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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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County Offers Low Cost Rabies Vaccines


Cook County’s Office of Animal and Rabies Control will host a clinic in Franklin Park on Wednesday, August 28 from 10 AM to 2:45 PM. The clinic will be held outside the Jewel Osco located at 10203 Grand Avenue. Rabies vaccines and microchips will be available to all dogs, cats and ferrets that are three months old and greater. Owners must be Cook County residents and will need to present a valid government-issued identification proving residency.

The cost of a one-year rabies shot at the clinics is $7 for dogs and cats. A three-year rabies shot is $21. Ferret vaccines, which last one-year, are $9. Only rabies vaccinations are available at the low-cost rabies vaccination clinics. Implantation of microchips are provided at no-cost with a rabies vaccine. The registration of the chip in a national database is $19.95 per animal. Only cash or checks are accepted at the clinic. For more information, go to https://www.cookcountyil.gov/service/low-cost-rabies-clinic

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West Nile Virus Precautions


The mosquito-borne West Nile Virus has been detected in our area. While the risk of contracting the virus is small, please take precautions through October. Limit your time outdoors at dusk and sunrise and carefully apply insect repellent with DEET, primarily applied to clothing. Remember to clean gutters and down spouts and to store all containers upside down, cover trash cans and empty birdbaths and wading pools regularly. Village inspectors are larviciding mosquito pools that are found or reported. Backyard catch basin can be treated by calling 847-671-8245.

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Blood Drive – September 6


Give the gift of life by donating blood on Friday, September 6 from 3 – 7:30 PM in the Community Room of the Police Station.

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Host a Block Party!


Want to enjoy time with your neighbors this summer? Why not schedule a Block Party! It’s a great way to catch-up with friends and to make new ones too. Block Parties can be held from Noon to 10 PM. You can review the regulations and apply to schedule a Block Party by visiting the Clerk’s Office. An application should be submitted to the Clerk' Office for approval 30 days prior to the party date. For more information, call 847-671-8242. Download the application here......

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Schedule a Garage Sale


Residents must register with the Village to hold a garage sale. There is no cost to register and a garage or yard sale sign can only be placed on your property. Sales can be held for a maximum of 30 hours within a three day period and sale hours run from 8 AM to 7 PM. To register for a sale, call 847-671-8242, visit the Clerk’s Office at Village Hall or apply on-line at apply on-line HERE

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Avoid Street Flooding


We ask for your assistance in helping to avoid street flooding during prolonged periods of rain, like the ones we have been experiencing lately. Please do not blow or sweep your grass cuttings or seeds into the streets. They will clog the sewers and cause a back-up of standing water onto the street if there is a heavy rain. Instead, please sweep cuttings and seeds up and mulch them or bag them for removal.

Thank you for your cooperation on this matter 

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Village Introduces New WaterSmart Program


Franklin Park residents can sign-up to have access to a program designed to help you reduce your water usage and save money on your monthly water bills. WaterSmart is an online program that allows users to review and understand their water use. Setting up an account is fast, easy and free from a computer, tablet or smartphone.

Users can analyze current water use and also review usage history from monthly figures even down to an hourly use. The program also allows you to set up alerts via text or email to help you detect leaks or other unintended water use. In addition,you to compare your water use with other similar users in your area. WaterSmart is available now but you must enroll to participate by calling 847-671-8252.

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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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Quiet Zone Update


The Village has received a $1,416,343 Pedestrian Rail Safety Grant to 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. We are 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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Communicate – Connect - Correspond

If you are reading this newsletter, then you know that our goal is to communicate information to you in a timely fashion. We use a variety of methods to connect the Village to our residents and businesses. The Village emails a monthly E-News which contains important updates and information about programs and events. It is also used to notify residents of events that may get scheduled before the next printed newsletter is delivered or to provide alerts about weather issues and construction updates. If you are not getting these email alerts, simply email us at villagenews@vofp.com and ask to be added. You can also request information in Polish and Spanish. You can find our newsletters translated into those languages on our website.

Communication, as they say is a two-way street. We always want to hear from you and get your input on local issues and respond to your questions about policies, programs and events. Want to be included when we host our next Telephone Town Hall? Simply provide a land-based telephone number to the Village and we will put you on the call list for the next meeting. You can also call into our Telephone Town Hall meeting from any phone, toll free at 847-400-0841. Watch our Facebook Page and website for future meeting dates.

We are always trying to employ the most cutting-edge technology to enhance communication.When you download the Village’s official smartphone app, you can get quick and easy access to Village news, a directory of information and updates and details on events. The app also includes a service request form so that you can report any problems like a pothole, power outage or a broken light. Download the app for free on ITunes or Google Play. 

Food Drive Helps Our Community

Our Year of Giving continues with our citizens generously supporting the recent Food Drive to restock the Leyden Food Pantry. Thank you to everyone who donated and to those who volunteered to work the drop-off site outside of Jewel-Osco! Your generosity helps families in need and contributes to our compassionate, caring community.

Mayor Barrett Pedersen

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