Thursday, August 23, 2012
Andre B sang and the Studio 22 Hi-Tek Dance Team performed at the mall's Back to School concert.
Kids and parents flocked to Golf Mill Shopping Center in numbers last Thursday for its Back to School concert. Pop star Andre B. sang, danced and signed autographs, and the Studio 22 Hi-Tek Dance Team, which has its headquarters in the mall, performed. We've included photos and video. Like Niles-Morton Grove Patch on Facebook for news and conversation Receive local news from Patch by email. It's free
Friday, July 6, 2012
Things to do and places to go throughout the north Chicago suburbs to escape the heat!
It's hot. We know. That's an understatement. Patch wants to help you beat the heat in these record-breaking temperatures. We've put together a map of places to go and thing to do in the North Chicago suburbs during this heat wave. You can also help Patch readers (and your friends and neighbors!) by clicking "Edit" on the map and dropping a pin on the map to tell us your favorite things to do when it's 105 degrees. Or, just sit back and enjoy the map we've put together for you. It's too hot to work. Like Niles-Morton Grove Patch on Facebook for news and conversation
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Maybe it's time for the mall to sell to new ownership which has the resources and expertise to better run the business. A letter to the editor.
The following Letter to the Editor expresses the views of the author; Patch merely provides a forum for opinions. In regard to the open letter to the editor from Katie Schneider and Iwona Filipiak of the Niles Chamber of Commerce and Industry, dated May 23, 2012, I wish to disagree with most of it if not all of it. Earlier: Chamber's letter urging Niles business redevelopment The Village of Niles 2030 Comprehensive Plan states it is a policy guide in making any decisions that might come up (page 1). It is being treated as a mandate to spend and fulfill all of its goals in stone by misguided and zealous village officials. Village officials two years ago said it was a guide for policy, not actions. It has made a metamorphosis into what …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The village could have been put in the position of having to grant similar tax increase requests from other malls and businesses.
The following is a Letter to the Editor from Niles Village Trustee Chris Hanusiak. During the recent March 27 Niles Village Board meeting, I pointed out that the management of Golf Mill Shopping Center has not kept up with normal maintenance procedures and now wants the village board to create a special taxing district which would impose an addition .25% sales tax on consumers at the mall. The tax would be collected by the village and then turned over to the mall management. After a fact-finding tour of the Golf Mill facilities, I concluded it really is strange that the mall management now wants shoppers to pay more money to fix up the mall. Why should any customer pay more for goods just because the mall hasn’t done their expected job…
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
After lengthy discussion, trustees question why mall didn't fix its flooding problems during profitable years. A plan that would have helped the mall without raising additional taxes was considered, but died.
Sales taxes at Golf Mill Shopping Center will not be raised after the Niles Village Board turned thumbs down on the idea at its meeting Tuesday. However, that means the mall will not get the financing its leaders said it needed to renovate, stay financially healthy and keep sales tax revenue flowing to the village. After the mall floated the idea of a public-private partnership in August and the board aired the controversial issues at a public hearing last month, the 4-1 vote (with one absence) hinged on what Trustee Chris Hanusiak characterized as the mall's unwillingness to pay for routine maintenance to solve its flooding issues during the profitable years before the recession. Earlier: Arguments erupt over proposed sales tax increase …
Friday, March 16, 2012
It will be the second Ross store in Niles, and will be almost 27,000 square feet.
Golf Mill Shopping Center will get a Ross Dress For Less store, scheduled to open in Fall 2012 or Spring 2013, the mall announced Friday afternoon. Ross, a national off-price retailer, entered the Chicagoland market last year with several suburban stores, including one in Pointe Plaza on Touhy in Niles. It specializes in clothing, housewares, shoes and accessories and, according to its website, sells at 20 to 60 percent below regular retail prices. "Off-price bargain stores are one of the hottest types of retail entities," said Monika Kalicki, Golf Mill's marketing manager. "It makes us a shopping destination people will drive for." Earlier: Ross Planned on Touhy Ross, which originated in 1982, has more than 1,000 stores in 30 states. …
Friday, March 2, 2012
Seven professionals urged the Niles Village Board to raise sales tax at Golf Mill, but Kohl's representative, citizens spoke against it.
Emotions flared Tuesday during a public hearing on whether to raise the sales tax at Golf Mill Shopping Center by 0.25 percent (25 cents on $100). Proponents of the tax, mostly mall management and consultants, said the revenue received from the tax would rejuvenate the mall, allow it to thrive against competing malls and provide the sales tax revenue needed to keep Niles' residents' property taxes relatively low. Opponents said the proposed tax would drive shoppers to other towns with lower sales taxes. One complained mall management was asking the public to pick up the tab for upkeep that she felt the mall should have made over the years. Earlier: Golf Mill favors sales tax increase "I don't mind public-private partnerships to …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
It has signed a lease for a small department store to come in, and is filling the former Elephant Bar space with a new restaurant; improvements expected to generate $244,000 in revenue for Niles in first year.
Walking from a first ribbon cutting to a second one Friday, Golf Mill Shopping Center's General Manager Mike Williams showed visitors how some stores were changing locations so that substantial space could be made available for a small department store just north of JCPenney. He had just signed the lease for a "junior" department store--industry parlance for a merchant smaller than Golf Mill's main anchors--he said, but did not name it Friday. Golf Mill is also filling the former Elephant Bar space with a new restaurant, he said. He estimated the new businesses would be opening their doors by September. He said he expected the new businesses and services to pay sales taxes that would generate about $244,000 in sales tax revenue for the …
Monday, February 27, 2012
Trying to fend off a competing mall being built in Rosemont, Golf Mill Shopping Center wants to make upgrades, but can't get financing. Niles will hold public hearing Tuesday on whether to impose a tax only at Golf Mill to fund improvements there.
The Niles village board will listen to public comments Tuesday on whether to impose a 0.25 percent (25 cents on $100) sales tax on merchandise sold at Golf Mill Shopping Center. The tax would go to fund improvements at Golf Mill to make infrastructure and appearance upgrades and freshen it. At a village board meeting in August, Mike Williams, Golf Mill's general manager, said those improvements are necessary to keep the mall competitive with improvements at Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect, as well as a new Rosemont mall scheduled to open this spring. Williams and two consultants said the mall cannot get financing for the improvements it wants to implement, making the partnership with village government necessary for them. Consequently…
Friday, February 24, 2012
The 550,000 sq. ft. development is coming at a time when Niles is considering a special tax for Golf Mill to fund renovations at the shopping center to keep it an economic engine for the village.
The Rosemont Village Board approved a series of ordinances that moves the village one step closer to a new fashion outlet mall and parking garage at a special meeting on Tuesday, Journal and Topics Newspapers reported. Rosemont Mayor Bradley Stephens said the development, which is expected to open in the spring, could bring 3,000 new jobs to the village and bring in $9 million in annual tax revenue. The move is significant for Niles, because Golf Mill has argued it needs money to renovate to stay competitive with the coming Rosemont mall as well as planned mall improvements in Mount Prospect. The village of Niles will hold a public hearing Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. to hear comments on whether a 0.25 percent sales tax should be imposed on …