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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 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, , and a church. Officials previously 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.

Sarah J February 24, 2012 at 07:43 PM
LOVE this idea!!!!
Jennifer Bitunjac Lody February 24, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I wrote a nice response and then said I wasn't logged in and deleted what I typed. Nice! What my original post said was that as an Oak Forest resident I would enjoy a 24-hour sports center/gym with a swimming facility. The current Oak Park fitness/sport/gym facility doesn't have great hours for the workin' folk. I only bothered to check years ago--but remember the hours were odd for a gym. Our previous gym experience was upwards of $100 a month for the gym w/swimming pool in Orland Park--a lot of Oak Forest residents were members with us. I didn't even realize Oak Forest had a pool until 5 years in. Just would be great to have a facility open 24 hours with either a pool/spa/steam room available year round. I agree with other posters...NO car places.
Jennifer Bitunjac Lody February 24, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Second part: Just thinking about normal shopping like food--Food for Less and Jewel are great in Oak Forest (Dominicks is missed as well), gas stations (I do llike the facility on Cicero already and the corner of 167th is great too), clothing, now here is Oak Forest's problem, in our area (167th) I would either go to Fashion Bug in Orand, the mall in Orland, some of the strip mall shops in Tinley. I have gone to TJ Max and Burlington in Oak Forest. Would be nice to have a Target closer or another clothing store. Even our craft store is closed on Sundays! To me that doesn't make any sense, but whatever. And some of the 'breakfast' restaurants that we have close so early and don't serve lunch. So there is a lot of room for business/comsumer spending increase opportunities in Oak Forest.
phxdr February 24, 2012 at 10:12 PM
The gym is not going to happen. 90% of Americans enjoy getting their Mcdonalds and sitting behind the TV watching Fox News or Dancing with the Stars. You have Xsport now in Crestwood, Cardinal Fitness all over, and Lifetime in Orland. Put a fork in that idea..its done. The fact is a big part of getting business in here is getting the people in office out.
Baba Wawa February 24, 2012 at 10:29 PM
What about the Ikea in Bolingbrook?

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