Why the crowd on Oak Park Avenue?

Dozens of contractors show up to check out spot for new Oak Park senior center

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

What were waves of people doing crowded around a long-unoccupied building on Oak Park Avenue Tuesday morning?

Actually, the 70 or so contractors and tradesmen who showed up at 126-134 Oak Park Ave. were there for a pre-bid meeting, to size up the two-story building, according to Township Supervisor David Boulanger.

The township bought the property for $650,000 earlier this year, and plans to invest another $1 million or so to revamp the building and turn it into a new senior center. Boulanger said the township recently asked contractors to bid on the project, and Tuesday morning was a chance for them to case the joint and ask any questions they might have.

Construction companies have until 3 p.m., Sept. 27, to submit their bids, and the township plans to unseal them immediately after. Boulanger said the township's board then expects to meet that night to set a maximum price for the project.

The township will choose who is going to do the work from the three lowest qualified bidders, and hopes that the work will start by the end of October.  

"We're eager to see what the bill is going to be," Boulanger said.

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Marty J. Stempniak from Wednesday Journal  

Posted: September 19th, 2011 10:11 AM

@Michelle: This building was originally supposed to be part of a condo project, but fell into foreclosure a ways back. The township bought it out of foreclosure and is paying for the rehab costs. I'm not aware of any grants being used.

Michelle Belton from Oak Park  

Posted: September 17th, 2011 1:33 PM

I was under the impression that this building was slated to be part of a condo development. Why would we be pouring money into a short term situation? Are there grants involved? Who is paying for this?

T.J. from Oak Park  

Posted: September 16th, 2011 9:29 PM

It's not a lie if you are so clueless you actually believe what you are saying.

Jason Miller from Oak Park  

Posted: September 16th, 2011 9:25 PM

Well, the township has already told us that the project will cost way more than originally expected. Should they spend this much money when the Illinois General Assembly might be eliminating townships in the near future? The "Town Meeting" on this project was a big scam because the proposed cost wasn't even close to what they are saying now. Just another branch of gov't that feeds the public lies and deception.

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