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Study Description

The RTA, in partnership with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) coordinated a panel of development experts to provide input, guidance and advice to the City of Oak Forest as they work to attract TOD in the Oak Forest Metra station area. This Developer Discussion Panel was part of plan implementation efforts related to the Chicago Southland TOD Corridor Planning Study Phase II study that included the preparation of pre-development work and associated market supportable conceptual development plans for a specific development site located in proximity to the Oak Forest Metra station. For more information on the Phase II study please visit

Program:Community Planning
Program Year:2013
Project Type(s):Developer Panel
Grantee:City of Oak Forest
Current Activities:The Developer Discussion Panel took place on December 10, 2013 and the Summary Report can be found below in the Study Documents. This discussion helped the Village finalize a 60-unit IHDA-funded rental development located along 157th street adjacent to the Oak Forest Metra Station. This project received preliminary approval from IHDA in 2014 and construction may begin in 2015.

In early 2015, the RTA applied for CMAQ funds on behalf of the City for pedestrian improvements and bike signage in the Metra station area. Chosen CMAQ projects were announced in October 2015 and the Oak Forest project was included.
Information Updated:September 2017
SourceInitial PlanDeveloper PanelTotal
Study Documents
Oak Forest Developer Panel Summary Report (December, 2013)
Related Studies
Chicago Southland TOD Corridor Planning Study Phase II Implementation (2011)
Related Transit Assets
Metra Stations:Oak Forest (RI-Main) accessible
Pace Bus Routes:364 159th Street accessible
383 South Cicero accessible
Related Jurisdictions
Municipalities:Oak Forest
US Congressional Districts:1 Bobby Rush
Illinois Senate Districts:15 Napoleon Harris, III
Illinois House Districts:30 William Davis
County Board Districts:Cook 5, Cook 6
Chicago Wards:none
Councils of Mayors:South
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