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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. 



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. 


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. 


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.


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.


Health and Resource Fair - October 20

Mayor Barrett Pedersen and Senator Don Harmon will host a free Health and Resource Fair on Friday, October 20 from 10 AM to 2 PM in the Community Room of the Police Station. The event is open to everyone and will provide important information to help you live a healthy life! FREE medical tests will be available including glucose testing, blood pressure readings and cholesterol testing.

Get your flu shot (minimal fee required) while at the Fair too! Vendors with important information regarding government programs and community resources to support senior living will be there to answer questions The Illinois Secretary of State will be at the Fair to allow you to renew your Driver’s License or State ID. Please note, this service is for simple renewals and tests will NOT be administered. The Police Department will collect unwanted medications too. There will be lots of fun giveaways and more! Refreshments will be served!

Fire Department’s Open House - Oct 14

The Franklin Park Fire Department invites everyone to their annual Open House on Saturday, October 14 from 11 AM to 3 PM at Fire Station #2 at 10001 W. Addison. Children will have the opportunity to meet our firefighters and paramedics, see fire engines and ambulances up close, and get to use a fire hose! There will be games, give-a-ways, free hot dogs, popcorn, donuts and other refreshments too! Families can learn how to be safe by utilizing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.Remember, working smoke alarms save lives -- test yours every month! For more information, call 847.678.2400.


Village Will Open Buried Time Capsule - October 16

Everyone is invited to attend a special event to open the time capsule sealed on our 100th Anniversary and to fill a new capsule for the future. Mayor Barrett Pedersen and members of the Board of Trustees will open the time capsule sealed in 1992.

The Mayor will also present the items that will be included in the capsule that will be opened 25 years from now when Franklin Park turns 150 years old! The event will be held on Monday, October 16 at 6 PM at the Police Station in the Community Room. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 847-671-4800.


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day – October 28

Bring your unused or expired medications to the Franklin Park Police Station, between the hours of 7 AM to 7 PM on October 28 to ensure safe disposal. Accepted items include, all prescription medications, over-the counter medications, medicated ointments, medicated shampoos, liquids containing medications, prescription and over-the-counter inhalers and needles. Do not flush drugs down the toilet because these substances are bad for our environment--the ground, water, and air around us. If you have questions, please call 847-671-8200.


Submit Names Now for Veteran's Monument

Do you know a veteran from Franklin Park? Please submit their name to have it added to our Veteran’s Monument. Interested veterans or family members must provide a copy of the veterans DD-214 form to Office of the Village Clerk, at Village Hall, by October 13 to ensure the name will be added to the monument in time for the Village’s Veteran’s Day ceremony on November 11. For more information, please call 847-671-8242.


Village Leaf Removal Information

Please put leaves in brown biodegradable bags only and place them near your trash and recycling for pick-up. Bags can be purchased at local grocery and hardware stores. Leaves cannot be picked-up if they are placed in plastic bags or in the street. Do not put or blow leaves into the street. It clogs the street sweepers and sewers and causes unnecessary flooding and maintenance costs. Also, burning leaves is not permitted in Franklin Park.

Fall is a great time to mulch your leaves to sprinkle over plants and shrubs to help retain water and protect them over the long winter months. You can also skip the raking and simply mow over your leaves a few times and leave them on your lawn to add nutrients and provide protection from winter weather. The Department of Public Works will sweep Village curbs through late November. Please check signs on your block for parking restrictions. For more information, call 847-671-8252.


Leyden High Schools Career Fair & Business Expo – November 8

Do you need a job? Are you a company that needs to hire? Need to sharpen your resume? Then attend the Leyden High Schools Career Fair and Business Expo on Wednesday, November 8! Learn about local businesses and the opportunities they have for qualified candidates. Visit with faculty from Triton and Leyden High Schools to learn about obtaining new skills or updating current ones and discover the latest trends in technology. The free event is co-sponsored by the Chamber by O’Hare and is open to students, parents, businesses and community members. The Fair will be held 11:15 AM to 3 PM at the East Leyden Field House at 3400 Rose Street. For more information or to reserve booth space, call 847-451-3031.


Leyden Family Services Information and Assistance Days

Leyden Family Services will be at Village Hall on Wednesday, Oct 11 and 25 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: Document Checklist

  • 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)


Trick or Treat

The Village’s official Trick or Treat hours are 3 to 7 PM on Halloween. Remember to “shop local” to purchase costumes, decorations and treats. Also, consider passing out Nestlé’s Baby Ruth and Butterfinger candy bars which are only produced in Franklin Park!


Senior Snow Removal Program - Apply Now!

Senior citizens, 65 or older and disabled residents can apply now for the Village-subsidized Senior Snow Removal Program. The program allows participants to pay a discounted fee per service request. If you were previously enrolled in the program, you MUST enroll again. Applications are available at Village Hall or by calling 847-671-8240. Apply early before the program fills up!


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


Our Firefighters Support Our Veterans

The last few months have demonstrated the critical role played by our first responders. The recovery efforts from the catastrophic hurricanes, the rescues of schoolchildren in the Mexico City earthquake and the anniversary of the terror attacks on September 11 all remind us that these brave men and women put themselves in harm’s way for us each and every day. Our firefighters are also coming to the rescue of veterans and their families. I could not be prouder to announce that the Franklin Park Fire Department, in cooperation with American Legion Post 974, is raising money for Fisher House. Fisher House provides housing at no cost for veterans and their families undergoing treatment at Hines VA Hospital. On Fridays, you will see our firefighters wearing bright RED t-shirts instead of their uniforms to support our troops. RED stands for Remember Everyone Deployed. The firefighters are required to purchase their own t-shirt and the proceeds from the sales of the shirts were matched by the American Legion, resulting in a donation of $1,125 to Fisher House. If you wish to buy a shirt or make a donation, please contact the American Legion Post or the fire Department.

Take Fire Prevention Seriously

Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14 and reminds us to focus on fire prevention and safety. This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts - Plan 2 Ways Out!” which encourages families to have an evacuation plan to save lives if there is a fire in their home. Our Franklin Park Fire Department is on the cutting edge of offering educational and fire prevention information to our residents and businesses. Key suggestions for your home safety plan include:

  • Have smoke alarms in working order on very floor; check the batteries monthly.
  • Make your fire extinguishers accessible and make sure everyone on the family knows where they are located and how to use them.
  • Identify two exits from each room and each floor and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice a home fire drill at least twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different exits you have identified. 
  • Teach your children how to escape on their own in case you are not home or cannot help them.
  • Make your address visible and easy for the Fire Department to see.
  • Always close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

You can learn more about fire safety and have a fun afternoon at the Fire Department’s Open House on Saturday, October 14. More information about that event is featured in this newsletter and on our website..

Digital Realty Makes Sustainability Their Goal

Data centers consume a great deal of energy. But Digital Realty, making their home in sustainable Franklin Park, has made measurable efforts to increase energy efficiency. Digital set a goal of reducing energy consumption by 2024.They succeeded beyond that goal by the end of 2016! Digital Realty also received their second LEED certification at their Franklin Park campus. Congratulations to Digital Realty for being a great corporate citizen and a great steward of our planet!


Mayor Barrett Pedersen


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