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SOUTH HOLLAND | The Village Board gave its support to a significant property tax break for a developer that wants to turn a former auto dealership into a car wash along with retail and restaurant properties.

Trustees voted 5-0 Monday to recommend a Class 8 property tax resolution, which urges the Cook County Board to grant a break that would cut property taxes by more than 50 percent for the site at 1111 E. 162nd St.

That is the site of the former Dick James Ford auto dealership, which now sits vacant.

A company called DKM wants to turn one-third of the 3.3-acre site into the Extreme Clean Express Car Wash. The company proposes to demolish existing structures and build new ones to accommodate a car wash, some retail shops and a restaurant, according to Village Attorney Timothy Lapp.

As of now, officials do not know what type of stores or what kind of restaurant would be included in the project, Village President Don De Graff said. but he said the project is “an exciting thing to note” because a car wash “can cause the development of two more businesses.”

Trustees also voted 5-0 for a tax increment finance inducement resolution that could make the developers eligible for some financial assistance from the village.

But Lapp emphasized that developers have not been promised any specific help.

“This says we’re interested and we’ll look at the numbers,” he said. “But there is no obligation on our part to provide anything.”

Village Trustee Larry DeYoung said he likes this project in large part because of the developers, who he called “young dynamos."

“They’re young guys, just the kind of people we like to attract to our town,” he said.

In other business, the Village Board awarded a contract to Hasse Construction Co., of Calumet City, to handle drainage improvements at the fire station at 1450 E. 170th St. The company will be paid $85,500, the lowest of four bids, although Village Engineer Pat Barker said the bid was about 14 percent higher than the estimated cost of just under $75,000.

Also, De Graff said village officials are hoping to have a memorial service Oct. 20 for Gene Ossello, a 40-year resident of South Holland who died Thursday at age 100.

Ossello moved to the south suburb from the Chicago's Roseland neighborhood, and took to his adopted community, becoming the longtime president and executive director of the South Holland Business Association.

De Graff described him as “South Holland’s No. 1 ambassador.”


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