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Video: Noise, Confusion Leads Orland Park to Hold Public Hearing on Apartments

Several residents attended Monday night’s open house were expecting a public forum.

Whether for or against the 205-unit luxury apartment complex likely to be built within the Main Street Triangle area, many agreed that Monday night’s open house was not an effective way to share thoughts.

Orland Park village staff and trustees, as well as Mayor Dan McLaughlin and developer David Flaherty, set up an expo-style open house about the at the .

While the idea was for residents to ask questions individually, little could be heard amidst a growing volume of arguments ensuing early on into the meet. For most of the night McLaughlin was surrounded by irate residents.

But one request was heard. McLaughlin agreed to hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 6, the date that the village board was originally going to formally vote on the apartment complex. That vote is now scheduled to take place on Monday, Sept. 19.

Sue N. August 30, 2011 at 07:37 PM
I did attend last night & was fortunate to stay long enough for the crowds to die down & ask some of my key questions. I have been known for being against this project from the start & I won't ever be happy with how some things were handled or the steps taken to get us to this place. HOWEVER, I will say that being able to have one on one time to ask my specific questions & not being given scripted responses, I am a little optimistic & feel more secure knowing the differ steps they took to prevent this from being another vacant complex, & making sure our taxes won't increase if anyone defaults. If it does end up being successful, I now get how & why it could work. I just have some concerns how they will secure the safety of the residents living in the area from possible negative attention this complex could draw in. Like with having the train station there or just having more people from out of town coming in to shop or hang out, what type of impact will this have on our police & fire departments to insure: 1. We don't have to worry about a bigger increase in crime in our area; 2. both police & fire dept will be staffed appropriately to handle any additional emergencies?; 3. What being done to ease congestion both for residents and train commuters? So if you still have ?s, I recommend going on 9-6. But its obvious this is going to happen, so in my opinion, being open to hearing their entire answer before jumping in might help.
Sue N. August 30, 2011 at 07:42 PM
I would also like to thank the Mayor for listening and agreeing with me that commuters exiting on to 143rd from the Metra lot needed traffic assistance now with all the construction going on. It was always difficult trying to get out of there during even rush hours, but people are even less likely to let us out now. So he did agree that having the assistance moved down to the 143rd exit, instead of near SW Highway made more sense. So again...Thank You Mayor McLaughlin.
Dee Emm August 31, 2011 at 12:31 AM
What difference does it make? McLaughin wil ram his "legacy" through no matter what the people of Orland Park want. He's a machine Democrat and a union boss. What more do you need to know.
Ronald Spengler September 01, 2011 at 02:50 PM
I have no problem with the village loaning money if it is voted on. But voted on or not the government can NOT take peoples property away at will to give it to somebody else. This is against the freedoms we hold dear. You are in for big trouble to keep giving government this power. McLaughin is not a bad person but he is acting as a person would in a country with no rights of a true free peoples.
frank September 01, 2011 at 03:50 PM
Thanks for the video. Mark the next meeting date down and bring a friend or two. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<,

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