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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

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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Warming Centers in Franklin Park


Leyden Township - 2620 N. Mannheim Road
Monday – Friday 6 AM-9 PM
Saturday 9 AM-3 PM

Centre at North Park -10040 Addison Ave.

Monday -Thursday 9 AM-8 PM
Friday 9 AM-5 PM
Saturday: 9 AM-Noon

Franklin Park Ice Arena - 9711 Waveland Ave

Monday – Friday 9 AM-8 PM

Saturdays and Sundays 8 AM-8 PM

Rush Oak Park Hospital, located at 500 South Maple Ave. in Oak Park, has a 24 - hour warming center. 

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When temperatures drop, take extra care to protect your pipes. Open your cabinet doors and keep a trickle of water running to stop them from freezing. If your pipes do freeze, be careful when using a hair dryer to attempt to thaw them. Do not immediately use the hottest setting as this could cause the pipe to crack. Be careful to warm the pipes up slowly and do not put the hair dryer directly up against the pipe. If using a space heater, do not put it right next to the frozen pipes. Instead, place the heater in the room, several feet away. If you need assistance with frozen pipes, call Public Works at (847) 671-8253.

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Rain Barrel Reminder


Remember to disconnect and drain your rain barrel. A constant freezing and thawing of the water inside may cause cracks in the barrel. Open the barrel’s spigot and leave it open for the period of no use, this will avoid freeze damage to the hardware of the barrel. Also, clean out the spigot to unclog any sediment. Store your barrels upside down in the winter to keep them clean for future use. If you are a senior citizen or handicapped, please contact the Village for assistance.

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Free Tax Counseling for Senior Citizens


IRS-trained and certified volunteers will help individuals age 60 or older from low- to moderate-income households prepare their tax returns. The Triton College RSVP Volunteer Program, in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service, is offering this FREE service by appointment only. Tax returns will be prepared at the following locations: Triton College, Elmwood Park Senior Center, Melrose Park Public Library, Proviso Township Office, Leyden Township Senior Center. For information or to schedule appointment, call 708-456-0300, at Ext. 3895./p>

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Senior Citizen, Disabled and Veteran Property Tax Exemptions Available


Make sure to check your property tax bill to verify that you are receiving all the exemptions for which you are eligible. Homeowners, 65 and older are eligible to receive a Senior Homeowner Exemption. You must apply annually to receive this exemption. Renewal notices were mailed. Make sure to return the application immediately.

The Senior Freeze Exemption is available if you have an annual household income of $65,000 or less. There are also exemptions available for Disabled Persons, Disabled Veterans and Returning Veterans. To get more information regarding these exemptions, go to www.cookcountyassessor.com and click on exemptions. Homeowners who are at least 65 years of age by June 1 and whose household income is $55,000 or less can apply for the Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Deferral program.

This tax-relief program works like a loan and allows qualified seniors to defer a maximum of $5,000 per tax year which will not have to be paid until the home is sold. To check eligibility and get an application, go to www.cookcountytreasurer.com

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Do You Need Help With Government Programs?


Leyden Family Services will be at Village Hall to help residents apply for government assistance programs from 9 to 11:30 AM on the following Wednesdays: 

January  30 - This has been cancelled due to weather conditions

February 13 and 27 

March 13 and 27. 

They can also help you make sense of your medical bills, provide prescription assistance and assist you in applying for license plate discounts and free train and bus passes

Document Checklist BEFORE you visit here...

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Blood Drive – Donate on March 1


The first Blood Drive of the year will be held on Friday, March 1 from 3-7:30 PM at the Franklin Park Police Station in the Community Room. The drive is held in partnership with Life Source and the Village's Senior Commission. Thank you for providing the gift of life to someone in need!

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Quiet Zone Update


The Village has received verbal notification that we have been approved for a $975,000 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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Happy Valentine’s Day – Giving From the Heart

Franklin Park’s ‘Year of Giving’ got off to a great start thanks to the generosity of our Scot Forge, a local business that makes its home on Belmont Avenue. Scot Forge has donated Jewel Osco gift cards to the Village. Some of the cards were given to Leyden Family Services, which helps those in need all year long. We are also contributing some of the gift cards to the Housing Authority of Cook County’s Senior Towers on Franklin Avenue to help offset the cost food.

If you are looking to give some of your time, RSVP, (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), is an organization that offers assistance to residents 55 and over. This organization is looking for volunteers. Their program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Illinois Department of Aging and Leyden Township. They are affiliated with Triton College. If you are interested, please contact kayfrey@triton.edu. If your organization has volunteer opportunities, or if you wish to donate to agencies or organizations in our Village, have a heart and please call the Mayor’s Office at 847-671-8236.

A Town with Sparkle

Our holiday home decorating contest was a huge success with more neighbors participating than ever before. This year’s winners were recognized for their achievement at the January Board meeting. You can see photos of their award winning creations in our February newsletter. Start planning next year’s extravaganza now!

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Our next Telephone Town Hall meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 PM. By participating in the call, you will get updates on Village projects and upcoming events, be able to answer surveys questions and even ask questions of interest to you and your family. It’s a great way to make your voice heard.

Recycle --- Right!

This is a friendly reminder that plastic shopping bags CANNOT be placed in your recycling bin. The bags will clog or break sorting machines. Please return all plastic bags along with plastic wraps and films to Jewel or other grocery stores that will recycle them properly. The best option is to use sustainable or reusable bags whenever possible. Confused about what can or cannot be recycled? Go to our Sustainability Page to view our Recycle Guide. 

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Mayor Barrett Pedersen visited with employees from Scot Forge and was happy to receive gift cards for Jewel Osco. The cards will be donated to those in need as part of the Village’s Year of Giving initiative. 

 

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