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What Should Go Here? The Old Beatty Lumber Yard

It’s time to play “what should go here,” the game that lets readers dream big about the kind of businesses and development they’d like to see in Oak Lawn.

Those of us living near the former Beatty Lumber property will miss the local possum and raccoon population, but we’ll be glad when something finally goes up on what has become a neighborhood eyesore.

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The old lumberyard has been a hot topic of conversation in the village board chambers—so much so, that the rodents living there's ears must be burning. A nine-story medical office tower and state-of-the-art senior center are just a few of the proposed concepts for the old lumberyard at 96th Street and 52nd Avenue, political drama aside.

“We’re working on different concepts,” Mayor Dave Heilmann said. “I don’t think anything has been decided. We’re getting some thoughts together.”

Whatever those thoughts may be, Oak Lawn residents will have a chance to weigh in at a meeting in the near future, according to the mayor.

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You’ve read the stories—now it’s your chance to dream big and play developer. Tell us in the comments what you’d like to see happen with the old Beatty Lumber property. Let it rip because you have a local election coming up.

(We do think that the Beaver sign should be somehow preserved.)

What would you like to see happen with the former Beatty property? Tell us in the comments.

mary cunningham November 21, 2012 at 04:26 PM
If the Trustee are still arguing about the Chris Hospital Land, why not start keeping the "O" in Money in Oak Lawn, and start getting more business that will keep people shopping here and create venue like we need.. Here's thought, A "Trader Joe's" , could bring in from locals towns, Evergreen Park, Beverly, Chicago, Mt, Greenwood, Alsip. Own town deserves so much better than what we already have. There are many availabel spaces that the Trustee's are too busy arguing that they are missing the picutre here!
Bill Watson November 21, 2012 at 05:04 PM
What did the I. N. R. stand for in I. N. R. Beatty?
andy skoundrianos November 21, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Not another TIF PROJECT!!!!! Let Private company redevelop site with no Taxpayer money used!!
Glen Kato November 21, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I am no urban planner nor am I in real estate. That being said, I would like to see the original 100 year old store preserved and turned into a brew pub that makes and serves micro brews.
Ron Williams November 21, 2012 at 05:39 PM
IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE AFFORDABLE CONDO'S FOR SENIORS AND DISABLED PEOPLE ON ONE OF THE SITES, ON THE OTHER SITE CONVENIENTLY LOCATED SHOPPING, SENIOR/DISABILITY CENTER AND TRANSPORTATION SERVICE.
Patrick Elward November 21, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Entertainment center: live music, plays and even a Barnes and Noble would be great.
Michelle November 21, 2012 at 06:35 PM
WE HAVE ENOUGH MEDICAL OFFICES, ENOUGH ALREADY!
Mary November 21, 2012 at 06:52 PM
How about something to generate revenue and lower my ever-rising property taxes.
OakLawnGuy November 21, 2012 at 07:40 PM
IIRC, INR were the initials of the family member owners.
OakLawnGuy November 21, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Yeah, the TIFs need to contract in this town, not expand.
OakLawnGuy November 21, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Living so close to the property, my opinion as to what should be built here is heavily biased. I suspect that to make the most revenue out of the land, whatever is built there is going to be taller than wider, unfortunately. Don Pointer's idea, or any concept of a green area, is nice - but likely unrealistic. The developer and Village want to make money.
OakLawnGuy November 21, 2012 at 07:44 PM
That empty, ugly lot behind the Deja Brew strip was to be a senior living center, as planned by the Kolb/Stancik crew.
Jerry November 21, 2012 at 08:06 PM
The company was named after the child of the founder. The child's name was Isaac Newton Reginald Beatty.
Karra Kestian November 21, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Trader Joe's sounds like a plan, oh dear God please no more banks, med centers, or condos.we need revenue from the taxes on sales of product.
wannasee November 21, 2012 at 09:18 PM
how about nothing. What's the matter with an abandoned lumber yard and some old manufacturing plant. If not, the strip club sounds pretty good. That would bring in a lot of traffic and be convenient for those that use the train from downtown. No we'll probably just end up with some dumb building where the women won't strip
Wendy November 21, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I think this is a great idea! If you've ever been out west to the Seattle or Portland area, there is a company called McMenamin's that uses old structures for their microbrewery restaurants. Local artists paint murals on the walls honoring the history of the structure. I've been to a few of the locations, but the Kennedy school is what stands out in my mind. I think this would be a fantastic concept for the property!
Rick Drew November 21, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Open spaces or a water retention pond. Even since those massive condos and new retail spaces went up, the flooding near 101st street is intolerable. No coincidence there. It almost never flooded. Since those buildings went up, every time we get more than an inch of rain, the streets close and I get over a foot of water in my yard. The little park down the street in underwater and all the bark nuggets float into yards over a block away. There have been times when I could not get home for two days because of street flooding and barricades.
Bob November 22, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Zula, I live 2 blocks from there Absolutely NOT!!!! How about a park because on the west side of the lumber yard where they closed off Cook they have 1 tree and a sign that says Cook Avenue Park. I highly think it should be a veteran's park since the VFW is right on the north side of it! The east side of 52nd should be a parking the Children's Museum because the location is a lot better than where it is now.
Bob November 22, 2012 at 04:58 AM
The lot behind Deja Brew is owned by the VFW the reason I know that is because my family built the VFW. NO MORE CONDO'S OR STRIP MALLS!!!
Bob November 22, 2012 at 05:00 AM
How about a Wolf's Bakery like we use to have here in town or an old fashioned soda shop.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) November 22, 2012 at 07:49 AM
Yeah!!!!!
Bruce Hanson November 22, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Organic food store and gardening learning center. This town needs to learn.
PD November 23, 2012 at 05:01 AM
We don't want Oak Lawn going to the dogs.
PD November 23, 2012 at 11:22 PM
We don't need a place like your suggesting. I'm sure the neighbors wouldn't want that and I wouldn't want to drive past such a place. Think of something better than a strip club.
PD November 23, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Joe, this is the best suggestion yet.
PD November 23, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I totally agree!!!
MM November 24, 2012 at 11:12 AM
LOVE this idea. Good thinkin' Joe.
PD November 24, 2012 at 02:41 PM
NO, NO AND NO!!!! THAT WILL RUIN THE NEIGHBORHOOD BAD!!!! GOOD GRIEF!!!
PD November 24, 2012 at 02:49 PM
THOUGH YOUR IDEA IS A GOOD ONE MARY, I THINK IF YOU REALIZED WHAT THE TRAFFIC SITUATION WOULD BE WITH STORES, BANKS ETC, AND IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT YOU MIGHT CHANGE YOUR MIND. I THINK THE TRIBUTE TO VETERANS WOULD BE GREAT AND ALTHOUGH THERE WOULD BE TRAFFIC I DON'T THINK IT WOULD BE AS BAD AS HAVING STORES THERE. I COULD BE WRONG.
wannasee November 24, 2012 at 04:52 PM
How about a wishing well? It will be a fantastic place where naive readers of the Patch can meet and throw their pennies into a fountain and make a wish. A large marble horse with the "has been" or more appropriately named "never was" reporter sitting on top, would be a fascinating entryway into the downtown area. Oh it sounds like a dream. But so do all these other suggestions.

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