Friday, December 14, 2012
Is it OK to hire your stepdad and then pass a nepotism policy? What about handing over nearly one million dollars without talking to those who might be affected by it later? These issues and more on this week's Patch Talk.
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Representatives from Homewood’s other taxing bodies appeared at the Dec. 11 meeting to ask the board to table a vote to spend nearly $1 million in economic development so a joint meeting could be held to discuss the decision.
Homewood trustees passed an agreement to provide $900,000 in TIF money for the development of a new downtown hotel, but not without considerable opposition from the village’s other taxing bodies. Their chief complaint? The village failed to give them a fair warning of such a large impending financial decision. READ: Planned Downtown Hotel Receives $900,000 from Village “Our school district was taken aback by the sudden emergence of the proposed financial assistance package for the downtown hotel project …” Shelly Marks, School District 153 Board President, said. In response, Marks presented the board with a list of questions compiled from her district, the H-F Park District, the Homewood Public Library and H-F High School District 233. She…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
"La Banque" Hotel in downtown Homewood is inching closer to reality as trustees commit financial backing to the project.
Homewood trustees voted Tuesday night to give $900,000 and a recommendation for Class 8 tax designation to Ravisloe Country Club owner Dr. Claude Gendreau, all for the development of a boutique downtown hotel. The two incentives are separate and distinct, Grandeau’s financial consultant Don Peelman said. The Class 8 is in response to anticipated high operating expenses, as are custom in the business, says Homewood Community Development Director Paula Wallrich. The designation will reduce his assessment to ten percent of market value for the first ten years, 15 percent in the 11th year and 20 on the last, with an opportunity to renew. Not having a Class 8 is one of the contributing factors in the decline of the former Homewood Hotel, …
Monday, December 10, 2012
A preview of what's going to be discussed and voted on during Homewood's Dec. 11 village board meeting.
Homewood Village President Richard Hofeld and the village trustees will meet at Homewood Village Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Casino Lobbyist Trustees will vote to hire Alfred G. Ronan, Ltd. to represent the village's interest in developing a joint casino with East Hazel Crest. The agreement specifies a one-year contract with the lobbyist beginning Jan. 1, 2013 at a rate of $3,000 per month. Tax Incentive Money for Future Downtown Homewood Hotel Dr. Claude Gendreau is requesting $900,000 from the village in tax incentive money to help rehabilitate his property at 2034 Ridge Road into a boutique downtown hotel. Gendreau is also requesting a Class 8 property tax designation for his future hotel. These designations are reserved for …
Friday, April 6, 2012
A weekly update to help you keep up with the comments and conversations on H-F Patch and H-F Patch’s Facebook.
Somehow we jumped from just shy of 800 "likes" on the H-F Patch Facebook page to the current 1,020 in less than two weeks. I'm speechless. At the beginning of the week, we announced the plans of a new botique hotel in downtown Homewood. This comes shortly after the announcement of a new fine dining restaurant planned for the Southgate area. Here's some of the responses we got: We're currently running a new feature called "Who Do You Trust?" This week, we're asking our readers who their favorite hair stylists in town are. Coincidentally, I had to get a haircut, so I asked who I should go to on Facebook: The comments for favorite local hair stylists in our Who Do You Trust feature have been piling up on Patch as well: We also carried the '…
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Some exciting new places are coming to Homewood, but is this what our community needs?
In a time where vacancies are prevalent and local shops are closing their doors for good, things seem to be looking up for Homewood. Today, we announced the Central Business District will soon be home to a boutique hotel. The hotel would put Homewood in the same league as St. Charles and Geneva—and would make it the only South Suburb with a boutique hotel. On top of that, the old Bakers Square building in the Southgate business district is going to become “The Cottage on Dixie,” a fine dining restaurant, and Chipotle will be moving in on Halsted before the year’s end. All these changes will undoubtedly have an impact on the community, though. Will a chain like Chipotle take away from the local feel here? What will the Central Business …