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Posted on: January 13, 2023

City, EM8 Properties break ground on mixed-use development

Shovels in ground

The City of Oak Forest and EM8 Properties broke ground on the mixed-use development at 4800 W. 157th Street on Thursday, January 12. Construction of the mixed-use development, which includes 75 multi-family units, commercial first-floor space and 15 row homes is officially underway.

“Our team has been working on this development for a long time, and we are very proud of the outcome,” said Oak Forest Economic Development Director Ed Cage.  “This project encapsulates exactly the type of new development we desire in Oak Forest, a mixture of commercial and residential living options.  A high-quality development so close to the Metra train station will be a great asset and will provide an anchor for further development along Cicero Avenue.”

“We are thrilled to break ground on this large-scale, residential development just steps away from the Metra train station,” said Etamar Deshe and Michael Gallant, managers of EM8 Properties.  “The City of Oak Forest has been tremendously supportive in bringing this project to life. It’s a strong team effort, and we are extremely proud to be building quality homes for the hardworking middle class of America.”  

Kinzie Builders is the general contractor and OKW Architects is the project architect.  


PHOTO: Left to right: Oak Forest Economic Development Director Ed Cage, City Clerk Jack Janozik, Building Commissioner Mike Forbes, Planner Paul Ruane, EM8 Properties Manager Michael Gallant, EM8 Properties Manager Etamar Deshe, Mayor Hank Kuspa, City Administrator Tim Kristin, Public Works Director Mike Salamowicz, Treasurer Ericka Vetter, Alderperson Jim Emmett, and Kinzie Group Principal Steve Spinell.

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