LAKEMOOR – The village of Lakemoor is moving ahead with its plans to build a new village hall.
The Lakemoor Village Board unanimously authorized the execution of a contract with Chicago-based firm FGM Architects at its meeting Thursday evening, Village Clerk Bonnie Sikora said.
Village officials are still working on the terms of the contract and how much the deal will cost largely depends on the size of the project, Village President Todd Weihofen said.
A workshop is planned for next Saturday to allow the Village Board a chance to assess other municipal centers, decide whether it wants a combined facility for administrative and police functions, and evaluate whether to do the project in phases or in one go, he said.
The proposed building will also need to factor in anticipated growth, Weihofen said, adding that the population could double or even triple in the coming decades.
"You're trying to build a 40-year building," he said. "Eventually [the growth is] going to happen. The population is pushing further away from Chicago."
All of these decisions, which could be finalized as early at the board's next regular board meeting, will factor into how much the new building will cost.
The village has about $2 million saved for the project but will likely have to go out for bonds to cover costs, Weihofen said.
The village used some of its savings to purchase 3.2 acres of vacant land at 28585 W. Route 120 in December to house the future village hall.
The board is on a "little bit of a fast-track schedule," Weihofen said. He hopes to have a shovel in the ground by September or October.
"We're renting offices right now," he said. "We want to move ahead. Unfortunately, it's been 12 years that we've been looking to build a village hall."
Village administration has been operating out of two leased suites at 28874 W. Route 120 since it moved out its old village hall, which dated back to the 1950s and was not wheelchair accessible. The old hall was demolished in November.