Tinley Park Takes Another Step in 'Hometown Hero Walk'
Village officials recently awarded two contracts for the local veterans plaza.
The site — it should be completed by Veterans Day 2012, officials have said — will honor military heroes from all five branches of the U.S. armed forces. A village board committee approved earlier this month a $23,900 design cost for the project, according to village documents.
"The plaza will have a 300-foot-long walkway from the train station through the commuter lot, consisting of paver bricks in one segment and a 'hometown hero walk' with oak tree landscaping and stone memorial headstones," reported the Sun-Times Media on Nov. 25. "The walkway was included in the train station renovation project, which saved the village about $60,000 in construction costs ..."
The hero walk will honor local veterans who have served in U.S. wars between 1915 and 2015, the Sun-Times Media reported.
Officials recently approved the hiring of Site Design Group to guide the process. They'll get $13,500 to prepare bid specifications for the hero walk, while another company, Project Management Advisors, will get $10,400 to hire a construction company for that work, according to the Sun-Times story.
Some of the project will be paid for through a $100,000 state grant, while another portion will be funded through the sale of engraved bricks that will pave the walkway. Residents can buy the commemorative stones to honor their loved ones, officials have said.
They hope to sell 1,300 of the 4 inch by 4 inch engraved bricks at $100 each and 125 of the 8 inch by 8 inch bricks at $200 a piece, reported the Sun-Times Media last week. That money will make lights, flagpoles and some decorative landscaping possible, board documents said.