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Contact

Mayor Barrett F. Pedersen
(847) 671-8236
Email Mayor Pedersen

Mayor's Executive Assistant
Dafne Henriquez
(847) 671-8236
dhenriquez@vofp.com

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What Would You Put In a Time Capsule?


The Village is taking suggestions for items to be included in our next time capsule that will be opened in 25 years. This fall we will open the capsule sealed on our 100th Anniversary and seal a new capsule for the future. Put on your creative thinking caps and give us your best ideas! What will be interesting to those opening the capsule in 25 years? What will be inspiring or surprising or meaningful? Send your ideas to villagenews@vofp.com and watch this website and newsletter for details on the upcoming Time Capsule event.

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Mayor for a Day Writing Contest


Elyssa Diaz, 5th grade student of Mrs.Klien at Pietrini School, reads her winning essay at the Village Board meeting. Elyssa wrote about what she would put in a time capsule to be opened in 25 years. She expressed her ideas about what will be inspiring and interesting to the next generation. Thank you to all the students who participated in this year's essay contest!

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Illinois EPA and West Cook County Grant


A grant for $1,000 from the Illinois EPA and West Cook County Solid Waste Agency has allowed the Village to plant new trees and to establish a butterfly garden west of the gazebo located at 9501 Belmont Avenue. Thank you for helping to beautify our town!

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Village Receives Sculptures from Former Motorola Headquarters


The cement Bas-reliefs were sculpted by the artist Costantino Nivola at the American-Marietta Company’s plant formally located in Franklin Park.They were on display at the Motorola Building and were removed prior to demolition and have been donated to the Village for display again in the near future.

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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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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Presents Mayor Barrett Pedersen with an Award


Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) President Mariyana Spyropoulos and Chairman of Finance Frank Avila presented Mayor Barrett Pedersen with a special award recently. The award is in recognition of the Village of Franklin Park’s commitment to the health and welfare of our residents and the environment by utilizing natural lawn care on all Village-owned properties and for encouraging and educating residents and businesses about natural lawn care techniques.

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Spread the News!

Do you enjoy our great Franklin Park restaurants and retail establishments? Appreciate the good service you received from a local business? Then help us spread the word! One of the best ways you can support our businesses is to post your positive experiences on websites such as Yelp, Trip Advisor or Angie’s List. Let everybody know what great businesses we have in Franklin Park and help them grow. You can encourage others to try your favorite dish or use a valuable service. Also, consider posting your review as a comment on our Village’s Facebook page. Let’s spread the news about Franklin Park’s attributes and successes!

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Andrea Bocelli had dinner at Pescatore Palace after performing at the Allstate Arena in June of 2016. The world-renowned singer often dines at the restaurant when he is in town because he loves the great food and appreciates how the staff treats him like family.

Meet Voodoo!

The newest member of our Franklin Park Police Department. Voodoo is a valuable asset to law enforcement and to our officers. She helps in many ways including sniffing out illegal drugs, explosives and even helping to find missing persons. She also serves as a deterrent to potential troublemakers. She has been sworn in and is on the job! Voodoo is a big help, but she is also nice to have around!

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$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.

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.

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