Village of Orland Park: 2014 Year in Review

Village of Orland Park: 2014 Year in Review
Posted on 12/19/2014

Orland Park began the year 2014 being named one of Chicago Magazine’s “Best Places to Live.” This is a great honor for the village with our low crime rate, exceptional amenities and access to downtown Chicago all being important factors in Orland Park being named.

In 2014, the Orland Park Police Department developed and implemented a comprehensive plan involving additional resources, community outreach and crime analysis to reduce the number of burglaries occurring within the village. As a result, the number of reported burglaries declined by 57.1 %. The number of burglaries in 2014 was the least amount reported in seven years.

In early October, an independent team from the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP) spent two days reviewing all aspects of the Orland Park Police Department’s policies and procedures. During the evaluation, assessors judged if our police department meets the criteria to reach ILEAP’s highest level of accreditation, Tier 2 status.

The Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Council will vote on Orland Park’s accreditation application in early 2015. If successful Orland Park will join just eight other law enforcement agencies that have reached Tier 2 status as of December, 2014.

Our local economy is back on its feet and construction is on the rise as Orland Park welcomed more than 150 new businesses and saw the construction of 80 new homes with 2180 permits issued for work on existing homes. Old Orland had three new in-fill home sites under construction this past year.

Through November, the value of new residential construction is $18,340,000 with existing being $23,548,000. A new office building, with a value of $242,000, was built with 125 existing commercial permits issued at a value of $14,871,000 through November. Orland Park continues to be the location of choice for national, regional and local businesses as we celebrated a number of grand openings this past year.

The Village of Orland Park was honored by the Chaddick Institute of DePaul University with the 2014 Commuter Rail Station Development Award. Also, the Congress of New Urbanism hosted its Illinois Fall Conference in Orland Park because of the vision and execution of Orland Park’s downtown planning efforts.

The coming year brings the planned completion of IDOT’s LaGrange Road Expansion Project later in 2015. This schedule and construction staging is dependent on weather and utility relocations and are subject to change. Regular updates appear on this website at the link below.

LaGrange Road currently carries 40,000 vehicles per day and is expected to carry more than 65,000 vehicles per day by the year 2040. The improvements currently being made are necessary to improve traffic flow and safety through this essential transportation corridor.

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation with this massive IDOT project through the center of Orland Park and apologize for the inconveniences. We all look forward to its completion --- seeing the long overdue improvements made to this gateway through Orland Park. The past year also brought a number of other road improvements, the details for which you can find on the village’s website at www.orlandpark.org.

Highlights of 2014 include the University of Chicago announcing its plans to build a medical facility in the Main Street area of Downtown Orland Park with a 2015 ground breaking. Ninety7Fifty celebrated its first anniversary at 94% occupancy.

The REVA residential development is underway near Orland Crossing and Mariano’s is under construction near 14100 South LaGrange Road. The Brass Tap opened in Orland Crossing and in Old Orland, the historic Orland Park School on 143rd Street was designated an historic landmark.

This past year we also announced Orland Park being named a commemorative partner of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration organized through the Department of Defense.

The New Year brings a new civic engagement program for residents. We are also exploring civic and business applications for phones and are re-creating the village’s Way Finding and Branding Program. And, we will continue to maintain the village’s presence on social media --- Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

The village’s $40 million dollar capital improvement program includes planned storm water management work, significant road construction work and the continued arterial widening projects. The village’s year round special events will continue into 2015 when we all come together as a community to celebrate Orland Park --- one of the best communities in the State of Illinois.