Public projects progressing in Frankfort
By Susan DeMar Lafferty email@example.com October 9, 2013 8:04PM
A new stage is under construction at Breidert Green in downtown Frankfort. | Susan DeMar Lafferty~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 11, 2013 11:38AM
Long-awaited projects are finally taking shape in Frankfort, as plans move forward to build an addition to the village hall and build a new stage at Breidert Green.
The village purchased the 1.5-acre corner lot adjacent to the village hall, at Nebraska Street and LaGrange Road, for $357,500, and plans to add meeting space for the village board and a community room. An architect has been hired to design the $4 million addition, which could be constructed this spring, village administrator Jerry Ducay said.
Since the village sold Heritage Hall in January 2009, village trustees have met in the basement of the police station. They postponed the village hall addition while waiting for the economy to recover, even though the money for the project had been saved.
The new stage at Breidert Green, a focal point in downtown Frankfort, will replace one that was torn down. The village budgeted $100,000 for the project and is using village staff to build it, with a completion date in mid-November.
“This project has been a long time coming,” Ducay said, citing maintenance issues with the prior stage, which had a roof that did not cover the stage floor.
The new stage will protect performers from inclement weather, give the audience a better view and provide some storage while maintaining its small-town charm, he said.
“We’re very excited about this. We can’t wait to see expanded events here,” Ducay said.
Breidert Green is in use year-round for summer concerts, the country market, the Christmas tree lighting ceremony and winter programs. The new stage ends a series of improvements at the property, including permanent restrooms, informational kiosks and new landscaping.
Frankfort has also acquired a vacant lot, 28 W. Nebraska St., to be improved and used for public parking.