Residents happy with new Pingree Grove municipal center


About 150 people attended a ribbon cutting and open house Saturday for the new Pingree Grove municipal center, and the verdict was unanimous: It was a much-needed upgrade from the two trailers that used to house village hall.

“It’s such an improvement,” resident Bob Nelson said.

The new building also got major thumbs-up from village accountant Karin Yumping, who showed it off to her husband, Gerry, and daughters, Isabelle and Olivia. “It’s like a dream come true. We are so happy to be in this building, especially to serve better the village and the residents.”

The $4.2 million, 29,000-square-foot building is at 555 Reinking Road, about half a mile north of the old location. The building houses village hall — administrative offices and a meeting room, where the board held its first public meeting July 1 — and a large garage for public works equipment.

The building has LED sensors and other energy-efficient features. It was designed by Kluber Architects and built by Lamp Inc. of Elgin.

Funding included $3 million in 20-year municipal bonds and $1.2 million from developer D.R. Horton.


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