’Boyle, Donald Cuba, Lisa O’Donovan, and Ashley Rubino.
Cleaning Up the Property
Cleaning up this eyesore is our #1 priority. An environmental firm is currently conducting an updated study to guide the work to knock down buildings and remediate the site. The first phase of the Environmental Site Assessment study has already been completed – learn more about Phase 1 here.
While the clean-up process will take time, you may have already noticed changes on the property as we’ve significantly cut back weeds, grass, trees and general overgrowth that had not been tended to on the property for many years.
You can also find a copy of the report regarding asbestos and lead paint contamination on site here.
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