Community Invited to Campus Design Unveiling
Bourbonnais partners with the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce
Bourbonnais, IL – The Village of Bourbonnais is pleased to present the Community Campus final design debut and future of Bourbonnais Thursday, February 24, 2022. From 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the public is invited and encouraged to attend the unveiling at the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours, hosted by the Village of Bourbonnais, at the BrickStone Brewery Production Facility, 572 Brewery Lane, in Bourbonnais. No registration is required. All ages are welcome.
Village residents, businesses and visitors can view the designs created as a direct outcome of their input on a year-long engagement process by The Lakota Group – an urban planning and landscape architecture consulting firm – who the village commissioned to lead the Community Campus project. The campaign kick-off began in the fall of 2019 when the village announced its plans to develop a high-quality, destination-focused central core for community gatherings throughout the year around the Municipal Center at 700 Main Street NW. Over 3,000 participants responded to and helped shape the Campus vision via a series of open houses and online surveys.
“This is more than a project written on a piece of paper to be put away on a shelf. This is the future of Bourbonnais,” explained Bourbonnais Mayor, Paul Schore. “We asked, and we listened. Now, we invite the community to see what they helped create.”
The Village of Bourbonnais Board of Trustees adopted the Community Campus Master Plan on December 21, 2020. The next stage in the development process will include requests for proposals on the currently estimated $20M project – one of the largest in the village’s history.
“We are very proud to introduce a state-of-the-art facility that has something to offer for all ages,” stated Village of Bourbonnais Administrator, Michael Van Mill. “It will be the centerpiece of our community by improving the quality of life for our residents, while fostering and attracting economic growth and tourism.”
Van Mill added the village is doubly proud that they can finance the Community Campus project without impacting property taxes, a common assumption with new development.
Groundbreaking is slated to commence in mid-to-late 2022, with project completion estimated in one year to one year and a half.
The Business After Hours will include brief remarks at 5:15 p.m. from Mayor Schore and the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Ashley Villarreal, followed by a project overview from The Lakota Group.
To learn more about the Community Campus, visit: https://www.villageofbourbonnais.com/development/community-campus-plan/.
Village of Bourbonnais Media Contact:
Marketing & Public Engagement Manager
600 Main St. NW
Bourbonnais, IL 60914