Hickory Hills - Facelift could keep cops away

  • Written by Kelly White

The city of Hickory Hills is hoping to benefit from some apartment makeovers beginning this summer. The apartments, located on 87th Street from Roberts Road to 85th Court have been the homes to previously neglectful residents, resulting in the area being more heavily patrolled by marked police cars on a daily basis, city officials said. 

In May, 2013, Police Chief Alan Vodicka gave an update on the increase in request for police services and escalated acts of violence in the vicinity of those multi-family dwellings.
Associated Real Estate Group representatives were on hand at last Thursday’s meeting and said they are ready to solve the problem. The group plans to renovate 48 apartment units, refinishing them with new kitchens, new bathrooms, front porches and even new a new parking lot.
There are 10 residents still residing in the 87th Street apartments, claiming ten of the 48 units to be renovated. The Associated Real Estate Group is hoping for the building to become vacant before beginning renovations.
“We are excited to be here and to work with the city,” said Bane Simic on behalf of the group. Simic said the group has 122 units in its portfolio that it manages.
“We are a very young and energetic company and we are willing to work hard for the best result.” Simic said.
Hickory’s building commissioner John Moirano said he is excited to be working with The Associated Real Estate Group and spoke highly of them. Mayor Mike Howley said he is looking forward to the apartment renovations. “It will be a nice improvement here in the city,” he said.

The Associated Real Estate Group says it has the understanding of the principle economics that effect properties and track record of effectively increasing the bottom line profit to its clients. The group provides 24-hour emergency service, has a full time staff of professional maintenance engineers and works closely with it clients.
Aside from the renovations, which are set to begin this July, Simic and the group will also be managing the building, running background, credit and landlord checks on all interested tenants. The group will work with SafeRent to obtain this information. A SafeRent consumer file may include criminal and/or landlord-tenant records as well as rental performance history.
Even if a tenant passes the SafeRent check, he will have to pass a face-to-face interview with a member of The Associated Real Estate Group.
“We will be asking him or her questions as to why they are moving and the reasons for it,” Simic said. “We will be looking for good quality residents.”
After passing the first two criteria an applicant will need to complete a previous landlord check where a member of The Associated Real Estate Group will be calling the applicant’s previous landlord to inquire about his or her tenant status.