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    McKee House

    Future of McKee House remains unclear (link) — Suburban Life

    "There are new efforts to preserve the McKee House in the Churchill Woods Forest Preserve even as Forest Preserve District of DuPage County staff have recommended the building be razed.

    According to a staff report for the Forest Preserve District, rehabilitation of the building would involve an initial investment of $460,900, with an ongoing investment of $8,000 to $16,000 per year for operation and maintenance of the building.

    Bringing the building into code compliance for life safety and occupancy would require an additional investment of $1 million to $1.5 million, according to the report.

    The Glen Ellyn Park District Board of Commissioners is expected to discuss the McKee House at a meeting July 19, including whether the district could envision using the building, Park District Executive Director Dave Harris said."


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliché View Post

    "There are new efforts to preserve the McKee House in the Churchill Woods Forest Preserve even as Forest Preserve District of DuPage County staff have recommended the building be razed.

    According to a staff report for the Forest Preserve District, rehabilitation of the building would involve an initial investment of $460,900, with an ongoing investment of $8,000 to $16,000 per year for operation and maintenance of the building.

    Bringing the building into code compliance for life safety and occupancy would require an additional investment of $1 million to $1.5 million, according to the report.

    I'm typically a fan of seeing old structures/things preserved. But I find the reasons for keeping this thing around pretty lacking.

    member Andrew Van Gorp, who is the Churchill Woods site steward for the Forest Preserve District, said he would like to see the McKee House used as a bicycle way station, noting the house is near the Illinois Prairie Path and Great Western Trail.
    I'm not sure what a bike way station is, but at 2 million bucks, I think we might be overpaying..........

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    I think the word near should of been in quotation marks. Sure it's near the GWT, but they would have to extend the connector path a bit further and install signs telling people to go there and a light on St. Charles. It is "near" the Prairie path if you're a crow... They'd have to construct a new bridge or figure a way to get bikes under the Hill and UP bridges and build a new path around the lakes. I ran it on Map My Ride and it would be a mile from the most logical entry point.

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    Nearly 1,000 sign petition to save house near Glen Ellyn (link) — Daily Herald

    "Members of the McKee Preservation Group announced the results of their petition drive during Tuesday night's forest preserve board meeting. They started circulating the petition in July after it was revealed the 80-year-old limestone house in Churchill Woods Forest Preserve was in jeopardy of being demolished. The group is trying to convince forest preserve commissioners that the building along St. Charles Road should be restored and once again have a public use.

    "On behalf of ... many people that I've talked with in the community beyond Glen Ellyn, I hope that you will consider allowing us the opportunity to save the building," said Kathy Cornell of Glen Ellyn

    District staff members earlier this year recommended demolishing the house. The recommendation was made after an architectural and engineering firm evaluated the building in terms of cultural significance and general condition. But it's up to commissioners to decide whether they want to raze the house, which has avoided destruction for least a decade. A final vote by the board hasn't happened because officials are giving McKee House supporters time to find a use for the building.

    Despite the damage, an architectural study in 2013 found the building to be structurally sound. Now there's debate over how much it could cost to repair the house."

    Journalism at it's worse…"Now there's debate over how much it could cost to repair the house." There is no "debate," according to a staff report for the Forest Preserve District, rehabilitation of the building would involve an initial investment of $460,900, with an ongoing investment of $8,000 to $16,000 per year for operation and maintenance of the building, and an additional investment of $1 million to $1.5 million to bring the pile of limestone into code compliance for life safety and occupancy. So the "debate" is, do these Preservationists fleece the taxpayers for roughly $2 million?

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    shouldn't be that hard. The group should ask VoGE for a loan, then when they can't pay it, ask for forgiveness. Done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DTM View Post
    shouldn't be that hard. The group should ask VoGE for a loan, then when they can't pay it, ask for forgiveness. Done!
    And that is exactly how it will go down, too.

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    They won't build two additional paddle courts when most of the money is privately committed but they'll take on this. Makes sense.

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    If they are considering $2 million to fix it up, for a just another $11.5 million it would make a nice aquatic center I'm thinking.

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    Would make for a beautiful pool house. You're right.

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    Do we really need to see Clam in a speedo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GE Fan View Post
    They won't build two additional paddle courts when most of the money is privately committed but they'll take on this. Makes sense.
    This is the Forest Preserve District, counselor. You're confusing them with the GE Park District.

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    Quote Originally Posted by middlein87 View Post
    This is the Forest Preserve District, counselor. You're confusing them with the GE Park District.
    It is the Forest Preserve District but there's been some courting going on with the GE Park. I wouldn't be surprised if it ends on GE Park lap.

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    Then why are Park District Commissioners quoted in the article?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GE Fan View Post
    Then why are Park District Commissioners quoted in the article?
    am I reading the wrong article? The link from Cliche doesn't have PD quotes in it.

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    You have two current Park District Commissioners, Wilson and Cornell, quoted as residents, and as Commissioners have attempted to interest the GEPD in the effort (see first article in thread).

    Not certain of the most current position, best I can find right now is the minutes from the Special Meeting July 19, 2016.

    http://www.gepark.org/assets/PDFs/Bo.../071916SMM.pdf

    VII. 2017 District Forecasting Discussion
    Motion Carried.

    Executive Director Harris discussed a brief overview of the strategic agenda. Topics included financial overview and forecast, capital projects updates from 2016 through 2021, and additional subjects including the following; Forest Preserve of DuPage County’s McKee House, non-referendum bonds, referendum bonds, Platform Tennis and the Babcock House.

    Harris provided a brief status of the McKee House project and discussed that an effort is being brought forth seeking support for restoration and preservation of the McKee House. Harris reminded the Board of their previous discussion that took place at the March 3, 2015 Workshop Meeting. At that time the Park Board stated that they would be willing to support the preservation of the McKee House but would be unable to assist financially. Harris discussed the House’s current status and shared several articles regarding the McKee House. While no one has stepped forward financially to restore the McKee House, members of the preservation group were once again asking the Park District for support of the project and possibly utilizing the structure shall it be restored in the near future. The Board had a discussion of the project in greater detail and while no financial support would be provided for the McKee House they are supportive of the restoration but respectful of the challenges to do so. If the McKee House is restored, the District would be open to possible use of the facility for programming.
    Superintendent of Finance and Personnel Cinquegrani presented the financial overview of the Park District in the upcoming years ahead. Cinquegrani highlighted the financial commitments, the available funding resources and the issuing of non-referendum bonds.

    Superintendent of Parks and Planning Hopkins presented an overview of the next five years regarding the various Capital Projects. The Board had a lengthy discussion of the Capital Projects forecasted in the years ahead.
    Superintendent of Finance and Personnel Cinquegrani reviewed non-referendum bonds and the continued need to issue that source of funding to support the ongoing asset replacements and maintenance identified. Cinquegrani then discussed the impact of referendum bonds should the District move forward with a referendum proposal in the upcoming elections. The Board had a long discussion of proceeding with a referendum and the various capital projects that could be completed if so pursued. After much discussion, the Board felt while all of the proposed projects were important and worthy for the district to implement, it would not be advantageous to do so at this time. The Board recognizes that while there are improvements needed to various areas, they will be able to be achieved over time in the years to come and would not be seeking a referendum at this time.

    Executive Director Harris then discussed the Platform Tennis Court Expansion that has been proposed by the Glen Ellyn Platform Tennis Club. Revisions had been made to the original proposal and it was presented to the Board. President Kinzler discussed the proposal and the Board had a brief discussion and will be discussing this further during the upcoming budget discussions in the months ahead.

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