Berwyn redevelopment of Harlem and Cermak gets the green light

Berwyn’s Committee of the Whole Meeting, which took place on Tuesday, September 14th, 2010, ended with the council voting on many proposals affecting the community.
One major decision was the unanimous vote to approve redevelopment plans on the northeast corner of Harlem and Cermak. Timothy Hague of Keystone Ventures said that the next step is to introduce the redevelopment plans to the community, once redeveloping agreements are made, outlining responsibilities for developers. According to Hague, Keystone Ventures, partnering with Bern Realty and J& P Properties, will most likely be working on the project for the next year.
The project focuses on turning the area into an eating and shopping center, with room for growth and prosperity. Hague believes that the new area will bring in state tax revenue, higher real estate value, and new employment to the City of Berwyn. He also believes that it will encourage new residents to choose Berwyn as their home, and will allow for higher quality retail opportunities.
The meeting also discussed the downsizing on all holiday decorations in Berwyn, due to economic cutbacks and John Hagan mentioned that Berwyn is having a few “cash flow” problems, as the State of Illinois is four months behind on paying back debts, totaling around $1.5 million. The council also voted unanimously to name September 12th the “Ides of March Day,” to commemorate the dedication of the Ides of March Street.
The honoring of several Berwyn Police Officers, the Berwyn Police Communications team, and a witness, also took place at the meeting. The actions of these men and women during a Harris Bank Robbery in Berwyn, led to the arrest of a 74-year-old man who has also been linked to five different bank robberies in the past.
Overall, during the meeting, the council voted unanimously on all decisions made.

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