By Kelly White
The Palos Hills City Council plans to rezons the former Sid’s Greenhouse property on Southwest Highway.
Sid’s, 10943 Southwest Highway, filed for bankruptcy in 2011 and reopened last year at 11164 Southwest Highway under the name Sid’s Flowers and More. City officials want to change the zoning form residential to commercial. The property is designated “special-use,” which would allow a business to operate there even under the existing zoning.
The City Council at its meeting March 14 urged the Planning & Zoning Board to recommend rezoning the property as commercial. City aldermen will ultimately make the decision on whether to rezone the land.
“If we keep the property residential, it will become a constant struggle over why nothing can get done with the businesses in the area because the neighbors won’t want the noise, smoke, dust or the smells, ect,” said Alderman A.J. Pasek (3rd Ward) said in reference to the rezoning. “Residents will be coming in here stating how new business construction nearby to that property is or will be offensive and there are a lot of businesses along that street and in that area.
“That house needs to be a business property and never become a residential property,” Pasek said. “That house, as a residential piece of property, needs to go.”
Palos Hills Mayor Jerry Bennett said that if the house remains residentially-zoned, parking and other issues might arise.
“Whoever buys the property, if it stays residential, will be buying a residential property right on the busy street,” Bennett said.
If the property is rezoned to commercial, the buyer must purchase the property with the intention to use the site for business.
“I just want to know that someone can’t buy that piece of property and come in here, before the council, and say that they want to rent that as a home to someone or even use it as a home for themselves,” aid Alderman Martin Kleefisch.
The Planning and Zoning Board will within the next few weeks hear a request to rezone the property and decide whether to recommend it be rezoned. Bennett stated the city will notify all Palos Hills’ residents, along with residents in the entire surrounding area.