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posted: 3/3/2010 12:01 AM

Carpentersville trustees forgo public works addition

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The Carpentersville village board will forgo a second story shell in the new public works facility that could be modified into office space to ensure the building is completed for about $12 million.

And for now, the village is not in the market for a new village hall site.

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Trustees directed Williams Architects to leave out the mezzanine level that was proposed to house community development offices in the future. The space occupied by the community development department at village hall would have provided the police department with additional space.

But four of the six board members at Tuesday's meeting said they did not support the shell space because it would tack on about $2 million to the final cost.

Trustees estimated the additional space would add $633,000 to the construction costs, as well as about $50,000 in design fees and almost $1 million more to furnish and complete the office renovation.

"We told the residents that we would not go over the $12 million mark," Trustee Bradford McFeggan said. "There are other options."

Trustees Kay Teeter and Keith Hinz also opined that the village should hold the line at $12 million. Trustee Patricia Schultz was the lone trustee to support the second story. Trustee Paul Humpfer declined to comment but had previously said he would not support the public works project if office space was not included for other departments.

Village President Ed Ritter said he was not convinced the second story was the best option for the village because it would divide departments - namely community development and the finance departments - across two buildings. Instead, Ritter said the village could purchase the Old Larkin School at 20 S. Grove Ave. in the future and renovate the space to fit the village's needs at about the same costs. Ritter said the building's owner, Tom Roeser, indicated the village could purchase the site for about $1.2 million.

"It seems to me that having village hall in one place is a good thing," Ritter said.

However, trustees were not confident that the purchase of the building is in the best interest of residents.

Schultz said the true cost of the Larkin School building was unknown because of renovation work that would be needed.

"I have a lot of concerns about this; this is not the true cost," Schultz said. "At this point I cannot wrap my head around this for the taxpayers."

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