Crete to use TIF funds for downtown land planning

2013-12-29T00:00:00Z Crete to use TIF funds for downtown land planningGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 29, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CRETE | The Village Board gave its approval Monday to a payment of up to $7,500 to the owner of properties in the downtown business district to help with future development.

Trustees voted without opposition for the measure. Trustee Holly Milburn was absent. It calls for funds from the village’s second tax increment finance district to be used for land planning services.

Village Administrator Tom Durkin had said the plots of land were owned by the same person who owns the gas station at the southeast corner of Main and Exchange streets. They all are contained in the block bounded by Main, Exchange, Wood and Cass streets.

Officials say they do not know what will wind up being developed there. But the land planning services are meant to help officials decide what will wind up being put in those vacant plots.

Officials have said the issue will continue to be discussed by the Village Board in coming months.

In other business, Durkin informed village trustees of his recent discussions with Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning officials concerning future development of the downtown district around Main and Exchange streets.

The village has received state grants to hire consultants to update their comprehensive plan for future development in Crete. Officials say studies previously done for village development are now obsolete.

Officials will be ready to receive requests from potential consultants in March, and hope to hire a consultant shortly thereafter. That consultant would likely take the bulk of 2014 to complete the work, Durkin said.

“I’m encouraged that we’re going to get a professional consultant, rather than a staffer from CMAP” to do the study, Durkin said.

The village’s study will take place along with a study by the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association that is meant to determine the potential for economic development around Ill. 394 and Ill. 1 between Interstate 80 near South Holland and Beecher near the Will-Kankakee County border, an area that includes the east side of Crete.

Among those present for Monday’s Village Board session was Fire Chief Lyle Bachert who underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery in November. Bachert, who has been fire chief since 1991, is not yet back on the job, although he said he is recovering well.

“I don’t have a report” for the Village Board, Bachert said. “I’m just getting out of the house.”

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