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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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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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Public Open House to Review Draft Comprehensive Plan - April 27


On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the Village of Franklin Park will host a public open house for its draft comprehensive plan at the Police Station from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (9451 Belmont Avenue). Franklin Park’s draft comprehensive plan will be available for public review and comment before beginning the formal review process with the Village Board. Representatives from the Village of Franklin Park and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will be available to answer questions and provide clarification.

Local residents, business owners, community leaders, and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend this exciting community planning event!

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Volunteers Are Needed


If you would like to help us plan events related to celebrating the Village’s 125th Anniversary or to be a volunteer at our annual Railroad Day, please contact Dafne at 847-671-8236. Volunteers will receive a free Franklin Park Fest t-shirt and a free meal on Railroad Day!

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Franklin Park Fest - June 8 - 11


Franklin Park Fest is scheduled for June 8 – 11 and will include a daily carnival and the very best in live music on Thursday and Friday evenings and all day and evening on Saturday.

The Village’s annual Railroad Day will be held on Saturday, June 10 from 10 AM – 3 PM.The event will feature an impressive line-up of vintage and specialty train cars, train memorabilia, food vendors and special activities to celebrate Franklin Park's 125th anniversary. Watch our Facebook Page at Village of Franklin Park for updates.

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April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month


The Franklin Park Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies across the state to tell motorists to pay attention while on the roads and resist texting. Texting while driving is more than just personally risky. When you text and drive, you become a danger to everyone around you.

SafetyServe.com is offering a short Distracted Driving Online Course, at no cost, during the week of April 24 - 28 to those who visit the ILACP Traffic Safety Website, www.iddaw.org . To learn more, go to .....

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Yard Waste and Street Sweeping Begins


Place yard waste in brown biodegradable bags and put out on garbage day with your recycling. Purchase bags at local grocery and hardware stores. Residents can select alternatives to bagging yard waste such as mulching mowers, leaf shredders or backyard compost piles to help you and the Village to save money! Village street sweeping has begun. Please check posted signs for information on dates, times and parking restrictions. If you have questions, please call 847-671-8200.

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Schedule Your Garage Sale


Residents must register to hold a garage sale with the Clerk’s Office at 847-671-8242 or by visiting Village Hall. There is no cost to register. 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. Sale hours cannot be earlier than 8 AM and must end by 7 PM.

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The Village of Franklin Park is accepting applications for our part-time Summer Youth Program.


  1. Applicants must be a currently enrolled High School student who has taken college admission tests (e.g.,ACT) – or applicant must include proof of registration for such test; or Student enrolled for 2016-2017 in accredited college, university or graduate school;
  2. Written recommendations from school official, professor, teacher or guidance counselor (for first time participants only);
  3. Minimum grade point average of “C” or equivalent - applicant must include proof  from current school of grade point average;
  4. Minimum Age: 16 (at time of application)  Maximum Age: 22 (at time of application)

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Apply for Sidewalk Program by May 1


The Village is accepting applications now for the 50/50 Sidewalk Program to replace damaged and cracked concrete on the public sidewalk near your home. Homeowners and the Village share the cost evenly.  Please call at 847-671-8217 to be placed on the list for this summer. The Village will contact you to make an appointment to discuss the details. If you apply after May 1, you will be placed on the list for next year. 

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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 Road and Crown Road, just north of Grand Avenue. Glazier Corporation is working through the winter to construct a 3-unit retail center where Chipotle and T-Mobile have signed leases and should be open by summer. Construction on a new Starbucks is also underway on the northwest corner of Grand and Mannheim.

Leyden Family Services Information and Assistance Days


Leyden Family Services will be at Village Hall on April 5th, and 26th 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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Respect It - Preserve It - Sustain It - PLANET EARTH

Franklin Park is committed to being a sustainable community that works together to make innovative and economically-smart decisions that preserve our environment. Our residents have enthusiastically embraced recycling. In fact, our waste hauler Republic Services says that Franklin Park increased the amount of recycling at a higher rate than any other location that they service. On page 4 of this newsletter, we have included the Village’s Guide to Recycling. It can be cut out and used for quick reference. Please pay special note to the items that cannot be recycled. Consider saving your plastic bags and returning them to Jewel to be recycled by the store. Homeowners can help sustain our community by composting.

Check our website’s Sustainability Page for information on how to get started. It also discusses how you can have a lawn that looks good without using herbicides and insecticides that can harm your family’s health and the environment. You can incorporate Natural Lawn Care practices that focus on restoring balance to the soil system, including nutrients that make a lawn healthy without dangerous chemicals. Don’t forget to join us at The Park District’s Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 22 from Noon to 2 PM at North Park.

This event will feature information on environmentally safe living, renewable energy, water conservation and how to get the entire family involved in preserving our planet. The event will help us all learn how to reduce our carbon footprint and respect the miraculous planet we have been given. Plan to bring your old electronics to be recycled too!

Also, I am inviting everyone to join me at 10:30 AM on Saturday, April 22 to start the celebration as we plant trees at the Police Station. We are very proud that Franklin Park has earned a Tree City USA designation based on our commitment to supporting community forestry in our town.

In the Good Old Summertime

Summer in Franklin Park is always full of fun, fests and excitement. But this year, as we celebrate our 125th Anniversary, we promise a variety of special activities that will our honor our Village’s rich history and look forward to another happy and prosperous 125 years!

The Anniversary is being commemorated with the opening of the time capsule that was buried 25 years ago. I will be joined by the winner of the Mayor for a Day writing contest for students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. This year’s theme is ‘What would you place in a time capsule to be opened in 25 years?’  I am looking forward to opening the sealed time capsule and also burying a new capsule to be opened 25 years from now.

Our high school art students competed to design our annual vehicle sticker based around this historic anniversary. The Library is creating a dazzling visual display of Franklin Park through the decades which will be on display during Franklin Park Fest.

Our annual Franklin Park Fest featuring Railroad Day will be held June 8 - June 11. Jazz Night, which has gained interest from around the region, will be held on Thursday evening. Great bands will perform on Friday evening and all day on Saturday and in the evening. Go to our website to see the complete musical line-up.

Train viewing will be held Saturday, June 10 from 10 AM to 3 PM with a display of vintage and specialty train cars. The day will feature exhibitors with unique train memorabilia and collectibles. 

In honor of our Anniversary, we are planning special family-focused activities for the young and young of heart all day on Saturday during the Fest. We will have a variety of games and attractions that have delighted children through the decades.

The Anniversary fun will continue throughout the year with a special commemoration at our Veterans Day observance, during the Park District’s Fall Fest and at our annual Tree Lighting event as well. For all these events and more, please check our website and our Facebook page and look for more details in upcoming newsletters. 

 

Mayor Barrett Pedersen

 
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