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Shorewood hires firm for project analysis

As Shorewood witnessed residential expansion as well as commercial growth, the Village Board took on more agenda items at the regular board meeting Tuesday to create an organized method for future needs.

The Village Board has hired Tria Architecture to perform a space needs analysis for three different possible projects for the village. Tria Architecture will do complex studies on the needs for updates on a public works facility, updates on the police department building and the creation of a recreation center.

Tria Architecture will present three proposals to the board in early 2018. The recreation center proposal will take the most time because there was not an existing building, and Tria Architecture will perform a community survey to get feedback on what the community would like in the center.

The board also hired Ehlers and Associates to create a Shorewood Area Development Impact Fees study.

In a study prepared by Jennifer Tammen of Ehlers and Associates, the “village’s overarching goal is to ensure that its development fees are in line with the current market and that the village’s structure can support future changes in market conditions and capital needs.”

The group plans to meet directly with, or through the village, the affected taxing districts.

Specific tasks include the project initiation, which includes meetings with the village and representatives to create a timeline and a steering committee. Next comes the growth and capital asset investment that will review existing plans, identify potential capital asset investments and produce a cash flow analysis. Following services and tasks will be to establish a free ceiling for developmental impact fees, establish a free reality for development impact fees, prepare an analysis and preliminary report and prepare and deliver the final report to the board.

After the approval Tuesday, Ehlers and Associates said the study should take five to seven months. The preliminary total fee agreed upon was $28,750, but other fees could be added if needed for more meetings.

Mayor Rick Chapman made a statement in the regular board meeting to urge residents of Shorewood to attend the Illinois Department of Transportation public forum from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Joliet Junior College inside the Building “U” Auditorium. At this event, possible improvements near Interstate 55 from Interstate 80 to Route 52 will be discussed. This open event invites residents to
attend, look over the information, ask questions and voice concerns.

Chapman and Village of Shorewood Administrator Roger Barrowman voiced concern over the proposed plan to build an overpass at Mound Road over I-55. The two were concerned about semi-truck traffic cutting through that residential area to Ridge Road and down to I-80.

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