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Village Continues Talks Over Land for New Police Station

New Lenox officials continue to negotiate a deal with a local landowner that could give the village a portion of land that would be the future site of a new police station.

New Lenox officials continue to negotiate a deal with a local landowner that could give the village a portion of land that would be the future site of a new .

Mayor Tim Baldermann said the village sent an agreement to Voss Homes a couple weeks ago, but heard back last week with a couple things the landowner wanted changed.

Voss Homes owns the 500-acre property southeast of Gougar Road and Haven Avenue, and the village is hoping to get a 20-acre land donation in exchange for extending Nelson Road, which runs through the planned residential area.

The in September, and it includes the construction of a new police department and public works facility as well as the extension of Nelson Road south so it connects between Haven Avenue and Illinois Highway.

"It's taking a little more time than we anticipated, but this is millions of dollars in road work," Baldermann said.

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Because the agreement is still being negotiated, Baldermann couldn't give many details on what the landowner wanted changed. But he said some of it has to do with the exact acreage the village would receive, where the buildings would be constructed and what else would happen with the remained of the property.

"The site originally didn't include any pulic uses, so he'll have to get that sorted out," Baldermann said of Voss Homes.

The mayor said the sides could come to an agreement this year, but they're in no rush. Construction wouldn't start until the spring. After an agreement is made, the Village Board would need to discuss the deal again in closed session before voting during a public meeting.

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