OAK FOREST, IL – The town of Oak Forest got a little bigger after last week’s city council meeting, where officials voted to annex a property already inland from Oak Forest facilities.
The 2-acre lot at 16426 South Kedvale Avenue became part of Oak Forest on January 11th. Previously, it was part of unincorporated Cook County, meaning it was not governed by a municipality or anyone other than county officials.
The property is owned by the company that operates Legendary Baking, a wholesale cake and bread bakery. The group owns the building adjacent to the property at 16425 South Kilbourn Avenue from which it operates the industrial business.
The new property on Kedvale Avenue is also designated for industrial use, but company officials did not immediately respond to Patch’s questions about the company’s plans for the area.
“Basically, today we have the opportunity to acquire a property that is completely landlocked within our borders,” said Paul Rune, director of economic development for Oak Forest. “We will bring in and support a company that is already here and begin to make improvements and future expansions and leverage the rest of the property they have purchased.”
According to city records, Legendary Baking purchased both lots in 2017.
Rune told councilors the annexation was ideal because the property’s proximity to the water tower could easily be converted to city water systems, and the city’s long-term goal for the area is to eventually convert to all industrial facilities.
The property is likely to fall under the 1st Circuit area of Alderman Laura Gray. Alderman Jim Emmet expressed concern at the meeting about how Legendary Baking employees would access the adjacent property to avoid disrupting homes near Kedvale and Kilbourn avenues, and was told the city was the control over the entrance plans would increase as the property is now within the city lines.