The village of Montgomery broke ground this week on a new, $15.8 million public works facility.
According to a village news release, Village Board, staff representatives, local government leaders, and the general contractor gathered Monday evening, May 9, at the future site of the new village of Montgomery Public Works Building.
The gathering commemorated the official groundbreaking of the new 75,304-square-foot facility, which village officials describe as “a long-awaited and necessary upgrade for the community.”
The new building is directly adjacent to the current Public Works Building, built-in 1974 and expanded in 1990 to accommodate the onsite Water Treatment Facility and additional storage.
The aging facility will continue to house the water-treatment operation and storage. Officials said the new building will allow for enhanced fleet maintenance, equipment storage, staff facilities and offices, parking, access, and essential operational improvements.
Since 2000, the village has more than doubled in size. The department, responsible for the core and essential public services such as infrastructure and facility maintenance, roadway and signal repair, stormwater mitigation, water service, treatment, and waste, fleet maintenance, and emergency management, has continued to operate out of the 48-year-old building located at 891 Knell Road.
The project has been in the works for several years now, and while COVID delayed and changed the original project timeline and scope, the board and staff are working to keep the project moving forward.
The Construction Management Firm for the project, Camosy Construction (Zion, IL), and the Project Architect, Williams Architects (Itasca, IL), were present Monday evening to meet with the Village elected officials and join in the groundbreaking ceremony.
The project will take approximately one year, with completion in March 2023. Despite a wet spring, the village is championing the urgency of this project as the building will provide efficiencies to the essential municipal service provided by Public Works.
Once the project is complete, a formal ribbon-cutting for the public and stakeholders will take place for those interested in viewing and touring the facility and learning more about the Montgomery Public Works operations.
Additional information is available online at montgomeryil.org.
SOURCE: village of Montgomery news release
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