Background:  The Village of East Dundee, IL has a population of 3,000 and is fortunate to have six (6) TIF Districts.  As all of them abut, porting TIF funds from one district to another is possible, and very important for this project to succeed.

The Village Administrator, Robert Skurla, the previous Village President Jerald Bartels, and the current Village President, Lael Miller, have developed a project that will benefit the Village, and surrounding communities with a new fire station, a rehabilitated building for the East Dundee Police Department, and an expansion of Village Hall (built in 1871).  Here is how it will work:

As East Dundee’s fire station has outgrown its downtown location, this initiative will help with the construction of a new fire station further east on Highway 25, and closer to the communities of Hoffman Estates, Barrington Hills, and South Barrington which are all in the East Dundee Fire District.  The referendum for this new building passed in 2012.  An intergovernmental agreement was made between the Fire District and the Village of East Dundee.  In it, the Village will buy the land on which the fire station will be built, and in exchange, the Fire District will give the old fire station to the Village to be renovated into an expanded police station.  The land was purchased with TIF funds.  Ground has been broken and construction has begun for the new fire station.

The renovation of the old fire station into a state-of-the-art police station will be paid for with TIF.  We are currently in the design phase with construction to begin as soon as the new fire station is built and the old station vacated (early in 2015).

Currently, the police station is located in the rear of Village Hall.  The space allocated to the police station is small and the facility is cramped.  When the police station is relocated to the newly renovated fire station building (early 2016), Village Hall will expand into that space and will add a public meeting room for Village Board meetings.  The current meeting room is a trailer that was leased then purchased in 1990.  All of this renovation will be funded by TIF.

Last, but not least, the Village of East Dundee has created a Commercial Façade Grant program.  This program is to assist business and building owners of retail, commercial, and industrial buildings in the expenses of updating and improving the outside of their building.  These costs include not only the building exterior, but the roof and landscaping if necessary.  This program is funded by TIF and BDD.

For more information, please contact Robert J. Skurla, Village Administrator, 120 Barrington Ave.  East Dundee, IL  60118.  847-426-2822  ext. 6120.

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