Wednesday, February 14, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Maywood Park District Commission President Dawn Williams-Rone shoots hoops on the new basketball court located in the shadow the 809 W. Madison building, which could also be renovated by the end of this year. | File
Renovations on the Maywood Park District’s building at 809 W. Madison St. are scheduled to start in the summer and could be completed before the year is out, according to park district officials.
The park district commission recently opened up the bidding process to interested contractors. The bidding process ends on Feb. 23.
“We’re looking at possibly starting construction as early as June and finishing by December,” said Dawn Williams-Rone, the president of the Maywood Park District Commission, during an interview on Feb. 14.
Williams-Rone said that the district secured funding from a bank. She did not specify the size of the loan, referring that question to Lonette Hall, the park district’s executive director. Hall could not be reached for comment on Wednesday afternoon.
In addition to the bank loan, the park district will also lean on $285,000 in TIF funds approved by the Maywood Board of Trustees last September. According to park district officials, the renovation of the 809 Madison building will cost approximately $1.8 million.
The majority of that money will come from a reimbursable $1.6 million state grant, which required the village to provide 20 percent of matching funds. The TIF funds and the bank loan will cover the park district’s matching share.
The renovations of the 809 Madison building, officials said, will transform a facility that has been empty for more than 15 years, into a recreation center that will feature multipurpose rooms, conference rooms, a room designated for sewing and quilt-making, a music studio and fitness rooms, among other amenities.
Last year, the park district wrapped up renovations of the parking lot and grounds surrounding the 809 Madison building.
Bill Hampton’s vacancy
The park district commission has not yet started to grapple with the process of filling a vacancy on the five-person governing body left by the death of Commissioner Bill Hampton, who died on Feb. 8.
Commissioner President Dawn Williams-Rone said on Feb. 14 that the commission intends on interviewing possible candidates, but that the details of the process have not been finalized.
Hampton’s funeral is scheduled to take place on Friday.
Baptist Retirement Home headed for renovation?
The Baptist Retirement Home, which has been empty for a number of years. | Flickr
During a Feb. 6 regular meeting, Angela Smith, Maywood’s business development coordinator, said that the Baptist Retirement Home, a former senior living community located at 316 Randolph that has been vacant years, could undergo renovations.
Work to return the building back to its original use had started several years ago, but stopped abruptly for reasons that have not been fleshed out publicly.
At last week’s meeting, Smith said that the building is still owned by a bank and that “the developer was looking for tax credits to get the project up and going.” Smith said those tax credits were recently approved by the Illinois Housing Development Authority.
Once completed, the building would feature 125 units of supportive living. Smith said that the bank, which she did not specify, is looking to “turn over the property to the developer in the next couple of months, so we should see permits, building plans and things of that sort coming in.”
In the meantime, she said, the bank is still required to maintain the property. VFP
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