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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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Block Group

Franklin Park is proud to welcome the Block Group to the Village of Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen attended ribbon cutting at the company’s newly-renovated facility at 10632 Grand Avenue. The German-based and family-owned Block companies have facilities across Europe and Asia, making Franklin Park is the first and only Block location in North America. The Block companies manufacture transformers, reactors and more for international markets.

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Shining Smiles

Shining Smiles has opened its doors at 9704 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Clerk Tommy Thomson, Village Trustees James Caporusso, John Johnson, Bill Ruhl, Karen Special and Andy Ybarra attended a ribbon cutting to celebrate the business's grand opening. The dental company has three other locations in Bolingbrook, Plainfield and Chicago. Click here to visit the clinic's website.

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Lazy Moe's Mediterranean Grill

Lazy Moe's Mediterranean Grill has opened its doors at 9660 Franklin in downtown Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Clerk Tommy Thomson, and Village Trustees James Caporusso, John Johnson, Bill Ruhl and Andy Ybarra attended a ribbon cutting to welcome the business to Franklin Park. Lazy Moe's offers Mediterranean favorites like falafel, hummus, baba ganoush, a variety of salads, and beef and chicken shawarma and kababs. Click here to check out Lazy Moe's menu.

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Volunteers Needed at Railroad Day – June 11


Volunteers help to make our annual event a success! Sign-up now to lend a hand during the Village’s beloved Railroad Day on Saturday, June 11 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Volunteers will get the first look at some of the unique and vintage rail cars on display and receive a free souvenir t-shirt. If you are interested in volunteering, please call Dafne at 847-671-8236.

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Jazz Night is Back - June 9


Back by popular demand on Thursday, June 9, Jazz Night will officially kick-off our Franklin Park Fest again this year. It's a great opportunity to enjoy nationally-recognized talent while relaxing with friends under the stars! We added an improved sound system and a stage that offers better sight lines. New food vendors, along with old favorites will offer a variety of flavors along with a Beer and Wine Garden. Check out the convenient picnic benches or bring your own blanket or lawn chair! View or download the Jazz Night 2016 flyer for more information.

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Historic Steam Engine at Railroad Day -
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Join us for a special treat this year at our annual Railroad Day on Saturday, June 11 from 10 AM to 3 PM to see the historic nickel plate steam locomotive no. 765! This beauty is a high-stepping, fourteen-wheeled, magnificent machine that stands 15 feet tall, weighs 404 tons, goes over 60 miles an hour and restored to the way it looked and sounded when it was built by the Lima Locomotive Works in 1944.

To learn more about the event and a complete train line up for this year, view the event flyer and visit the Railroad Day webpage.

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Steam excursion in Chicago!


On Sunday, June 12, No. 765 will pull “The Varsity” an exclusive roundtrip excursion train between The Glen of North Glenview stop on Metra’s Milwaukee North Line and Janesville, Wis. The train will also stop for passengers at Metra’s Fox Lake Station. The excursion will feature standard coach, deluxe coach, and first class and dome car accommodations. Click here to learn more or purchase tickets.

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Village Study of the Crystal Creek Floodplain Complete


On May 5th the Village of Franklin Park held an open house to announce the findings and recommendations of the recently completed study of the Crystal Creek Watershed floodplain limits. As a result of this study, we expect the floodplain limits to be substantially reduced, and it is anticipated that the majority of properties within the Crystal Creek floodplain in Franklin Park will be removed from the currently adopted floodplain. Removal of a parcel or building from the 100-year floodplain could relieve the property owner of the requirement of purchasing costly flood insurance.

Visit the Engineering Department’s Floodplain Information webpage to learn more and to preview the findings.

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Construction Alert


Weather permitting, contractors are scheduled to complete paving in the WMRA project on Wednesday, June 1. In order to complete paving of all streets in one day, contractors will be starting at 4 AM. In addition, roads will be closing throughout the day as the paving progresses, including Schiller between Mannheim and Jill.

The tentative plan is to start on James, followed by the north/south streets (Ruth, Prairie, Bright, & Houston), and then finish up on Schiller. On-street parking will continue to NOT be permitted on Schiller, James, Ruth, Prairie, Bright, or Houston. Watch for NO PARKING signs at all these locations. Vehicles can continue to park in the temporary parking lot located in the vacant lot at the NE corner of James and Houston as well as on Center between Houston and Mannheim. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Apply Now for Sidewalk Program


Homeowners can apply now for the Village's 50/50 Sidewalk Program to replace damaged and cracked concrete or trip hazards on the public sidewalk near your home. The homeowner and the Village share the cost evenly. Please email: ekubkowski@vofp.com or call Ewelina at 847-671-8252 if you would like to be placed on the list. The Village will contact you to make an appointment and discuss the details. Work will begin in July.

Consider Natural Lawn Care


Franklin Park utilizes natural lawn care on Village-owned properties. Residents can easily adopt this method for use on their own property. Using natural lawn care practices avoids putting pollutants in our ground water and is better for our air quality as well. Visit our Sustainability Page to get easy-to-follow steps to take care of your lawn without chemicals this growing season. Click here to learn more about natural lawn care.

Grand Avenue Facade Rebate Program


The Village of Franklin Park is accepting applications for businesses and property owners on Grand Avenue between Lucy Lane and Edgington Street who are interested in participating in the first ever Grand Avenue Facade Rebate Program. The goal of the program is to beautify and revitalize the Grand Avenue commercial corridor and encourage economic development in the area. The program provides incentives in the form of rebates for work that contributes positively to the public right-of-way by improving individual storefronts and facades. If you are interested in learning more about this program or other economic development incentives, contact the Department of Community Development & Zoning at (847) 671-8278.

Click here to view or download the program application.

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Check Your License Plates!


Due to the Illinois budget crisis, the Secretary of State is not mailing vehicle registration renewal reminder notices. Please check the sticker on your plates and make sure you are up to date. You can sign–up to receive notices via e-mail and also get more information at the Illinois Secretary of State website: www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

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Franklin Park Businesses Fuel the Economic Engine for the Region

It was my pleasure to welcome our guests to the Village’s Annual Business Appreciation Luncheon last month. The Annual Lunch is our opportunity as a Village to thank these businesses for locating, expanding and investing in our community. This much anticipated event also allows me the opportunity to update our business leaders on the Village initiatives and policies designed to make doing business WITH the Village and IN the Village more convenient. I was pleased to report to the attendees that Franklin Park had a phenomenal year in 2015 in regards to securing funding to help improve and maintain our infrastructure. The Village was awarded $2.3 million in grants and $9.3 million in low-interest loans to fund infrastructure and economic development projects throughout Franklin Park.

Franklin Park Designated An Enterprise Zone

In January we learned that the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Development (DCEO) awarded the Village of Franklin Park with a designation of an Enterprise Zone. This economic development tool will enhance our ability to compete for companies looking to locate in the Chicago area and provide our existing companies with an incentive to invest locally. Our Department of Community Development and Zoning continued its efforts to retain and attract new businesses and support the redevelopment of underutilized properties.

Our industrial and retail vacancy rates continue to drop as businesses take advantage of the Village's excellent locational assets and development opportunities. We are excited to have over 1.2 million square feet of industrial space in the construction pipeline for 2016. In 2015, 83 businesses, totaling 1.4 million square feet of commercial and industrial space and representing 1195 jobs, applied for occupancy to expand or locate in Franklin Park. We are also continuing to improve our business environment by working on several planning projects that will attract new business, but more importantly, make it even more advantageous for our businesses to expand and thrive right here in our Village. Among the numerous projects are the Franklin Park Comprehensive Plan, the O'Hare Sub-region Truck Routing and Infrastructure Plan, a Brownfields Grant Assessment Program and the Franklin Park O'Hare Industrial Corridor Plan.

Intergovernmental Relationships Help Businesses Succeed

Local business owner Angelo Lollino of Alamode Foods, a supplier of coffee and gelato to Mariano's grocery stores, spoke at the event and said that the Village's "Open for Business" attitude was one of the prime reason's he chose to locate his business in Franklin Park. We were pleased to have Congressman Michael Quigley as our keynote speaker at this year’s event. The Congressman updated our guests on key initiatives in Washington, DC.

The Congressman also applauded our efforts in job training and stressed the importance of our local partnerships with Triton College and Leyden High School. He noted the need to train workers for jobs that are available now in local factories and businesses to facilitate their ability to compete globally. Our local businesses were pleased to hear of the Village’s continuing economic development efforts. And we were glad to have the opportunity to publicly thank these, innovators and job creators for continuing to make Franklin Park their home. You can learn more about the Village's planning and development projects in the 2015 Year in Review or contact our Department of Community Development and Zoning at 847-671-8200.

 

Mayor Barrett Pedersen

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