Lakemoor picks architects to design proposed village hall

LAKEMOOR – A village hall that will fit the look of the town is what Lakemoor officials are thinking after their first workshop with a recently hired architecture firm, its village president said.

The Lakemoor Village Board approved an agreement with FGM Architects of Oak Brook at its meeting Thursday evening.

Village President Todd Weihofen said he's pleased with the pick, adding the firm is one of the top municipal architect firms in the Chicago area.

The new building would include village offices and the police department, and would be about 12,000 to 13,500 square feet in size, according to village documents.

The village would either sell the current police department at 27901 W. Concrete Drive or figure out if there's another use for it, Weihofen said.

The new campus also would incorporate the ideas laid out in the village's comprehensive plan, mainly villagewide walkability.

The designs for the new village hall should be ready in five to six months, and officials plan on going out to bid on the project this year so work can start in the spring.

Weihofen said they saw no reason to rush the process because the village is already renting offices and starting work in the winter could rack up unforeseen costs because of the weather.

The total project is estimated to cost $5.4 million with total construction costs estimated at $4.5 to $4.9 million, according to village documents.

FGM Architects is to be paid $445,500 plus expenses, according to the proposal provided by the village.

The village also held its third Complete Streets Committee meeting Thursday evening, which will put together a policy that is aimed at achieving the same goals outlined in the comprehensive plan, including connecting all the subdivisions, making the village walkable and emphasizing open spaces, Weihofen said. The goal is to have the policy completed by July.

The village received a grant to pay for staff time to put together the policy. The grant does not cover implementing the plan.

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