Photo by Joe Boyle
Workers have laid down some of the foundation for the Ricky Rockets Fuel Center along 95th Street in Hickory Hills.
By Joe Boyle
The long-awaited construction has begun for the Ricky Rockets Fuel Center in Hickory Hills.
The crew from the George Sollit Construction Company were at work on Friday at 7717 W. 95th St., which used to be the site of the Lexington House. City officials hope to have Ricky Rockets operating sometime next year.
Hickory Hills Building Commissioner John Moirano said that the construction company is putting in the foundation now. After meeting with the owners of Ricky Rockets, Moirano said the schedule for construction is moving along.
After the closing of the Lexington House, a Drive Time Building eventually took over the property. The business, however, closed and was demolished this past spring to make room for Ricky Rockets.
The fuel center will also include a car wash and a separate retail plaza just east of the 95th Street Produce market.
"We remain optimistic that the adjacent retail center will have several desirable business tenants to serve our community," stated Mayor Mike Howley during a recent city website post.
Ricky Rockets operates out of Hoffman Estates and most recently Midlothian. After discussing the possibility of Ricky Rockets operating in Hickory Hills, Howley received what he said were rave review about the operations in Hoffman Estates and Midlothian. With the construction of a Ricky Rockets in Hickory Hills, this will be the sixth location overall for the business.
The one main difference at the Hickory Hills site is that this Ricky Rockets will be the only one to have video gaming. Howley said the project became a reality through the efforts of the city and the Illinois Department of Transportation.
The mayor said that the annual Howling in the Woods 5K run, which is usually held near Halloween, will be cancelled this year. Howley also said Halloween activities will not be held.
"If we have inclement weather, which we often have, that means the kids would have to be moved inside," Howley said. "That could be a recipe for disaster."
Sue Lehr, the public works director, said that road repairs along Roberts Road are moving along. Patch work and seal coating is taking place just north of 95th Street, Lehr said. She added that work on curbs is taking place.
Howley read a letter sent from Justice Police Chief Kraig McDermott thanking Hickory Hills Police Chief Charles Hobart for his department's concern and assistance after the sudden death of Justice Cpl. Joseph Pavlik, 33, on July 22. "Chief Charles Hobart reached out to our department without hesitation," Howley read during the meeting. "And the Hickory Hills police were beyond exceptional. Everyone at the Justice Police Department thanks the Hickory Hills Department for all they have done."
The board also approved the ordinance for the Cook County Relief Fund Agreement, which provides funds related specifically to COVID-19, such as cleaning expenses.
The board also approved an invoice for the Riccio Construction Corp. to do the work on the 97th Place water main replacement project. The cost for the water main replacement will be $34,789, according to City Engineer Mike Spolar.
The board approved JX Truck Center to operate at 9620 S. 76th Ave. The new owner is Erik Jorgensen. The new owner will be operating the same business format of Paccar Leasing, which has been in Hickory Hills for the last 20 years.
Council members also approved unanimously a new business, Hickory Hills Nutrition, 8075 W. 95th St. Cortez Hicks, the owner, said that business will provide healthy smoothies, energy teas, protein bars through the Herbalife Nutrition and Weight Management Company.