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Glazier Corporation

Glazier Corporation broke ground on a retail development on the corner of Mannheim Road and Crown Road, just north of Grand Avenue in November . Mayor Barrett Pedersen and Trustees Bill Ruhl, Cheryl McLean and John Johnson were on hand to welcome them to Franklin Park. Glazier closed on the 42,000 SF vacant site in October to develop a 3-unit retail center to include a Chipotle and a T-Mobile which will be operational by summer of 2017.

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Fargo Manufacturing

The Village is pleased to welcome Fargo Manufacturing to Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen and Village staff held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the business's new facility at 2312 N. 17th Avenue. Formerly located in Chicago’s west side, the business relocated to the Village due to its safety, central location and manufacturing clusters. Fargo Manufacturing was first established in 1947 and produces checkout counters, store fixtures, and auxiliary fuel systems and parts for MD500 and MD900 series helicopters. You can learn more about the business at fargoauxfuel.com and uniquecheckoutsystems.com.

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Edward Elmhurst Health Clinic

Edward Elmhurst Health Clinic has opened its doors inside the Jewel-Osco grocery store located at 10203 W. Grand Avenue in Franklin Park. The clinic's services are provided by board-certified family nurse practitioners and physician assistants. No appointment is necessary and most major insurance plans are accepted. Visit EEHealth.org/walkin for more information and wait times. 

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Mai-Quesi II

The Village welcomes Mai-Quesi II Seafood & Mexican Cuisine, located at 3531 Rose Street in Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen and Village Trustees James Caporusso, John Johnson, Karen Special and Andy Ybarra attended the restaurant’s grand opening event. With the extremely popular Mai-Quesi I in Aurora, this is the family-owned business’s 2nd restaurant in the Chicagoland area. While fabulous seafood dishes are the focus of this upscale eatery, you can also order grilled meat dishes and Mexican favorites. Check out the restaurant’s menu and gallery at www.mai-quesi.com.

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Zacatecas Mexican Restaurant

Zacatecas Mexican Restaurant has opened its doors at 10150 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen and Village Trustees James Caporusso, Bill Ruhl and Karen Special attended a ribbon cutting to welcome the business to the Village. The family-owned restaurant has been operating in the Chicagoland area since 1980 and is known for its homemade Mexican food and American-style breakfast. You can learn more about the restaurant's move to Franklin Park in the Franklin Park Herald-Journal.

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Village Celebrates Demolition of Former Motorola Headquarters and Digital Realty Expansion


On January 25, 2017, the Village of Franklin Park and Digital Realty held Demolition Day at the former headquarters of Motorola, a vacant 750,000 SF facility located at 9401 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park. WBBM Newsradio's report on the event can be listened to at chicago.cbslocal.com.

The San Francisco-based data center firm Digital Realty purchased the 18.5-acre site in 2016, which has sat vacant for over 20 years. Digital Realty plans to demolish the property’s existing offices and warehouse structures in order to build a new 470,000 square foot data storage center and a 78,000 square foot ComEd substation. Digital Realty is the world’s largest data center firm, owning and managing technology-based real estate and digital infrastructure for cloud-based computing globally. The firm operates 156 data centers across 4 continents and 11 countries. Digital Realty originally selected the Franklin Park location due to its close proximity to multiple fiber providers and utility substations, as well as its convenient access to O’Hare International Airport and Chicago’s downtown.

According the Village Mayor Barrett Pedersen, “The Village is thrilled to grow with Digital Realty. This demolition marks a historic return of tech-based investment and innovation to the Village.” The proposed data center is an expansion of Digital Realty’s existing 23-acre data storage campus, located directly east at 9333-9377 Grand Avenue. The campus consists of 3 buildings totaling 575,000 square feet. While still in its final phase of construction, the facilities will soon be fully leased. After the redevelopment of 9401 Grand Avenue, Digital Realty’s Franklin Park campus will encompass 41 acres of land. Digital Realty’s demolition of the building and redevelopment of the property will create a significant number of high-tech and construction jobs and generate substantial property and electrical transaction taxes.

You can watch the video of the Demolition Day event here .....

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXjb0i2co_4Owi1AOG_aQZw

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Construction of New Retail Establishments


Construction is underway for a new retail development at Mannheim and Crown Roads, just north of Grand Avenue. Glazier Corporation is working through the winter to construct a three unit retail center where Chipotle and T-Mobile have signed leases and should be open by summer. Also a Starbucks is being constructed on the hard corner of Grand and Mannheim.

Leyden Family Services Information and Assistance Days


Leyden Family Services will be at Village Hall on March 1, 15 and 29 from 9:30 AM to Noon to help residents who have questions or need help applying for the government assistance programs listed below. Please remember to bring your award letter from Social Security and paycheck stubs that show the amount of income you receive. Many of the following programs require additional information to be brought with you so make sure to read the Document Checklist BEFORE you visit. Download it here.

  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
  • Medicare Savings Program
  • Benefit Access (License plate discount and ride free bus/train pass)
  • Extra Help (prescription assistance)
  • Doctor bills that you don’t understand
  • LIHEAP (energy assistance-when available)

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Special Exemptions Available to Seniors


Did you know that residents who are 65 or older, can qualify to receive free garbage pick-up service in Franklin Park? Simply bring your water bill and a valid Drivers License or State ID to Village Hall to update your records. Seniors also qualify to receive a free vehicle sticker each year and for the Village-subsidized grass-cutting and snow removal!

State law now requires that Seniors have to reapply annually for their Senior Exemption on their Property Taxes. The Senior Exemption provides tax relief by further reducing the equalized valuation of an eligible residence. Go to www.cookcountyassessor.com or contact the Cook County Assessors Office for assistance

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Franklin Park by the Numbers

Zero Property Tax Increase in Eight Years!

Our commitment to stabilizing our Village finances has resulted in eight years of virtually no increase in the Village’s share of the property tax levy. In fact, our most recent levy is at its lowest point since 2009. That is a number we can all be happy about. The Board of Trustees, our staff and I have been committed to offering quality Village services in the most cost effective ways. We have sought alternative ways to fund Village improvements without impacting your property taxes. That commitment has also led to Franklin Park having among the LOWEST tax rate of any comparable municipality in the region.

Five Years of Excellence In A Row

We have received the Government Finance Officers Association's Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Reporting for five consecutive years in a row. Our careful spending and transparent budgeting have kept our costs low and gained us widespread recognition. Recognition of our exemplary financial procedures and the work we have done to stabilize our finances has earned Franklin Park an A+ bond rating from Standard & Poor’s, one of the country's top rating agencies as well.

$400 Million in Investment -- Over 1000 New Jobs

Our aggressive economic development efforts have added over a 1.8 million square feet of industrial development, bringing in $400 Million in investment to our Village in 2016 alone. As a result of our economic development efforts, we have added over 1000 new jobs in the last eight years.

Forty Percent Drop In Burglaries

Since 2010, we have seen a significant decline in local crime and a substantial reduction in the number of burglaries and thefts. Our Neighborhood Watch program is helping to reduce that number even further. If you have not joined already, please call 847-671-8203 or email neigborhoodwatch@vofp.com. to join your neighbors who are making our community even safer. WE CALL POLICE signs are available to place in your window and important contact numbers and resources are listed on the back. Placing these signs actually helps deter crime and makes a home far less likely to be targeted for any criminal activity.

100% COMMITMENT

You have my pledge, as well as that of all the Trustees, that we are 100% committed to keeping your taxes low and improving on these numbers even further in 2017 The taxpayer is our #1 priority.

Mayor Barrett Pedersen

 
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