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What's Up With the Homewood Hotel?: Minutes With the Mayor

A new Patch series in which Homewood's Village President Richard Hofeld answers questions from our readers.

In this edition of Minutes With the Mayor,  Village President Richard Hofeld explains what's going on at the enigmatic and controversial .

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jctenor June 19, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I really appreciate these interviews with Mayor Hofeld. But could you have found a more private space to record his comments? The off-camera conversation was maddening (something about vegetables...LOL).
Homewood Resident June 19, 2012 at 02:13 PM
It's great that he talks about what the Homewood Hotel "was" but that doesn't do anything for what it "is" today. I've enjoyed this series but I think he went around the issue and the main point was completely avoided. There has to be something else that we can do to get rid of this eyesore.
Bob Levy June 19, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I love this new form of communication. I agree with the 2 previous posters, but I will take it any way I can.
Anita June 19, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I thought this was a very good interview. I don't care where these were recorded, I was listening to Hofeld and not to the background. It is nice to get this background information and learn about village issues we wonder about but don't get the chance to ask someone about! Thank you for doing these and keep it up!
Flossmoor gal June 19, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I got scared! I thought the NEW hotel plan on Ridge Road was "shut down"!! Whew! It's a shame though that the Halsted property is such an eyesore. Seems like it's a good location for a chain hotel like a Hampton or similar place, being that it's directly at an I-80 exit. And there are good places on Halsted for hotel dwellers to eat and drink and shop. But now it'll be tied up in receivership so no one will buy it for awhile, OR tear it down.
DJ Morgan June 19, 2012 at 03:47 PM
While sad to hear, was an transparent explanation of what has happened. One questions that comes to mind, is how did they get to a point where there were so many violations? Where these slowly accumulated and repeatedly reported to the owners?
Bill Moser June 19, 2012 at 05:22 PM
What about the house at the corner of Center and 191st? When will something be done about it?
BlackHawks Fan June 19, 2012 at 07:01 PM
FYI ~ Ryan Fitzpatrick ~ Homewood does not have a mayor. Hofeld is the current village president. :)
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) June 20, 2012 at 03:59 AM
I anticipate making a few changes for aesthetic and phonetic improvements next time around. Since I did a batch of interviews, however, there might be a few more that look and sound like this one. Thanks for the suggestion!
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) June 20, 2012 at 04:00 AM
You are correct. I'm going to consider filming this at a different location next time.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) June 20, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Thanks for the positive feedback and for reading (and watching), Anita!
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) June 20, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Thanks, as usual, Bob!
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) June 20, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Thanks for the question, Bill. I'll add this to the running list I've been keeping.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) June 20, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Thanks for pointing this out. I am aware that Richard Hofeld's official title is Village President. That's why I refer to him as that in the body text and in all other government articles I write. So why mayor? Put simply, I don't "Minutes with the Village President" isn't as catchy a title ;)
Homewood Neighbor June 20, 2012 at 03:09 PM
One of the first things he says is that he'd "like to see grass there." Which would be a better alternative to what's there now.
Homewood Neighbor June 20, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Look on the other side of I-80 to the North in South Holland. That's where the chains went; but, they are not doing well, at all.
Homewood Resident June 20, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I'm ok with grass as long as it is maintained. Don't think uncut grass and weeds would welcome visitors anymore than the current situation.
Karen Kurowski McHugh June 21, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Thank you Ryan for asking about this - you know it's been on my mind for a while now. I do remember the Sheraton in it's "hey day" birthday swim parties, my Grandparent's anniversary in the once beautiful dining room - and I also remember the stark opposite when my daughter went to a party there a year before it was shuttered. It was heart breaking to say the least.

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