Civic Center Project
The Village is constructing a combined Civic Center facility, which will be the new home of Village Hall, the Police Department and the administrative offices of Downers Grove Grade School District 58.
Located on the west side of the current Civic Center property, this combined facility will provide modern work spaces that will allow for efficient and effective interactions between employees and with customers. Plans also include shared spaces for a variety of public meetings and community activities, including a multi-purpose Council Chambers.
Washington Street Crossing Closure
Starting Monday, October 9, 2023,the Washington Street railroad crossing will be closed in conjunction with the ongoing construction of the Civic Center.
The crossing is expected to reopen the week of October 23.
This is an animated walk-through of what the competed project will look like.
Exterior features will include public plazas, pedestrian walkways and native landscaping. Visitor parking will be onsite, as well as areas designated for employees and official Village vehicles.
The proposed plan for the Washington Street intersection will eliminate the eastern leg of the intersection, streamlining the traffic flow and improving pedestrian walkways. A variety of environmentally sustainable features are proposed for the new building.
With a total project budget of $60 million, the new facility is expected to be substantially complete by early 2024. Proceeds from the sale of a portion of the Village property and the resulting property tax revenues will assist in the Village's efforts of paying for the project through a proposed Tax Increment Financing District.