Crest Hill Mayor Ray Soliman and key project stakeholders broke ground May 30 on the city’s new $4.5 million public works facility on six acres of land at the corner of Oakland and Raynor Avenues. Oakland curves to the west and meets Raynor which is just south of the Canadian National Railroad tracks near the First Student bus barn. The new facility will house the majority of Crest Hill’s 22 public works employees and administrative staff. It will also provide covered parking for public works vehicles to reduce costs and increase longevity of city property.
Crest Hill Mayor Ray Soliman says the 45,000 square foot modern facility should be completed in the spring of 2020. Soliman says the city has always owned this property and was the former site of the original City Hall in the 1960’s and 70’s.
The city saved upwards of $6 million dollars by having the City’s building inspector handle the general contract management.
Key to the project getting off the ground were Building Inspector Kirk Wilkins, Chief Mechanic Brian Semplinski, City Administrator Heather McGuire, and the City’s finance consultant Nick Narducci along with Mayor Soliman and the Crest Hill City Council. Construction is expected to be completed before the end of the year.