SOUTH HOLLAND | Village Administrator Jason Huisman is excited about the prospect of South Holland building a new police station and local courthouse in the village.
“This is a very big announcement for our village,” Huisman said. “We are going to be able to move forward with a project that we have had on our docket for a long time now. Our dream is going to become a reality.”
Last week, the village bought the land and building at 16340 South Park Ave. The parcel was commonly referred to as the Motor Bank property. Most recently, it was used by MB Financial as a second, auxiliary location.
The tract is 90,000 square feet. The building is 35,000 square feet.
“We are going to keep the current building,” Huisman said. “It is structurally in good shape. We will add a build-out onto it and expand its size. Those design plans are underway.”
The current police station is next to Village Hall on 159th Street. The village has outgrown its size, citing a need for additional jail cells, administrative offices, police storage rooms and a local courthouse.
Huisman said all of the needs will be incorporated into the design plans for the addition to the building on South Park.
“We are going to spend some time upfront reviewing our requirements,” he said. “We want to make sure we cover all of the village needs before we begin construction.”
The village paid $312,500 for the parcel as is. No tax dollars were used for the purchase.
“We used police asset forfeiture funds,” Huisman said. “That is money the village received for drug and weapons seizures. The money was put into a fund to be used for this purchase. So we were able to conclude this transaction with no impact on our budget and no impact on the village taxpayers.”
Huisman said future forfeiture funds would be used to pay for the expansion and remodeling of the building.
“We hope to be able to do the entire project out of forfeiture funds,” he said.
The estimated timeframe for project completion is 12 to 18 months, he said.