South Holland OKs next phase of converting former bank to police station

2014-02-22T00:00:00Z South Holland OKs next phase of converting former bank to police stationGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
February 22, 2014 12:00 am  • 

SOUTH HOLLAND | The Village Board approved the next phase of the construction process converting a one-time bank into a new headquarters for the Police Department.

Trustees voted 5-0 on Tuesday, with Trustee Larry DeYoung absent due to a vacation trip, to approve the second part of a contract with JMA Architects.

Village Attorney Timothy Lapp said this portion of the contract deals with construction management, and calls for 3.5 percent of the total cost to be profit for JMA. Lapp said the contract is being done in portions, in accordance with standard American Institute of Architects contractual procedures that limit the amount of the total cost that is profit.

It's part of the process converting the one-time Motor Bank building, at 16340 South Park Ave., into a new building for the Police Department. It was an auxiliary facility for MB Financial.

It is a 90,000-square-foot property that has a 35,000-square-foot building that will be retrofitted to handle the Police Department needs. The village bought the property last year for a little more than $300,000, funded with money seized from asset forfeiture cases.

Officials have said they hope work on the facility will be complete and it will reopen as a police station by next year.

The total cost of the project is expected to run about $3 million, with JMA’s profit from the project limited to 7 percent.

The Police Department is located in offices on 162nd Street next to the Village Hall. Officials have said the current facility lacks space for jail cells, administrative offices, storage rooms and a courtroom.

In other business, the Village Board voted without opposition to enter into an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation to install streetlights at 172nd and Halsted streets that contain light-emitting diode bulbs.

The new bulbs are more energy-efficient, and state officials have said this initiative is part of an effort to encourage the use of LED lights throughout the south suburbs and the state.

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