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Starbucks

Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Trustees and Village staff held a ribbon cutting in June, 2017, to welcome Starbucks to Franklin Park. The popular international coffee retailer moved into a recently-constructed 2,500 SF building at 2800 Mannheim Road, on the northwest corner of Grand and Mannheim. The new retail facility features a drive-thru, an outdoor patio, a bright and spacious interior and nitro cold brew coffee on tap. The new Starbucks is located on a former BP gas station site, which was remediated by the property owner in 2009. 

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T-Mobile

The Village is pleased to welcome T-Mobile to Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Trustees and Village staff held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the business's new facility at 2926 N. Mannheim Road, Unit 3. At their grand opening event, T-Mobile invited employees to shave their heads to raise money for Franklin Park children fighting cancer through the St. Baldrick's Foundation. T-Mobile's brand new space is part of a three-unit, 6,000 SF commercial development recently constructed by Glazier Corporation. 

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Panattoni Development Company

The Village of Franklin Park held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the largest construction project of 2016: a new 491,089 SF industrial speculative development by Panattoni Development Group at 3400 Wolf Road, the former site of Castle Metals. Over 300,000 square feet of the building has already been leased to distribution firm CST. Panattoni Development Company is one of the largest privately held real estate development companies in the world and has 24 offices in the United States, Canada and Europe. 

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Molto Properties

The Village of Franklin Park celebrated the construction of a new 367,000 SF industrial speculative development by Molto Properties with a ribbon-cutting in early November of 2016. The new building at 10501 Seymour Avenue will be followed by construction of a second 106,000 SF industrial speculative building on the same site. Colliers International is currently seeking industrial users for the new space, which is located across the street from O’Hare Airport and less than a mile to I-294 and the I-90 interchange.

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Chipotle is open for business in Franklin Park!

Mayor Barrett Pedersen,Trustees Karen Special , John Johnson and Andy Ybarra, Clerk Irene Avitia and Village staff cut the ribbon to officially welcome the new restaurant to the area. Chipotle Mexican Grill is located at 2926 Mannheim Road. Chipotle offers a menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients that are sustainably grown.

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Grupo Omnilife SA de CV develops, manufactures, and markets nutritional foods, drinks, and dietary supplements and offers weight-loss products, vitamins and supplements and beauty care products. They are located at 10007 Grand Ave.

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Free Shred and Recycling Event - August 18


The Village is partnering with State Representative Camille Lilly to host a free Shred and Recycling Event on Saturday, August 18, from 9 AM to Noon in the parking lot of the Franklin Park Police Station. Bring your old bills and personal documents to be shredded to protect your personal identity. The shredding service is free and open to Franklin Park residents only and is not available for business use. Two containers per person will be accepted. Residents cannot leave cardboard boxes at the event. Please remove all staples and clips. Material for shredding will be accepted until the truck reaches capacity. Electronic devices are prohibited by law from going into landfills.

Drop-off your electronics at the event so they can be recycled properly! Items accepted include computer equipment, televisions, stereos, game consoles, DVD & VCR players, copiers and fax machines. To see a complete list, click here......

Also, the Village will collect old and unwanted cell phones that day to refurbish for seniors to utilize in emergency situations. The Police will also be accepting unused and expired drugs including over the counter medication. If you have questions, please call 847-671-8282. .

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Take the Des Plaines River Trail Survey


Active Transportation Alliance is working with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County to assess and improve portions of the Des Plaines River Trail in Cook County. As part of this effort, they are gathering feedback from local residents to identify ways the trail could be improved. Your input is important to the process! Please take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/dprt_survey

If you'd like to learn more about the Des Plaines River Trail in Cook County, go to the Forest Preserve's website here:https://map.fpdcc.com/#/?trail=Des+Plaines+Trail+System

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Crystal Creek Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) approved


We are pleased to announce that on July 25th, 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced its acceptance of the flood insurance study and LOMR application sponsored jointly by the Village of Franklin Park and the Village of Schiller Park.

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Warm Weather Means Stay Cool and Hydrated


The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible so please be careful. It is important to stay hydrated. Stay in an air-conditioned room and out of the sun. Young children and the elderly are extremely susceptible to heat related injuries and illnesses. Also, please remember to provide plenty of water for pets and to limit their exposure to the outside.

Cooling Centers are available at the following locations:

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6:00am-9:00pm M-F, 9:00am-3:00pm SAT
2620 N Mannheim Rd
Franklin Park, IL 60131
 
Norwood Park
9:00am-4:00pm M-THU, 9:00am-3:00pm FRI
7833 W. Lawrence Ave
Norridge, IL 60706
 

The Franklin Park Ice Area is located at 9711 Waveland Ave. and is open from 9 AM - 8 PM Monday - Friday, from 8 AM - 9:30 PM on Saturdays and on Sunday from 8 AM - 7 PM.  

Tollway Oasis locations are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Department of Human Services cooling centers are open during normal business hours from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. For more information about DHS Cooling Centers, please call the Illinois Department of Human Services hotline at (800) 843-6154 during normal business hours. ?There is a facility located in Melrose Park at 2701 West Lake Street. 

The Franklin Park non-emergency number is (847) 678-2444. An operator is available at this number 24 hours a day so you can call it at any time if you have a question or concern.

List of Cook County cooling centers......

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Construction on Franklin Avenue


Please be aware that Franklin Avenue, west of Williams Drive, will experience reduced lanes and possible delays to facilitate water main work. Work will continue through the end of August. We will provide updates as needed.

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Closure Begin for Work on Tri-State Tollway Project


Shoulder closures and overnight lane reductions between Rosemont and Franklin Park have begun on the Tollway (I-294), with initial construction scheduled between Balmoral Avenue in Rosemont and Wolf Road in Franklin Park. The work is part of the Tollway's effort to reconstruct old infrastructure to meet modern transportation needs and to reduce traffic congestion.

Construction work is weather permitting and will include repairing, resurfacing and widening I-294 to five lanes between Balmoral Avenue and Wolf Road in Franklin Park, as well as reconstructing barrier walls, medians and shoulders in this area.Watch for electronic message signs and construction signage that will alert drivers to scheduled bridge closures, traffic patterns and work zone speed limits. Maps, construction and detour information about the Tollway (I-294) Project is available on the Tollway’s website at illinoistollway.com.

Read the entire Illinois Tollway press release here......

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Please Maintain Your Lawns


Residents are encouraged to mow their lawn on a regular basis and eliminate weeds in alleys and areas behind homes. Grass and weeds cannot exceed six inches in height because mosquitoes and rodents can hide and breed there. The Village will start issuing tickets to homeowners if their grass is over six inches high. If you are disabled or elderly and need assistance complying, please call us at 847-671-4800. Also, if you see properties that need to be maintained, please alert the Village. Thank you for your cooperation!

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Quiet Zone Update


The Village has received verbal notification that we have been approved for a $1.1 million Pedestrian Rail Safety Grant! The grant will fund a significant portion of the safety improvements needed at the pedestrian crossing at the Calwagner and 25th Street grade crossings and the Metra Station. Next, we will be working with Metra to design and construct the safety improvements. The Village will make street improvements including installing a median barrier at 25th and Ruby. Watch our Village newsletter for updates as we move closer to obtaining a Quite Zone Designation in Franklin Park! .

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“Teach Your Children Well”

That was a lyric from a popular Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song from when I was growing up. They are words to live by and learn from. While this concept is still true, I have come to learn that we are also taught by our children. In Franklin Park, I am amazed by the intelligence and passion of our young people.

Each year, we hold a “Mayor for a Day’ writing contest open to students in third, fourth and fifth grades. Students are asked to offer their ideas on specific subjects relating to the community and what they would do if they were Mayor of Franklin Park. Adela Struzouca, a 4th grade student at Passow School, was the winner this year. Adela wrote an outstanding essay on how to make our town more neighborly and discussed holding a community-wide recycling party.

Though we choose a winner, I believe that every child who enters is a winner. They have demonstrated one of the most important aspects of a working democracy- speaking their mind. Their perspective is unique and authentic. The Board and I welcome their input and we listen to their ideas. I am impressed with the depth and breadth of their understanding of our community’s challenges, needs and opportunities.

These students are very well versed in the issues of the day. They address subjects of sustainability, immigration, affordable housing and school safety. There are also some great recommendations for ways to provide free ice cream and pool passes! Children are our future and keeping and attracting new families to Franklin Park is a mission of our Village Board. We have worked to keep our property taxes stable. We continue to improve our infrastructure and provide family-oriented events. We prioritize public safety because safeguarding our neighborhoods helps to keep property values high. Investing in our community will keep us a diverse Village that honors and respects its citizens of all ages.

Our Board also works closely with the school districts, the Library Board and the Park District to ensure that Franklin Park has the recreational, cultural and educational assets that will attract growing families.

A Rising Young Business Star

One of Franklin Park’s young stars is Jeanette Chavarria Torres, just named by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of 20 in their 20’s. Jeanette is the founder, President and CEO of Franklin Park-based DCH Construction and Hauling. The firm moves dirt, sand and gravel to construction sites. Jeanette persevered through economic downturns to build a successful company from one truck and trailer to nine vehicles and now services clients including Christy Weber Landscaping and METRA.

Fewer than two percent of women-owned businesses achieve over $1 million in annual revenue, which DCH has accomplished.A former Village employee, Jeanette now serves on our Zoning Board of Appeals. We congratulate Jeanette and we are glad she is part of our Franklin Park Family! Franklin Park parents -- you have taught your children well. Keep it up! We encourage your participation in our community and look forward to hearing more from these talented young people.

 

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On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we want to offer our condolences to the family and friends of Train Guru Don Fulmer who passed away last month. For over 20 years, Don offered his leadership and guidance to our Annual Railroad Days Festivals. His tireless efforts brought unique and vintage train cars, along with countless train enthusiasts, to our community.

Thank you Don Fulmer for your years of service and dedication in honoring Franklin Park’s rail heritage.

 

Mayor Barrett Pedersen

 

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