Lauren Barry | Journal & Topics
Construction of a new 100,000 sq. ft. Rosemont Public Safety facility is on target to begin this spring.
In order to make way for the new facility, several properties near Barry Street and Lyndon Avenue were acquired and demolished, including three buildings just north of Allstate Arena purchased in 2019. Each property was around 7,000 sq. ft., village staff said.
According to Rosemont Public Safety Sgt. Joe Balogh, crews worked on demolishing the last of these buildings last week.
Overall, the new facility is expected to cost $40 million, Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens said Monday. He said work demolishing the final building should wrap up this week.
When complete, the building, designed by FGM Architects, will include space for command staff and clerical employees as well as training areas and classroom space and a Norcomm dispatch center in roughly 25% of the space. Stephens said the village and Norcomm are expected to work out costs of the center after more information about construction costs becomes available.
As of late 2019, the Rosemont Public Safety Dept. had approximately 75 sworn officers and an auxiliary staff around 400.
Stephens said construction of the one-story building is estimated to last around 18 months, dependent on weather issues and available materials, with pricing to be determined in mid-March. ComEd work and foundation work are expected to begin first.
When the facility is ready, the public safety department will move out of three floors it occupies at Rosemont Village Hall on Devon Avenue.