Development plans for former Sabre Room property will be reviewed

  • Written by Sharon L. Filkins


Hickory Hills Mayor Mike Howley told city council members at last Thursday’s board meeting that proposed development plans for the former Sabre Room property will be discussed later this month.

Howley informed the board the old Sabre Room property as 8900 W. 95th St. will be the topic of discussion at the Feb. 23 council meeting.

In early January, Howley had announced that the proposed development plan, known as Sabre Woods Plaza, had been deferred indefinitely because there were still a lot of unanswered questions.

At that time, the mayor explained that the plans which had been presented at the Nov. 10 council meeting by Jim Louthen, development project manager, and Charles Cornelius, Jr., of Chicagoland Realty Service, did not fit the expectation of the city’s zoning board.

Plans presented at that meeting in November for the 30-acre property called for six single-family homes on the west side of the property, a Senior Village, for ages 55 and over, an assisted living campus, including a memory unit, possibly two five-story apartment units and retail/commercial fronting on 95th Street along the eastern edge of the property. Also proposed was an open civic area, green space and retention ponds.

Louthen had stated that the best use for a large portion of the property on the northwest corner could be a park-like location with walking trails, benches, etc., because it is in a wetlands, floodplain area.

Many questions were raised by council members at that meeting regarding retention ponds, apartments units and who would be responsible for the suggested park-like area.

At last Thursday’s meeting, Howley said new information had been presented by the developer so the council will review it on Feb. 23. There is also a committee of the whole meeting at 6:30 p.m., just prior to the regular council meeting at 7:30 p.m.

The council also approved a request from the Hickory Hills Park District to conduct a carnival at the Kasey Meadow Park, located at 8047 W. 91st Place, beginning May 11 and continuing through May 14.

Presenting the request was Dan Maier, recreation director, who said this will be the first carnival for the park district.

“We are planning to hold it at the bottom of the hill in the park. We thought that would be a good place for it. It will be very family-oriented, with rides and games for the kids. It is a medium-size carnival. We wanted to start small and see how things go,” he said.

Maier listed the hours as 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 11; 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, May 12; noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 13; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 14.

He added that on May 12, the carnival will also be open from 3 to 5 p.m., for people with special needs and their families. “It will be free to them for those two hours,” Maier said.

Howley told Maier that he did not have any concerns regarding the carnival.

“I have seen how you and your crew have run many successful events. You are professionals. I have no worries about how this event will go,” he said.

Also approved was a $200 donation made annually to the Hills Baseball/Softball Association.