Homer Glen is "exceptionally strong and solid as a rock," Mayor Jim Daley said at a recent state of the village luncheon.
Among plans brewing this year are the construction of a corporate headquarters, several new businesses, completion of a park and renovation of a major road. The village also has been rated by SafeWise the 21st safest community in Illinois out of more than 1,000 communities, Daley said.
The luncheon, hosted by the Homer Township Chamber of Commerce, was in a banquet room at Woodbine Golf Course at 14240 W. 151st St., property that the village has purchased and plans to relocate to after the former owners retire at the end of this year.
Erin Hills Park is nearly complete, and there are plans to start construction of another park, in the Goodings Grove subdivision, late this year or early 2015, Daley said. The golf course of the more than 100-acre Woodbine property will be transformed into a community park as well, Daley said.
The village plans to plant trees on public property to replace those devastated by the emerald ash borer, he said.
The widening of 159th Street by the Illinois Department of Transportation will begin this year, and construction will incorporate street lighting, grass- and tree-filled medians and a multi-use path, Daley said.
Meijer plans to open a 200,000-square-foot store with a pharmacy and a gas station this summer. "It will be one of the largest Meijer stores in the southwest suburbs" and will create jobs, he said.
Several other businesses have plans to locate in the village, including Richards Building Supply, which is constructing its corporate headquarters, Daley said. A three-building retail office development, the Glen Oaks Center, Artesa Bakery and the video gambling cafe Dotty's all will be opening, he said, and McDonald's, at 14298 S. Bell Road, will begin renovations.
"Exciting new stores, office buildings and remodeling projects are on their way to Homer Glen," Daley said.