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Study Description

This project developed plans for two commuter rail station areas in the Village of Tinley Park, the Oak Park Avenue Station located in the downtown and the 80th Avenue station located southwest of the downtown. For the Oak Park Avenue Station, the project identified mixed-use redevelopment opportunities to revitalize the commercial core surrounding the station. The 80th Avenue Station scope of work focused on civic uses, expanded parking, and improved access to the station. The study was completed in September 1998.

Program:Community Planning
Program Year:1998
Project Type(s):Transit-Oriented Development Plan
Grantee:Village of Tinley Park
Current Activities:A new station was rebuilt between 2002-2005 at the Oak Park Avenue stop on the Rock Island Line that includes a café and a clock tower with 360* views of the station area. Additionally, a new station at the 80th Avenue stop opened in the Spring of 2012.

The Village was selected for inclusion in the 2014 Community Planning Program of Projects for a Developer / Financial Advisory Panel. The Panel convened on October 14th, 2014 and a summary report of the discussion can be found below under "Related Studies".

The Village is working with a private developer to build an apartment building across from the Oak Park Avenue Station called The Boulevard at Central Station. Construction has not yet begun as the developer is still pursuing financing.

Another housing development could take placeat the former site of Central Middle School, just a block north of the Metra station, which the village bought several years ago. The village has had interest from town home developers, although no formal plans for building on the property have been submitted.

Also among the short-term goals is to expand Zabrocki Plaza, immediately east of the Oak Park Avenue Metra station, to increase space for activities that draw people into the downtown, and at the same time to showcase the downtown's amenities to people from outside Tinley Park. Because any expansion would impact parking spaces in the Metra lot, the village would have to make up for those lost spaces elsewhere near the station, and discussions with Metra about that have been ongoing.

The Village also secured funding for a new traffic light at 80th Avenue and Timber Drive to help control traffic in the Metra station area. 'The Boulevard' - a mixed use project consisting of 165 units and 29,853 sq. ft of commercial space at South St and 67th Ave, was approved in September 2018. In addition, a 40,000 sq. ft public infrastructure project 'Harmony Square' was approved in June 2018.
Information Updated:September 2019
SourceInitial PlanDeveloper PanelTotal
Study Documents
Transit-Oriented Development Plans for the Oak Park Avenue Station Area and the 80th Avenue Station Area in The Village of Tinley Park, Illinois (September, 1998)
Related Studies
Tinley Park Developer / Financial Advisory Panel (2014)
Related Transit Assets
Metra Stations:80th Avenue (Tinley Park) (RI-Main)
Tinley Park (RI-Main) accessible
Related Jurisdictions
Counties:Cook, Will
Municipalities:Tinley Park
US Congressional Districts:1 Bobby Rush, 3 Dan Lipinski
Illinois Senate Districts:19 Michael E. Hastings
Illinois House Districts:37 Margo McDermed, 38 Debbie Meyers-Martin
County Board Districts:Cook 17, Cook 6, Will 2
Chicago Wards:none
Councils of Mayors:South
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