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State grants Maywood Park District PARC Grant extension

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Renovations on track for the 809 Madison Street building

By L. NICOLE TROTTIE, Publisher

MAYWOOD | The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has extended the PARC Grant for the Maywood Park District building located at 809 Madison through June 2018.

“The district approved the austerity budget plan in 2014 and never strayed away from it, which allowed us to position for financial funding from Hinsdale Bank. Governor Pat Quinn issued the grant in 2014 and Governor Bruce Rauner suspended it upon taking office,” Maywood Park District, Executive Director, Antonette Dorris said.

Dorris, who ran for mayor in the April 4 election, said despite the setbacks the park district never stopped pursuing efforts for the building renovation completion.  Park district officials pursued finalized drawings, timelines, and cost analysis.  Dorris said the district remained on track of the initial renovation deadline date, June 30, 2017, as set forth in the grant.

“Today, we have an approved “amendment to project agreement” which extends our deadline from June 30, 2017 to June 30, 2018,” Dorris said.

“Work begins on our grounds June 2017 and the 809 Building renovation will begin sometime in late September/early October 2017. We look forward to greater things happening at the Maywood Park District.”

Dorris thanked Senator Kimberly Lightford, 4th District, and Representative Emanuel Chris Welch, 7th District, for their assistance on behalf of the park district to obtain the extension.

 

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