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Familia Fresh Market
A long vacant site in the Depot District will be getting a new tenant this year. Familia Fresh Market is currently renovating the 12,000 square foot former grocery building across from MacNeal Hospital. The projectâ€™s owners previously ran Familia Foods, which successfully operated in Cermak Plaza for several years. With a strong customer base already in Berwyn, and the obvious need for a grocer in the Depot District, Familia Fresh Market is eager to open its doors this spring.
Berwynâ€™s Depot District, the corridor encompassing the area around its three Metra stations, has started the process of overhauling its image. After years of visioning the possibilities, the City of Berwyn has received an appropriation of $4.5 million in state funding to improve the district. The end result will be upgraded street infrastructure and coordinated amenities such as bike racks, trash cans, benches, refuse containers and lighting.
TIF funds were approved to redevelop 2,322 square feet of commercial space on the ground level of the mixed-use building located at 6401W. 34th St. The TIF scope of work included electrical improvements, plumbing and fire protection as well as exterior and interior renovations. The business partners have over 30 years of combined restaurant experience. Specializing in BBQ ribs and grilled chicken, the restaurant allows patrons to choose their own toppings and additions to the meal.
Berwyn Gateway Plaza
One of the last major projects of the Cermak TIF District was the redevelopment of several commercial parcels on the north side of Cermak Road, across the street from Cermak Plaza. The City, working with Berwyn Gateway Partners, brought additional retailers and restaurants to the Harlem/Cermak intersection. Buffalo Wild Wings, Verizon Wireless, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Play N Trade and the Vitamin Shoppe all signed leases for the new development. Phase II of the redevelopment project is currently underway.
Through the support of the City of Berwyn and the BDC, Aaron Zeigler received TIF for acquisition and substantial rehabilitation of a former Ford dealership site. The new business has created approximately 30 jobs and is anticipated to be one of Berwynâ€™s top three tax revenue generators. The new store is the 11th dealership in Illinois and the eighth in the Chicagoland area for the Zeigler Automotive Group. The 12,500 square-foot location offers used car sales, financing, eight service bays and a customer service center.
Collision Centers of America
Collision Centers of American purchased property on Ogden between Cuyler Ave. and Highland Ave. Collision Centers has had incredible growth in the Chicago region in recent years. This, their 24th unit, now serves Berwyn and the surrounding communities for all collision repair needs from minor dents and fender benders to complete frame repair and paint. The TIF committee worked with the applicant to ensure the front faĂ§ade, of historic value to Route 66, was preserved and repaired.
Off the Traxx
With the closing of Cherry Lounge, Eddie Wilkowski saw an opportunity to open another business. Off the Traxx is Mr. Wilkowskiâ€™s second bar establishment; he also operates Marlins in Lyons. This new business features exposed brick and train dĂ©cor, while offering a limited food menu along with all your favorite drinks. The 970 square foot space was completely gutted, with the TIF scope of work including a complete interior build-out consisting of plumbing, electrical, carpentry, flooring, ceiling and faĂ§ade renovation.
Cigars & Stripes BBQ Lounge
If youâ€™ve stopped by the Ogden Avenue staple Cigars & Stripes BBQ Lounge recently, youâ€™ve probably noticed a few changes. This full service lounge and cigar shop is touted for its craft beer selection, live entertainment and best-in-class smoked barbecue wings. Approved for TIF funding in late 2012, Cigars & Stripes has slowly but surely been changing things up a bit. A new, expanded kitchen capitalizes on the rave reviews the food menu has received. An updated outdoor space makes this a â€śmust stopâ€ť for the warmer months. Additionally, there is new seating in the rear and new doors and windows. The finishing touches will include a new faĂ§ade and signage.
Michael Anthony's Pizzeria & Bar
Nancy DiBiase and Robert Vais received TIF funding in order to install new signage and replace carpeting in their restaurant and bar. Michael Anthonyâ€™s serves authentic Italian cuisine including pizza, pasta and sandwiches. A separate bar area allows customers to grab a drink while watching their favorite sports team. The applicants have owned this business since 2008.
The applicants requested TIF funds to open a new music production, education and music venue facility in a vacant former Union Hall on Roosevelt Road. The Wire is a top-flight, full service music production, education and promotional facility. The long term purpose of Wire is to recapture and re-establish the Chicago music scene as a dominant force in the global music industry, as well as develop and nurture new talent, both on the creative and technical ends of the musical spectrum. The main components of the development include recording studios, a music venue and educational programs.
One of the Depot Districtâ€™s larger buildings received renovations to help fill vacancies and update an aging faĂ§ade. Dave Fiore, owner of the building just south of BNSFâ€™s Berwyn train station, used TIF for interior remodeling, faĂ§ade work, a fire alarm system and new signage. Mr. Fiore purchased the property in 2008, and current occupants include Perception Lounge and Campanile Construction & Design.
Dr. Berenice Lopez, DDS has been a dentist with Alivio Medical Center since 2008. She purchased the building at 7039 Roosevelt Road for her dental practice. TIF funding was used to help renovate the space. It offers state-of-the-art general dentistry including prevention, periodontal therapy, restorative prosthodontics, endodontics, orthodontics and cosmetics. Dr. Lopez also provides a bilingual setting for patients.
Karban Dog Park
The Berwyn Park District received TIF funds for redevelopment work on 9,800 SF of green space known as Karban Park, which was transformed into the Cityâ€™s first dog park. This project was petitioned by residents. The TIF scope of work included bringing water and electric to the site, connecting fountain to water, directional boring, and adding lighting, an electrical pole, and water meter.
The Depot District has a burst of new green space. The City of Berwyn purchased the land at Windsor and Kenilworth Avenues in 2011. This long vacant piece of property was cleaned and planted with sod, before being approved for construction of a new pocket park at the June 12, 2012 City Council meeting. The new 2,825 square foot park, designed by the Lakota Group, features landscaping, seating areas, lighting and electrical outlets for use during special events. An intergovernmental agreement has been signed with the Berwyn Park District for maintenance and upkeep.
Meijer, one of the countryâ€™s largest grocery chains, constructed a new location in Berwyn, at Cermak Plaza, at the intersection of Harlem Avenue and Cermak Road. The new store, totaling over 90,000 square feet in size, is one of Meijerâ€™s new urban infill sites in the Chicago market. The Berwyn location features full grocery and general merchandise components as well as a pharmacy.