The development of Phoenix is closely tied to its larger neighbor, Harvey. Harvey was established as an industrial city with no saloons. Many of its early factories were located between the Illinois Central Railroad and Harvey’s eastern boundary at Halsted Street.
One local businessman, William McLatchy, owned a large tract of land in an unincorporated area outside of Harvey. Soon, five saloons had opened in the area and a small housing subdivision known as Phoenix Park was constructed during the 1890s.
City leaders in Harvey, seeing businesses just outside their boundaries selling alcohol to local workers, sought to annex Phoenix Park and render it “dry” or free of alcohol-related establishments.
A new Village Hall was completed in October of 2001. The new building houses the Clerk’s Office, Water Department, City Council Chambers, Mayor’s Office, Police Department, Public Lockup, Computer Lab, & Administrative Offices. The building is located at 633 East 151st Street between the Fire Station and the Williams Hawkins Multi-Purpose Center.
The old Village Hall has been demolished and will be used for commercial development. In addition to a new Village Hall, we recently constructed a Public Works Building which is located at 15117 3rd Avenue, which is directly behind the Phoenix Fire Station.