The first Orland Park Plan Commission meeting of 2013 brought two new projects to the Village.
Chaiyut Puangkham received preliminary approval for operating Indra's Thai Restaurant, a full-service restaurant at 15880 S. Wolf Road, at the corner of Wolf Road and 159th Street in the County West Plaza shopping center.
The former location of Chicago Taste Gyros, Indra's Thai Restaurant will feature patron seating and a full-service bar in the 2,200-square-foot site. The interior space will be remodeled for these needs, while the outside will remain the same except for new signage.
An analysis of the parking demand showed that the shared parking lot will be adequate for this use, as the other nine tenants in the strip "have complementary uses with differing peak hours," according to senior planner Jane Turley of Orland Park's Development Services Department.
"It's a good thing we now have formal, approved seating for this location — it's an improvement," Commissioner Nick Parisi said.
In addition to this new restaurant, the commission approved Kelly Grove Subdivision, a new three-lot subdivision in the Old Orland Historic district.
Located at 9855 W. 144th St., the 0.4-acre site currently features one single-family home that was built in 1885. In 2006, this home "was removed from the list of official contributing structures" because it "no longer met historic district criteria" and is "therefore not a landmark," according to the Village staff report.
Plans for this parcel of land include demolishing the 128-year-old home, subdividing the land into three lots, and constructing three new homes which will mirror the style of the surrounding historic district homes. They will be similar to the homes recently built in the National style on nearby 144th Place.
"I've seen the new homes along 144th Place and I think they're quite charming," Parisi said. "I think this [project] would enhance and improve the area."
Despite there being several audience members, there was no discussion or contesting of these plans during the public comments portion of the meeting.
"My only concern is if the neighbors had objections, and they don't, so I think this is a good idea," Commissioner John Paul said.
"It's a good fit," Acting Chairman Paul Aubin said. "Our experts have put forth conditions that the petitioner has agreed with, and so I have no problem with this project."
These two items were unanimously approved for recommendation to the Orland Park Village Board. They will come before the Village Board for final approval at a future meeting.
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