FIRE RESULTS IN AIR LIFT                                                                                                        

Personnel from the Marengo Fire Protection District and rescue unit, along with the Marengo Police department went to the scene of a reported house fire, and evacuated one man with injuries that resulted in an airlift to the Maywood Loyola University Medical Center. Crews arriving on the scene Nov. 3 at 10:15 p.m. found smoke coming from the first floor level of the home in the 700 block of East Grant highway (Route 20).

 “When our department arrived at the scene, there was smoke coming from the east side of the building on the first floor,” said District Captain John Kimmel. “There were three police officers already at the scene, and they were able to pull him to safety. They established the care lift to the hospital. As I understand, he is recovering from his injuries.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and the structure was not a total loss. Other fire protection districts near the vicinity also responded as back-up aid.

SERVICES AGREEMENT FOR GRANT HIGHWAY TIF APPROVED

The City Council approved a motion to execute a services agreement with Mc Henry-based HR Green for the 20009 East Grant Highway (Route 20) improvements that will help propel a new retail center at the site, during its Nov. 27 session. The 7-1 affirmative vote will allow for the preparation and processing of water and sewer extensions to the site, as well as a left-turn lane for access to the property from the state thoroughfare.

An addendum agreement would provide for a rightturn lane, if warranted, and HR Green would design the public improvements associated with the project. The water main and sanitary lines would cross north-to-south and include the shepherding of permits from two state of Illinois governmental units, the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency

The motion also covered an agreement with the retail center’s developer, the Marengo-based Corey Brackman Construction Co., for funding the cost of the design and engineering studies, not to exceed $23,000. They have already supplied a deposit toward the amount, and will later be included as part of the tax-increment financing incentives that were previously approved.

The design schedule is slating a 50 per cent completion plateau by Dec. 22, and a Jan. 30 date for final plan submission. A redevelopment agreement, approved by the city council Sept. 25, employed considerations on tax-increment financing assistance with the site owners, S & V Property LLC. The TIF monies can accrue up to $550,000 on the estimated $1.7 million cost of the proposed project.

Plans also call for the Marengo Pharmacy to re-locate to the new mall, from its 308 State Street downtown site, leasing arrangements for a Dunkin’ Donuts, a liquor store, and an unspecified potential fourth commercial lessee.The site designs, plat drawings, and construction data must still be approved by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission, with a final vote before the full city council.

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