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  • Since the old Dominick’s site is not likely to become a competing grocery store in the near future, perhaps it could be presented to other entities. It seems I’ve seen that Amazon (and perhaps others) are considering having community fulfillment stores where people could return, and possibly pick up items ordered on the internet. The old Dominick’s may be a good candidate. Possibly an indoor entertainment venue like the race track that can be seen South of I-80 in Tinley/Orland Park.
  • I thought I suggested it when construction was started on the old Westgate Golf Course, but it would be nice to have a sidewalk (perhaps off the end of 131st street?) joining the original Westgate to the New Westgate so Shepard students could walk to school without having to go through the passage by Independence Jr. High, and having to walk along Ridgeland.
  • I realize that this is a bigger project than Palos Heights could handle alone, but I would like to see the Cal Sag Channel cleaned up enough that the “Warning: Water Not Fit For Human Contact” signs can be removed. This might allow more pleasure boat traffic on the canal, and more people docking at the Worth (and possibly Palos Heights) boat ramp/marina looking for places to eat or purchase supplies for their recreational needs.
  • I would like to see something utilize the old Dominick’s store, but it’s apparently not up to the City of Palos Heights, as it’s not public property. I’m curious as to what it is about Palos Heights that needs to be improved to make it “walkable”. I have no problem walking, or riding my bicycle anywhere in the city. I’m not sure what could be done to improve it. While I like Lake Katherine, it seems to me more like a business than a park. And the rules seem to prohibit more things that folks would like to do there than they allow. I’d like to have the city ensure that any new “Park” or park like entity is free to (at least) all Palos Heights residents and operated more like a public venue than a private corporation.
  • Streetscape and sidewalk project just like what Orland has done down LaGrange Ave. the trees and walkways look beautiful. People can walk! Kids can walk to Sandburg. Our kids should be able to walk or ride bikes safely to every school in the district. 
  • Just moved here in the last year. Palos Heights does not have an recognizable identity or unique town center. Until I moved here, it was just one of the Paloses. Olde Palos could be Palos Heights’ heart, with a revamp of its brand. Perhaps its time to rethink the tired “Olde” (old with an “e”) name. Craft a sense of place by creating architectural style and ramp up aesthetics of the automobile-focused strip mall buildings along Harlem. Celebrate the town center by visually anchoring each corner of 123rd and Harlem with unifying architectural elements (corner towers, turrets, portico, etc.). Offer facade incentives with design guidelines and add greenery/planters.
  • Another thing…Why is the library isolated? Took me a while to find it after I moved here. Signs sort of helped, but maybe visually connect it to the rest of the town center? Where is city hall? I still haven’t seen it. Must not be in the town’s center.
  • Also, think of this center’s use outside of our own community. Make the town center a destination for the south suburbs. What about a food tourism hub? Palos Heights is already home to one of a kind restaurants. Creating a desirable home to the top locally-owned (not chain) restaurants in the region. Recruit more, concentrate, and market. The south suburbs would flock to the “Bites and Delights in Palos Heights!”
  • www.udans.com – I just happened upon this store and saw that it is based on the Northside of Chicago. I think this type of store in Palos would be amazing! especially close to lake Katherine so people can ride their bikes there and stop in to shop. Recreation vibe in Palos Heights!
  • I would love to see a dog park at Palmer park with an additional smaller fenced in area for dogs in training or those that are skiddish of being around other dogs so that they can get used to the dog park feeling.
  • I would like to see off street parking at Palmer park by the baseball diamond, I realize that the baseball season is fairly short but is gets very congested and I have had to replace my mailbox twice in one year at my own expense. Nothing like coming home to having your mail strewn all over the street and being driven over for who knows how many hours.
  • I would love to see a children’s museum and maybe one of the empty businesses on Harlem in the downtown area can be made into an historical society so residents and visitors can learn or reminisce about the Palos Heights that we have all come to know and love.
  • I believe that we need a vision of the Business district for the next twenty years. This vision should show what is located on the property now and what would be desired in the next twenty years. This could be shown in a brochure with an overlay that could be used to promote the concept. When property becomes available that fits in with the overlay concept, it should be acquired and developed.
  • I would like to see a dog park! They’re great places to socialize for not only dogs, but for their humans too. Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Tinley Park and Oak Forest all have beautiful off leash dog parks, but I would love to have a place right here in my town.
  • When Meyers Park was redesigned our youngest residents were forgotten. Where are the baby swings? There is nothing at that park that a baby/ toddler can do. Could you please consider adding some baby swings please?
  • I would like to see more bike parking in Palos Heights in general, but specifically at the Jewel and surrounding stores, along the Harlem shopping district and near the pool/memorial park.
  • I was at the Morton Arboretum. Their facility is amazing. I think a dining scene like there’s along with many other elements like the children’s garden etc would be amazing at Lake Katherine. People will rise their bikes and come shop and dine in Palos Heights.
  • The comprehensive plan talks about improving communication with residents. How has this been done? I think there is still a lot to be done with communication. There should be Facebook and Instagram etc accounts that are being updated and are interactive. This idea share should be shared by the city to the residents. And what about people who don’t use social media? Everyone needs to know what’s going on so they can share ideas.
  • I would love to see a Panera in Palos Heights!
  • Improve 127th street between Harlem and Ridgeland. It looks horrible with the over grown grass all summer in the ditches. That should be maintained weekly. Or better yet take a look at 88th ave in Hickory and Palos Hills. That street was made three lanes and the ditches removed and it looks great. (88th ave between 111th and 87th streets)
  • A cool children’s garden as an extension of lake Katherine. Or located in another open area in PH
  • A facade program. No more ugly neon signs and ugly awnings. We need a program to create something pleasing to the eye. I even like the little courtyard area by first Midwest bank. But no one goes there. It looks nice though.dc5ddef5cb9747a49b55e0db5c6424e0.jpeg
  • Wide sidewalks and trees with planter beds between the sidewalks and street.8599baa28c834a0a9033bc3064dd01d4.jpeg
  • Median planters along Harlem and along College between Harlem and SW Hwy.1f487e2ff45f4a1e9b41d55e8d4f7dce.jpeg
  • A diner by the train station would be cool. I’m not sure how much parking is left at PH station but bike riders could ride to a cafe or diner by connecting the trail to the top of the station. Or park in the lot.
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  • More sustainability, back to nature, and community support. Quaint, unique shopping options, farmers markets, local businesses, garden walks, and sharing programs. An emphasis on encouraging eco-friendly options like composting, more rain barrels, backyard hens for eggs like palos park and palos hills, and more recycling programs.
  • The southwest corner of Ridgeland and 135th should be a self storage facility or some kind of warehouse/industrial. That intersection is really quiet and surrounded by forest preserves. Everyone forgets about those businesses. Same goes for the Ridgeland and cal sag intersection. This intersection is busier but what’s going to happen with the old gas station site and across from that the office buildings. Are they even occupied? Storage facilities again. Could that she’ll move across the street to the other gas station lot? Then fix up that parcel. It looks horrible and is not well maintained.
  • The Dominick’s shopping center should be redesigned for professional buildings restaurants shopping. Attract outpatient Lurie Children’s offices there. Many families in the area see specialists there and an offsite in the area would do great. Plus it will bring people to our neighborhood.
  • The proposed city center on Harlem Avenue should include an interactive child-friendly fountain so it becomes an destination for families. The cleaners should be bought out and a family-oriented “diner” should go in. Families would have a place to walk in the evening, visit, eat, get treats for their children. Just look to Europe for inspiration.
  • Downtown revitalization. Visitors go where residents go. We are limited in local, appealing shops, dining, and businesses. Take a cue from the more popular Franklin’s and Harvest Room, which both feature sustainability and visually-appealing interior atmospheres that appeal to the masses. They are keeping us afloat.
  • Walkability. Redevelop the building facades on Harlem and reconstruct the parking to the back areas. Use the front space to welcome the public. More outdoor seating, walkways, spaces for people to stroll and shop, and stop for a coffee or snack.
  • More quaint shops and farmers markets. Less banks. Seriously, less banks. Particularly on 127th and Ridgeland which will now have three banks. The entire kitchen was removed from a former restaurant and converted into a bank. Lost opportunity to revitalize that entire area.
  • Seize the former Dominick’s building from hostage from Jewel and encourage growth. We are in a food desert with only one grocery store.
  • Sustainability/back to nature. Lake Katherine is a great destination and a wonderful feature of PH. Stay on that trend of conservation and sustainability. More farmers markets, more garden walks, allowing backyard chickens, communal gardens, composting/recycling, etc.
  • I like the idea of a walking path throughout the residential areas too. It could connect east side and west side of Harlem. Sidewalk or path on main roads and then a designated walking path that snakes though the city.
  • I’d love to see investment in sidewalks in some parts of town to make it safer to walk into downtown. 125th street from Harlem through Navajo is extremely busy with walkers/runners. It would be great to have a path or sidewalks for everyone to use. It’s also a busy street and would be so much safer with a path or sidewalk. I think many areas in the city would benefit from sidewalks so people could walk into town, pool, rec center and the cal sag trail.
  • I’d love to see more walkable areas in Palos Heights. Specifically, I am interested in 123rd/127th can be more walkable/rideable for Palos East students going to school. We live in Palos Park, but we can’t walk to Palos Heights due to dangerous traffic on 123rd east of 80th Ave. (Near Palos Hospital) One solution might be to extend the sidewalk or create a walking path from 123rd and 80th to connect to 123rd place.
  • I would also love to see more collaboration between Palos Heights and Palos Park’s local governments. While the local feel of these communities might be slightly different, the residents of both communities share similar values, the children attend the same schools, and share similar sports programs.
  • Sidewalk for 76th ave all the way down to 135th from College Dr. this way residents can walk to the restaurant in Oak Hills. And Oak Hills residents can walk down 76th as well. The trails are nice for bikes, but it’s not safe for walking alone or for kids walking they the woods and open areas.
  • I would love to see sidewalks down 76th Avenue that would provide allow a safe ride or walk to the pool or park!
  • I would like to see an open air pavilion to be used for events and markets during warm months and an ice skating rink in the winter. Palos Heights is a very close community that still has small-town qualities. I think a pavilion that includes a skating rink would provide a venue for recreation that reflects the provincial feel that Palos Heights had in the past and can still restore.

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  • I like the open air pavilion idea for skating and markets. That would be cool around the business at 123rd and Harlem area.
  • Demo Tiffany Square and build mixed use. Rentals or condos maybe. It would be amazing to figure out a way to connect residential to walk to Palos Heights Train Station by a sidewalk first on southwest highway. But also a bridge from lake Katherine area. Bike and walking access. The train station is nice but everyone has to drive to it
  • HI! I’m excited for this forum! I’m hoping to be able to post many ideas. To start, I really want the city to be more walkable! Connecting sidewalks on main roads, i.e. 127th and 76th Ave, College Drive. I’d like to be able to walk to the rec center or the palos Pool safely with my kids and strollers. I’d love to see an overall Recreational town kind of vibe. Bike stores, hiking stores, sporting, cafes etc. We have Lake Katherine, Swallow Cliff, Bike paths, etc. This could be a hub for recreation on the SW side. A bicycle theme would be cute. I’d love to see the office buildings and strip mall adjacent to Lake Katherine re-done. I think restaurants and quality shopping would be attractive there. Lake Katherine is a destination for people from all over and then they would shop and eat, etc.
  • I would love to see more sustainability projects within the town. A community garden, a composting program, better recycling services, etc.
  • Would love to see ideas that expand on the “walkable town center” concept and continued growth of fine dining options.
  • It would be great to have a neighborhood dog park similar to what Oak Lawn has done at 9910 S. Melvina and Evergreen Park at 91st and California.
  • I would like to see walking made a priority for our city. For instance it should be easier to walk into Community Park. In Orland Park I have seen on very busy streets signs that indicate traffic should yield to pedestrians – on 143rd near the Metra station and other places. Why couldn’t we have something like that at 76th Avenue? Or on McCarthy where the bike path comes out between the Lutheran church and East.
  • My vision of Palos Heights is that of a garden. We have so many beautiful yards with lovely gardens. Lake Katherine is lovely but we could add to that by making the Nabel Woods area a wildflower garden. Perhaps and I know this is a long shot partner with Trinity for a spring tulip garden.