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DeKalb County considering $475,000 building purchase from Sycamore

Price tag $475,000 for office, storage, garage facilities for departments that need space

DeKalb County Administrator Gary Hanson speaks during a DeKalb Public Building Committee meeting in the DeKalb County Administration Building in Sycamore.
DeKalb County Administrator Gary Hanson speaks during a DeKalb Public Building Committee meeting in the DeKalb County Administration Building in Sycamore.

SYCAMORE – DeKalb County is hoping to expand its Sycamore footprint by the end of summer with the about half-million-dollar purchase of three buildings from Sycamore.

A resolution to purchase three buildings from the city for $475,000 is set to go before the DeKalb County Board in August. The board’s Executive Committee moved forward a resolution Wednesday to buy as a package deal one storage facility at 1721 N. Main St., near the DeKalb County History Center, and an office building and garage at 202 E. Page St.

The office building and garage used to serve as the Sycamore Water Department building.

County Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski said the storage facility near the history center will house vehicles and equipment for the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and the old Water Department building may be used as a location for early voting. He said the DeKalb County Coroner’s Office or Facilities Management may make use of the building as well, but nothing is concrete yet.

“Both departments have been in need of space,” Pietrowski said.

The Aug. 21 County Board meeting may mark the conclusion of a three-year process of trying to build or look for extra storage facilities for the county, DeKalb County Administrator Gary Hanson said at the meeting. The board will not have the current resolution on their June 19 agenda because Hanson said he wants the land surveyed and the surveys available in time for the board to make its final decision.

Of the $475,000, $320,000 will come from the County Farm Fund with the remainder coming from the Opportunity Fund, according to the resolution.

An additional $25,000 will be available for minor building alterations or repairs.

The item was brought before the board’s executive committee meeting Wednesday so that it could move the item to the August meeting and to give time for land surveys to be completed, Hanson said.

The County Board will meet next at 7 p.m. June 19 at the DeKalb County Legislative Center, 200 N. Main St.

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