New Public Works Facility
The Village has reached an agreement to purchase a new facility to replace the existing Public Service Center, home of the Public Works Department at 51 Raupp Boulevard. The Village identified the expansion of its public works operation as a high priority as part of its 2017 space needs study. Since the current center was dedicated in 1976, the Village’s population has more than tripled. Staff and equipment have grown to meet the needs of the community.
The new Public Works Facility will be located at 1650 Leider Lane, a former warehouse space that has been vacant for more than two years. Retrofitting this location will come at a significantly lower cost compared to a newly constructed building. The Village anticipates Public Works will be operating out of the new location within the next two years.
During acquisition, remodeling and relocation, Public Works will continue to operate from its 51 Raupp Boulevard headquarters. The Village Board will consider options for reuse of the existing facility leading up to relocation and consistent with the recommendations of the 2018 Lake Cook Road Corridor Plan.
The existing facility has reached its growth capacity; its size and age are now limiting the level of services we can offer to our residents. The new facility is an existing, vacant warehouse space. An adaptive reuse of an existing building is more cost effective than a new building and avoids the complications of finding a site to build new.
Not quite yet! You can still find Public Works personnel at 51 Raupp Blvd, or working throughout the Village doing every-day tasks. The Village will be keeping residents updated through typical outreach via social media, E News, and other means, so stay tuned!
Public Works will be located at 1650 Leider Lane, nearby other industrial and landscaping businesses. Quick access to the larger State and County streets will help PW crews move throughout the Village efficiently and keep their noisy operations away from residential neighbors.
This move is the outcome of five years of careful review and planning stemming from a 2017 Facility Space Needs Assessment study. The findings determined that Public Works was operationally restricted by the size of the existing site and needed additional space to properly serve the community.
Public Works has grown up alongside the community and the current Public Service Center building is nearly half a century old. Like many aging buildings, major maintenance items and upgrades are required to keep the building operable. Key components of the building including the HVAC system, roof, fuel island, and paved surfaces require significant reinvestment to keep the building operable. However, even with that investment, the site would still not meet the Department's operational space and storage area needs.
The Village has budgeted for the anticipated costs associated with the move using a combination of capital and long-term debt planning. This forward thinking approach minimizes any potential future impact to the property tax levy.