by Alejandro Cortez
Neighbors of Turano Bakery have won a legal victory as a judge has halted the demolition of homes and construction of parking lots behind the Roosevelt Road factory.
At a Feb. 10 hearing, Cook County Judge Kathleen Kennedy ordered the bakery and the city of Berwyn to comply with the city ordinances and receive a zoning permit for the work on the parking spaces.
Since then, Turano has stopped all demolition until it gets its paperwork in order. Neighbors had initially stopped demolition when Judge Kennedy gave them a temporary restraining order against Turano in late January.
“The TRO (temporary restraining order) has been dismissed and Turano is currently in the process of doing the application for a zoning permit but it has not been presented yet,” Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero said last Friday.
A November n explosion and fire at Turano’s parking garage, across Roosevelt Road in Oak Park, put the bakery in a jam. It needed a place to park its delivery trucks.
Later, Berwyn’s 8th District Alderman Nora Laureto wrote a letter to Lovero and the City council stating,
“I am asking for City Council approval to allow Turano to move forward as quickly as possible for demolition and graveling of the area.”
Artistic sketch of the planned architectural set-up for the new plaza.
Berwyn city council members have high hopes that a planned redevelopment of the northeast corner of Harlem and Cermak will help revitalize the city’s economy.
The council unanimously approved the plan on Sept. 14 and the agreement with the developer on Sept. 28, to turn the area into an eating and shopping center.
The chief planner, Timothy Hague, of Keystone Ventures, believes that renovations will bring tax revenue, higher real estate values, and new employment to Berwyn.
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 originator of the project was the Berwyn Development Corporation, said Drew B. Krisco of Bern Realty, LLC.
Berwyn’s 7th Ward Alderman, Rafael Avila, has high hopes for the area, and said that it should bring in new residents to Berwyn.
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.