Construction activity likely in Maple Park

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

MAPLE PARK – Village President Kathy Curtis believes 2014 will break a years-long streak of residential construction inactivity.

While all of the village’s foreclosed homes have been bought and are occupied, Curtis said, a new home hasn’t been built in Maple Park since 2007.

Village officials are encouraged that the vacant residential lots are being purchased, Curtis said. She said there are about 100 vacant properties throughout Maple Park.

“We are hoping to see new building permits pulled for them,” she said. “Even if we see one or two, it will be great for Maple Park.”

Commercial land also is ready for development, but that is more of a wait-and-see situation, Curtis said.

“They have it advertised nationally,” she said. “It’s just a matter of interest before they build it out.”

Also in 2014, Maple Park hopes to install more playground equipment in Washington Park, Curtis said. She noted that will be dependent on securing equipment.

- Ashley Sloboda

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