Action by the Evergreen Park Village Board Monday night will provide additional parking space for two upscale restaurants in the village.
Two ordinances were approved at the meeting, one which will benefit an existing restaurant, Thithi’s, a Thai, Vietnamese and French cuisine dining establishment at 91st and Kedzie Avenue. The other restaurant receiving approval was Wu’s, a Japanese steak house, which is under construction at 95th Street and Sacramento Avenue.
The first ordinance approved a purchase and sale agreement for the village to buy property located at 9138 S. Kedzie Ave. at a cost of $70,000. The property consists of a vacant foreclosed residence and is adjacent to Thithi’s Restaurant.
“This property has been vacant for a long time and is in serious disrepair,” said Mayor James Sexton. “We plan to demolish it and turn the property into a parking lot which will be an asset to Thithi’s, which is located next door. We need to do whatever we can to encourage people to come to our fine dining establishments.”
A second ordinance approved is a non-inclusive parking easement dedication for a parking lot located at 2942-2946 W. 95th St. The action will provide additional parking for the Wu’s restaurant.
In other action, approval of a resolution to indemnify the State of Illinois for photo enforcement equipment attached to IDOT facilities was approved with a 4 to 2 vote. Opposing the vote were Trustees Mary Keane and Mark Mazullo.
“If we ever go with the cameras, they would be placed at 95th and Western Avenue and 87th and Kedzie Avenue,” said Sexton.
When questioned after the meeting, Sexton said, “This is just one of the steps we have to go through before anything happens. There will be a lot of steps.”
A request from Fire Chief Ron Kleinhaus to purchase a new ambulance, at a cost of $152,987, was approved. Sexton said the purchase was a planned budget item.
On other matters, Sexton proclaimed the week of Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week and approved a request from the Christmas Without Cancer Organization for a 5K run/walk on Saturday, Oct. 1.
Business certificates were approved for Oxford Insurance Group, Inc., 3146 W. 95th St; Metro Loans LLC, 3148 W. 95th St.; and Thrive Health and Wellness, Inc., a chiropractic office, at 3348 W. 95th St.
Also approved were three office suites for Little Company of Mary Hospital Affiliated Medical Group at 2850 W. 95th St. The suites will include Suite 406, for the General Surgery Group; Suite 204 for the Behavioral Health Group; and Suite 301 for the Dermatology Group.
Sexton also announced that there will be a grand opening for the new Carson’s Store, located near 98th Street and Western Avenue, on Wednesday Sept. 14. Additional information will be available prior to the event.