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Crestwood asks county’s help to annex unincorporated areas

Crestwood Mayor Lou Presta wants to annex two unincorporated areas of Cook County into his village, claiming they would add 800 to 900 homes and close to 4,000 residents to the current population of nearly 11,000 people.

Presta has sent a letter to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle asking for “guidance and assistance” with the annexation. When I asked the mayor what sort of assistance he was seeking, he said “about $8 million to $9 million” to install sidewalks, sewers and curbs to the areas.

One of the larger unincorporated areas includes two housing developments called Palos Gardens and Navajo Gardens in Worth Township, from 127th Street south to approximately 132nd Street, and from Ridgeland Avenue on the West to Menard on the east, near Shepard High School…Please click here to read Phil Kadner’s column in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

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