What Should Go Here?
When Community Motors shut down, it also shut off a significant source of revenue in Oak Forest. Now the city's trying out a new tax financing district to help attract new businesses. But you tell us—what should go there?
As it stands, the former site of Community Motors is doing Oak Forest more harm than good. The 8-acre plot is losing value each day it stands vacant, and something has to be done, said Community Development Director Adam Dotson.
Officials are trying to restore the property to its previously bustling status. Recently, aldermen signed off on a special taxing incentive district to help draw business back to the area near 159th and Terrace Drive. The area encompasses the former dealership, Oak Forest Dental, Bjorklund Group Home and a church. Officials previously batted around the idea of a baseball academy, that had its drawbacks advantages, supporters and critics.
But we want to know: What do you think should go here? Leave your suggestions in the Comments section below.
Some Facebook fans had a few ideas, like a gym or a Whole Foods, for example. For the purpose of this discussion, while you're pondering what kind of business should go there—a burger joint, a coffee shop, a clothing store—try to think also about how whatever goes there should look and interact with the nearby business district and neighborhood.
Have at it.