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Say Goodbye: Tinley Ice to be Demolished Next Week

Taxpayers are fronting the bill, but a deal hatched out earlier this year gives the village a lien on the property to recover the money.

Demolition of the vacant Tinley Ice is slated to begin next Wednesday after the building is stripped of salvageable materials and items requested by the .

Village manager Scott Niehaus said demolition contractors will spend several days looking “meticulously” for steel and sheet metal with resale value. That process could begin as early today.

The downtown structure where ice was made and packaged opened in 1972 and closed in 2006. Since the company moved production to University Park, the building has , often accompanied with the word “eyesore,” from public officials. It’s the largest building in the footprint of .

Aesthetics aside, the property is “an attractive nuisance for kids or other nayer-do-wells in terms of vandalism” and has been at times a safety hazard, Niehaus said.

“While I don’t think it’s a threat anymore, we have had, in the past, ammonia leaks on that property,” he said.

The took photographs of the interior and exterior of the building in April and compiled a list of items, mostly signs, that they’d like to keep, director Brad Bettenhausen said.

Also on the chopping block is a nearby boarded-up home. The Teehan family, of Tinley Park, owns the ice house land as well as several pieces of residential property in the 6700 block of North Street, east of Oak Park Avenue, village director of planning Amy Connolly said.

In February, village trustees approved a demolition deal with the family. Under that agreement, Tinley Park will pay $107,000 to demolish both the ice house and the vacant home in exchange for a lien on the properties that ensures taxpayers are repaid.

If the Teehans decide to demolish any other homes on that block, which are currently occupied, the village is willing to strike a similar deal, Niehaus said.

Meanwhile, the ice house land will be seeded with grass and maintained by the village to be used for any downtown events.

Earlier this year . Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan alleged in a news release that all four companies conspired to circumvent “market forces to maximize profits at the cost and detriment of their customers.”

Victor Tocwish July 08, 2011 at 05:25 PM
It would be extremely unwise to bring movie theaters into Tinley......more problems than what it is worth.....think twice.....it would detract from the downtown area and area residents would be hesitant to go "downtown"
Summer July 09, 2011 at 01:13 AM
Victor, maybe you have not been keeping up with this project! It's now called the 'LEGACY CODE"! Don't worry about the theatre's. That was so very long ago! The board never listened to any of the home owners in the 'TIF' districts (I were in all 3). The village board NEVER listened to any of us or paid attention to our petitions. At least we save the 'eminate domain' homes'. They better not blame this on the recession! YES, we may have held things up with our meeting and petitions, but IF the BOARD had listened to all of us, MAYBE they would have looked at the way the people of the area felt. I have lost over $100,000.00 in property value and it is was nice to live in the land of deterioration and boarded up homes. Vancant buildings everywhere. The village allowed the Bremen Cash store to be gutted (a very big landmark) and then torn down! Thanks Tinley Park! I shopped there as a child! I know I will never live long enough to see what we could have seen, had the board listened to the people! I was a PROUD homeowner in this part of town... I am sadden now and I am really paying for it ~ thanks !

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