Advocate Christ Brings Expansion Plans Back to the Table

Advocate Christ Medical Center officials are ready to pick up where they left off in May with the Oak Lawn Planning and Development Commission to discuss village-ordered impact study of hospital expansion plans.


will go to the mattresses over Phase II of its expansion plans at the Oak Lawn Planning and Development Commission meeting tonight, Monday, at

The medical center wants to add a 9-story inpatient tower to its 95th Street campus on the east side of Kostner Avenue on the site of an existing parking lot.

Advocate Christ President Ken Lukhard said the new inpatient tower would increase capacity, including adding 14 new operating rooms. Last year, the hospital turned away between 5,000 and 8,000 patients because there were no available beds.

The Oak Lawn Village Board that is currently under construction with a projected opening date of Fall 2013.

Advocate Christ has submitted nine petitions for zoning variances to village planning commissioners. The medical center is seeking zoning relief to build the tower in the Crawford Gardens neighborhood that is presently zone for residential use.

The expansion project with a price tag of $640 million is the largest construction project ever to come before the Oak Lawn Village Board. An architectural rendering of the proposed new building has not yet been presented.

During a the PDC tabled the medical center’s plans to address residents’ concerns about traffic and flood control.

Oak Lawn Trustee Tom, whose fourth district includes the medical center, told fellow village board members of holes in the traffic study and other problems with the impact study.

“There are a lot of hidden costs that we’re dealing with and trying to get our hands on,” Duhig said following the May 7 PDC meeting. “I’m not convinced we have a good plan in place.”

Per an agreement between the hospital and village, Advocate Christ paid for an architectural consultant chosen by the village to review portions of the medical center’s impact study.

While the impact study was under review by the Chicago-based architectural firm Houseal Lavigne Associates, medical center officials requested that its zoning petitions continue to be tabled.

Medical center officials will return Monday seeking the PDC’s recommendation for approval before it goes before the village board for a full vote. Advocate Christ must get the village’s approval before hospital officials can appear before the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board for state approvals before it can break ground this fall.

Houseal Lavigne Associates portrayed its role as “anticipating and mitigating community issues” on the village’s behalf.

A sneak peek at a draft PowerPoint presentation that will be shown to PDC summarized community impact issues and site plan considerations, including:

  • Traffic calming and access restrictions to the medical center staff parking lot on 93rd Street;
  • A proposed oxygen tank farm that is being painted to match parking structures;
  • Landscaped buffer along 93rd Street and east parking lot island, per the request of 93rd Street property owners;
  • Primary, secondary and perimeter neighborhood crosswalks around the inpatient tower; and
  • Mitigating the visual impact of 9-10 existing utility poles below grade, and exploring options with ComEd to bury two remaining poles beneath 95th Street;

Village staff has also made infrastructure recommendations, including:

  • Lining the sanitary sewer along Kostner Avenue from lift station to 95th Street;
  • Sanitary sewer lift station renovations per conditions required by the village (80 percent ACMC cost share)
  • Stormwater management compliance with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District;
  • Advocate will televise Stony Creek culvert;
  • Water main upgrades to 12-inches along 93rd Street and Kostner Avenue, per Water Division’s request; and
  • Advocate Christ to restructure campus roadways after construction.

Should the PDC give its recommendation, the zoning petitions will go before the Oak Lawn Village Board for a vote most likely next month.

The Oak Lawn Planning and Development Commission meeting is open to the public and starts at 7:30 p.m. in the board room at

taxman cometh August 07, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Sandra, Do you have any understanding of the tax system in Cook County? The county has reclassified commercial property rates thereby lowering those rates. The village requested a levy, that did not change from the year before. However, the reclassification meant that commercial properties would not have to pay the same rate as they used to pay. The result is that someone has to pay and that someone is everyone who pays property taxes. It is spread around to every taxpaying property based on the value of the individual property. For God's sake please study up on the issues if you want to lead us. You sound like that doofus in six
taxman cometh August 07, 2012 at 04:20 PM
What impact? When developers were building subdivisions or ill conceived condo projects in Oak Lawn, they towns were requiring impact fees for the schools as a trade off. Those developments brought in students who IMPACTED the school. A hospital expansion does not bring in more people using the park or the school. Now if Oak Lawn plays their cards right and pushes for other useful development, other businesses in the area could benefit from an expansion. Those people using he hospital could buy stuff and use our businesses thereby paying taxes. Property taxes are a small matter compared to what could be coming in through proper development
QC?? August 07, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Taxman, what part of the information here do you not understand?? Advocate OWNS over 30 Property PIN numbers that are off the tax rolls!!! That is money that EVERY TAXING BODY LOSES. The hosipital is set up as non for profit,yet they have profits over 70 million a year They can't give the village 1% of that money for all the strain on village resources that residents have to pay for?? Or is it that you work for Advocate?? Get legal work from Advocate?? Tell the truth.......
Michael Walsh August 08, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Ad is right. different developments have different types of impact. just ask the police what it is like when there is a gang shooting. not to mention the fire equipment we would not need but for their body and the Hilton.
Taxman Cometh August 10, 2012 at 02:53 PM
QC??, What I asked for is for quantifiable numbers for the impact. No, I do not work for Advocte or get legal work from Advocate as you state above. You may want to concentrate on answering the question (or better yet being quiet) rather than accusing everyone who disagees wtih you of being an employee or the mayor. You and others keep saying that it strains the resources. I ask, How? For instance, do we have 30 extra police officers or 30 extra firemen? Do we have to absorb the costs of water that they use (for free maybe?)? Do we have extra administrators? Do we have streets that we wouldn't have if not for the big bad hospital? Does the sewer system have to be expanded by the addition? Now take a chomp out of that Fatso burger and think before you scream. I don't want to see you overtaxing the fire department with the big heart attack.


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