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Downers Grove to wait on new police, fire stations in wake of Rauner’s budget

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The village of Downers Grove will hold off on a major facilities project in light of uncertainty regarding the state budget.

Mayor Martin Tully said at Tuesday’s village council meeting the village will wait on any plans until after the state’s budget is finalized.

The facility upgrade would be a multi-phase, multi-year plan that would include constructing new police and fire stations and a new fleet maintenance garage on village-owned property on Ogden Avenue. It is currently in the conceptual phases.

After that construction, the village hall would be moved to a new location on its existing property and downsized.

According to council documents, the project was estimated to cost about $50 million.

Village Communications Director Doug Kozlowski said the project would replace antiquated facilities at the police and fire departments and allow for residential development on land where those facilities are currently located. No money has yet been spent on the project.

“It really hadn’t gotten that concrete,” Kowlowski said.

Deputy Village Manager Michael Baker gave a presentation Tuesday to address concerns about Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cuts. Those cuts include a 50 percent reduction in the distribution of state income tax revenues, which would result in a $2.4 million loss for Downers Grove by 2016.

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