NEW LENOX – The new year should bring some changes to New Lenox.
Mayor Timothy Baldermann said the redevelopment at Route 30 and Cedar Road will break ground during the spring. Durbin’s Restaurant, Fleckenstein’s Bakery and Zembar’s Jewelry are expected to open in the fall, and a CVS pharmacy also will be under construction.
There also will be more medical offices under construction near Silver Cross Hospital.
“Ultimately, we want to see some restaurants and shopping over there, and [village staff is] targeting those. I think the first one ... will start a domino effect,” Baldermann said.
After nearly 40 years in business, the New Lenox Kmart closed in 2016, leaving a large vacancy at the village’s western border, but Baldermann said last week there already has been an offer for the property.
“I don’t know if the offer will be accepted, but it seems a private developer wants to buy and already has something in the works to go there,” Baldermann said.
The mayor said New Lenox had the highest number of housing starts in Will County in 2016 with 180 beginning construction, and the same number is expected for 2017.
“And the Village Board and I have kept our promise to never exceed the tax cap, so residents could expect a 75 percent rebate of the village’s portion of their property tax,” Baldermann said.
The village also expects to perform scheduled maintenance during spring and summer on 7 miles of local roads.
The Holiday Lights display and ice skating rink in the village commons also will return next year. Baldermann said the December event could expand with an “outdoor Christmas market.”
TOP NEW LENOX PROJECTS FOR 2017
1. Development near Route 30 and Cedar Road, and Silver Cross Hospital.
2. Housing starts and tax rebates.
3. Maintenance on 7 miles of local roads.