Here's a list of the upcoming properties in Forest Park

Nine new residential and retail properties will soon come to Forest Park, although local developers can't claim responsibility for any of the new sites

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By Nona Tepper

1. Prospective developer Carefree Development of Oak Park plans to build 56-units of senior housing, with commercial offerings on the first floor, that stretch from the abandoned Kevil's bar to 7234 Circle Ave. Carefree will present plans to the village in February, and hope to hit their shovels to the ground by March. 

2. Developer Capital Sales of Elgin is building a single family home at 135 and 137 Desplaines Ave. 

3. Developer Gordon/ Jones of Hinsdale is building four townhomes at 233 Desplaines Ave. 

4. Wicklow Development Group in Oak Park is building a single-family home at 339 Desplaines Ave. 

"He turned dog shit into diamonds," Glinke said, referring to the old residence at 339 Desplaines which featured a laundromat on the first floor. 

"I never would have even thought this would have turned out, it was so bad," said Paul Wicklow, developer. "When we walked through in the beginning it was pretty scary. I don't know how people were actually living in the house." 

The second floor of the about 3,000-square-foot new home will serve as the living space, with an open-floor plan and kitchen in the center of the room. "It's for people who love dinner parties," Wicklow said.

Construction will finish in January. Wicklow said he has yet to decide on an asking price. 

5. An unnamed developer has hired the Forest Park-based John Conrad Scheiss Architect services to represent and walk them through the village's zoning and planning approval process for 7652 Madison St., the old Molly Malone's bar. Scheiss will present to the village in February. The developer wants to build 36 residential units. 

6. The Chicago-based Noah Properties wants to build 17 townhomes from 7791 to 7795 Van Buren St., at the old Seng Tire site. 

7. A developer wants to build more apartments at The Residences at The Grove, 7757 Van Buren St. Glinke declined to name the developer. 

8. Mischa and Jacob DeHart of Oak Park are building a two-bedroom, office and retail space at 7435 Madison St. 

9. Midwest Properties of Chicago have proposed a strip mall for 7200 Madison St. Glinke said they will probably hire a local architect to help them navigate the planning and zoning approval process in February.

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Christian Fitzgerald from Forest Park  

Posted: January 11th, 2018 12:58 PM

Regarding the townhome development, as a 10-year condo owner in Forest Park, I'm still trying to recover some property value. Only in the past year or so have the foreclosures cleared, so values are still very depressed. Adding inventory may look like it will help with revenue generation for the village, but many of my neighbors now find themselves unwilling landlords as there is demand for rental property, but prices for our units haven't come up like they have in other areas. How will adding inventory in the area help current residents?

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