Friday, August 2, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: The exterior of the Maywood Masonic Temple, after the building’s cornice was removed in 2018. | File
During a regular meeting on July 9, the Maywood Board of Trustees unanimously approved more than $1 million in two major contracts related to capital improvements throughout the village. Trustee Melvin Lightford, who had phoned into the meeting from another location, was not on the phone during the vote. The contracts were voted on as part of a larger omnibus agenda.
The board approved a $107,000 contract with John Tylka Falco Inc., of Franklin Park, to install the new cornice on the Maywood Multipurpose Building (formerly the Masonic Temple), 200 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood.
The $107,000 contract includes the use of new metal. It was the second-lowest bid submitted. John Tylka also submitted a $99,000 bid that would use existing metal. ATP Enterprise Group, Inc., of Northfield, submitted a $310,000 bid that entailed using existing metal.
The facade improvement project will be funded through the village’s faced program, out of an escrow account from the expired St. Charles TIF.
Last year, the cornice on the historically significant building had been removed and stored on-site for future installation.
At the time, village officials said the Masonic Temple Building was constructed in 1917 and designed by Eben Ezra Roberts, an American architect who was noted for his Prairie Style homes. Roberts was a rival and contemporary of famous Prairie School pioneer Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Masonic Temple, village officials said, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 and listed as a local landmark in 2009.
The four-story, 12,000-square-foot brick and limestone building served as the Maywood Lodge Masonic Temple from its dedication in May 1917 until the 1980s, according to architect Frank Heitzman.
2019 Roadway improvements
The board also approved a $938,554 contract with M&J Asphalt Paving Co. Inc. for the following roadway resurfacing projects:
- Wilcox Street | 4th Ave. to 1st Ave.
- Second Ave. | Wilcox St. to Madison St.
- Second Ave. | Lexington St. to Bataan Dr.
- Sixth Ave. | Rice St. to Hugh Muir Lane
- Eighth Ave. | Chicago Ave. to Rice St.
The village received three proposals, with M&J Asphalt being the lowest responsive bidder. Trig Construction Inc. submitted a $990,193 proposal while Martam Construction Inc. submitted a $1,209,685 proposal. VFP
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