Bill Giving Mental Health Center Land To Park District Passes House

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SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Tinley Park-Park District is just one signature away from owning the much-coveted Tinley Mental Health Center acreage.

House lawmakers voted Thursday in favor of amended legislation turning the land over to the public entity, after the measure was passed by the Senate last week. The bill, which would mean sale of the land to the park district for $1, now heads to the desk of Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Sen. Mike Hastings (D-Frankfort) pitched the amendment to House Bill 3743 one week ago. The revised legislation prohibits any form of gaming at the site, supporting feedback of local residents, and saves Tinley Park taxpayers the estimated $4.5 million price tag to purchase the site.

“We are very grateful to members of the General Assembly for supporting our vision for the Mental Health Center to create new recreational opportunities and green space to benefit the entire Southland region,” said Park District Board President Marie Ryan. “The Park Board of Commissioners is hopeful Gov. Pritzker will sign the legislation into law, and we can partner with the state to begin needed environmental cleanup at the site.”

The legislation is the latest chess move in a months-long process following the state’s listing the vacant land and buildings among its surplus property in October 2022. By listing it, the state opened the acquisition process to all interested parties.

Among those vying for it, were the park district and the Village of Tinley Park, both as sole entities. Last November, the Park District formally bid on the property located at 7400-7600 W. 183rd St. The park district’s bid shocked the Village, triggering what many have seen as an increasingly contentious relationship between the two. The resulting tension has led to cancelation of traditions, negation of handshake agreements and intergovernmental agreements, and harsh criticism from the community.

The park district in December gave a glimpse of its plans for the property, which would include a sports dome, hub of athletic fields, track and field facilities and open recreational space—plans they say received praise from more than a dozen legislators and public officials.

Phase 1 of property development includes a playground and sports facilities fully accessible for people living with special needs, multipurpose athletic fields, a domed sports complex with a full-size soccer field, a stadium with a track, a splash pad, concession stands, spectator stands, lighting, ample parking, as well as a pond, picnic areas and open green space.

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May 25, 2023 at 09:39PM

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