Frankfort Village Hall getting addition
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY firstname.lastname@example.org December 8, 2013 4:06PM
Construction on the expansion of the Frankfort administration building, shown in this rendering, could begin in the spring. | Supplied image
Updated: January 10, 2014 6:03AM
Construction on the addition to Frankfort’s village hall could begin in the spring, now that village trustees have approved the plans and the project’s budget.
At a recent meeting, the village board set the budget at $5 million and disclosed that the village has the cash on hand to complete the project, which will anchor the southeast corner of LaGrange Road and Nebraska Street and serve as a gateway to the historic downtown area.
The Linden Group now will complete the architectural drawings, with plans to go out for bid in late January or early February, village administrator Jerry Ducay said. The village could occupy the new building by the end of 2014.
The plan includes a 3,300-square-foot meeting room for use by the village board and community groups, a new main entrance and reception area, public bathrooms, a lobby, public plaza, about 3,500 square feet of office space and additional parking and landscaping. It will be added on to the existing building, 432 Nebraska St., which will be renovated to blend in with the new structure.
A brief open house on the project was held before the board’s action, and comments from the public have been positive, Ducay said.
Frankfort has planned a new village board meeting space since the village sold its previous space at Heritage Hall in 2008.
The board currently meets in the lower level of the police station.
Renderings of the building expansion are on the village’s website at www.villageoffrankfort.com.
In an ongoing, long-term effort to revitalize the downtown area, trustees approved the village buying a residential lot, 26 White St., for $170,000. The house on the site will be razed for redevelopment, Ducay said.
It’s the third site the village has acquired downtown in a long-term plan to preserve and enhance the character of the area and promote mixed-use development. It’s easier to redevelop land downtown if the village owns it, Ducay said.
Previously, the village bought the former Fox Lumber property, which it is leasing to a dress shop owner, and a parking lot on Nebraska Street.