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What Should Go Here: The Empty Lot at 99th and Kedzie

Another prominent corner location in the village awaits a business worthy of its location. What say you?

There is no "For Sale" sign on the empty lot on the southwest corner of Kedzie Avenue and 99th Street, but that doesn't mean we can't speculate about what should go there.

It's been empty as long as anyone I know can remember. There's probably a reason for that, but I don't know offhand what it is. It's likely not even in play from a real estate perspective. Nevertheless, it is empty and it is a prominent location. There's nothing preventing us from using our collective imagination.

In case you haven't walked or driven by, the other three corners of that intersection are occupied by  , a four-story multi-family building and a little strip mall with a ,  and a Chinese take-out restaurant. Beyond that intersection, it's all residential in every direction – mostly single-family homes.

The lot is deep, but not all that wide. The perfect use would be a business that appealed to both high school students and the neighborhood. My first thought was a little burger hut like Snyder's at 99th and Western or at 99th and Pulaski.

It would have to be small, because space for parking is limited. It would be mostly a walk-up business, which would probably appeal more to the neighbors anyway.

That's my take. What's yours? Share your views in the comments. 

And as an aside, I just want to go on the record and thank Renita Young for the care she took in building the Evergreen Park Patch and the professionalism she showed as its curator.

Whatever Patch decides to do with the EP Patch, it's better to have it than to not have it. I've met Lorraine Swanson, the Oak Lawn Patch editor, and have nothing but respect for her. She'll take good care of the EP Patch.

Similarly, everyone I have met on up the Patch chain of command has shown me a similar level of appreciation for the importance of maintaining a strong presence in Evergreen Park.

At the end of the day, Patch will be what we make it, together. So I encourage you to participate, interact and be part of this online community. The more you do, the more reflective it will be of our community.

Debbie Montez Hrncir August 01, 2012 at 03:57 PM
years ago there was a candy store there (now I'm really showing my age, lol) Then I believe for a very short while there was a coffee house for the under 21 crowd with poetry reading and the like. I would like to see something like that there, someplace for the under 21 and over 16 crowd to be able to go, socialize and express themselves. Also a nice non franchise coffee house or cafe would be nice too.
Ozzy August 01, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I visited that candy store many a times :-) Does the village own the lot???
monica August 02, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Since that is my corner, I'd actually like to see something more for the homeowners of that area. I don't feel the need for anything youth oriented on that corner when homeowners in the area don't have a hangout! How about a wine/coffee bar with a differnt kind of music Thurs-Sun? Or a little sandwich shop with gluten free and vegan options and beer. Somewhere that I could walk to and have a great couple of hours with friends.
Judy Lawing August 02, 2012 at 06:25 PM
a good Butcher:) who sells candy!
margie August 02, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Some place that would appeal to the younger generation, especially since the high school is right there! They need more places around Evergreen to keep them safe and out of trouble.
Nana August 04, 2012 at 07:05 AM
Move Moon Burgers or get Arby's or Burger King
Leo August 05, 2012 at 06:40 PM
a parking lot
Jeff Klein August 06, 2012 at 04:49 PM
- Parking, I don't see why the bank next door needs a football field sized parking lot. I don't see why any potential new business couldn't come to some rational arrangement to use the parking lot more efficiently. - The building adjacent to the lot used to be a candy shop called Reilly's. Later it became a now defunct travel agency. The empty lot has never been developed. Any development of that lot would need to start with demolishing the building next door. - It would be nice to see a deli or restaurant there. I think we have enough Burger King's there is a butcher (AJs) down the street, and a parking lot for what?

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