The story “Progress reported on two Harlem properties” (News, June 6) incorrectly indicated that the property containing the R Place tavern was sold in a May 2 transaction to an adjacent property owner.

While the PIN number for that property is listed on the deed for the sale, the portion of the PIN number containing the bar was not conveyed in the sale. The PIN appears to have been included on the deed because part of that property occupied the southern half of a lot that was part of the sale. Only the northern half of the lot was conveyed. 

R Place continues in business at its current location and under the Milchhoefer family ownership.

The Review apologizes for the error and confusion.


The owner of American Security Services, 1515 S. Harlem Ave., bought three adjacent lots for $230,000 on May 2, according to documents filed with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds, and plans to expand parking.

James Newsome, owner of American Security Services, a longtime Forest Park private security contractor, said June 1 that the construction, which will include new landscaping and a flagpole, should be done by August and should not substantially affect his day-to-day business or customers. One of the purchased lots included a home, which was demolished last week.

“We are in demo right now, just getting some permitting done,” Newsome said. “We are trying to get some ducks in a row.”

Cook County Recorder of Deeds documents list 1521 S. Harlem Parking Lot, an LLC created in April and registered to James Newsome, as the buyer of the three lots, from RCR Partnership.

RCR Inc., also owns the R Place tavern. The corporation was created in 2002 and lists Ronald Milchhoefer Sr. and Ronald Milchhoefer Jr. as owners.

A call to R Place for comment June 1 was not returned by press time. The bar is still in business under the Milchhoefers’ ownership.

The Review, in January 2014, reported a possible sale of R Place, 1527 S. Harlem Ave. That deal was eventually scrapped. 

Former gas station site still vacant

Steve Glinke, director of the Forest Park Department of Public Health and Safety, said May 31 he ordered the owners of 949 Harlem Ave. to put up fencing around the still-vacant lot, formerly a gas station.

“I just kinda got tired of people parking their cars there, dumping stuff,” Glinke said, referring to the lot at the corner of Harlem Avenue and Harvard Street. “It was a bit of a chore to get them to clean it up.”

“They are good people,” Glinke said of the owners. “They agreed to it.”

Glinke added he was unaware of any new developments to the site.

Documents filed with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds show Combined Real Estate, a Lincolnshire LLC, bought the lot in 2015.

When reached by phone June 5, Bhambra Menjinder, owner of MPG Ventures, a Northbrook LLC that owns Combined Real Estate LLC declined comment and referred requests to his business partner.

This article has been changed to clarify the sale of the property in the 1500 block of Harlem Avennue.

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