JOLIET – The Will County Board on Thursday voted to pass an agreement with the city of Joliet to open Chicago Street, construct a new parking lot near Union Station and transfer various parcels of land. The city of Joliet voted to approve the agreement at its City Council meeting Tuesday.
“I’m glad we could come to this agreement with Mayor [Bob] O’Dekirk, who has been a big supporter of our new state-of-the-art courthouse,” Will County Board Speaker Jim Moustis, R-Frankfort, said in a news release. “It demonstrates how different levels of government can work together to the benefit of both the county and the city.”
The agreement has the county transferring a parcel of land to the city between Washington and Jefferson streets, so that the city can connect the existing portions of Chicago Street and open it up to traffic. The county and city will construct a new parking lot near Union Station since some parking will be eliminated.
The city will take over a county-owned parking lot and combine it with the city’s current Union Station parking lot. The city will construct the unified lot with automated pay stations, and the county will maintain it. Parking in the lot will be free on weekends, designated holidays and after 4 p.m. on weekdays.
The agreement also includes a few other properties changing hands. The county will rehabilitate the building at 121 Chicago St. and then deed it to the city. The city then will demolish it. The city also will get a parking lot near Lafayette Street.
“As a resident of Joliet and a board member, I’m thrilled we could put this deal together,” Denise Winfrey, D-Joliet, said in the release. “I think both city and county residents will find it easier to get around downtown and park, whether to visit out new courthouse or any of Joliet’s many other attractions and businesses.”
Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2019.