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What Should Go Here? The Old Beatty Lumber Yard

It’s time to play “what should go here,” the game that lets readers dream big about the kind of businesses and development they’d like to see in Oak Lawn.

Those of us living near the former Beatty Lumber property will miss the local possum and raccoon population, but we’ll be glad when something finally goes up on what has become a neighborhood eyesore.

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The old lumberyard has been a hot topic of conversation in the village board chambers—so much so, that the rodents living there's ears must be burning. A nine-story medical office tower and state-of-the-art senior center are just a few of the proposed concepts for the old lumberyard at 96th Street and 52nd Avenue, political drama aside.

“We’re working on different concepts,” Mayor Dave Heilmann said. “I don’t think anything has been decided. We’re getting some thoughts together.”

Whatever those thoughts may be, Oak Lawn residents will have a chance to weigh in at a meeting in the near future, according to the mayor.

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You’ve read the stories—now it’s your chance to dream big and play developer. Tell us in the comments what you’d like to see happen with the old Beatty Lumber property. Let it rip because you have a local election coming up.

(We do think that the Beaver sign should be somehow preserved.)

What would you like to see happen with the former Beatty property? Tell us in the comments.

PD November 23, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I totally agree!!!
MM November 24, 2012 at 11:12 AM
LOVE this idea. Good thinkin' Joe.
PD November 24, 2012 at 02:41 PM
NO, NO AND NO!!!! THAT WILL RUIN THE NEIGHBORHOOD BAD!!!! GOOD GRIEF!!!
PD November 24, 2012 at 02:49 PM
THOUGH YOUR IDEA IS A GOOD ONE MARY, I THINK IF YOU REALIZED WHAT THE TRAFFIC SITUATION WOULD BE WITH STORES, BANKS ETC, AND IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT YOU MIGHT CHANGE YOUR MIND. I THINK THE TRIBUTE TO VETERANS WOULD BE GREAT AND ALTHOUGH THERE WOULD BE TRAFFIC I DON'T THINK IT WOULD BE AS BAD AS HAVING STORES THERE. I COULD BE WRONG.
wannasee November 24, 2012 at 04:52 PM
How about a wishing well? It will be a fantastic place where naive readers of the Patch can meet and throw their pennies into a fountain and make a wish. A large marble horse with the "has been" or more appropriately named "never was" reporter sitting on top, would be a fascinating entryway into the downtown area. Oh it sounds like a dream. But so do all these other suggestions.

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