The Grant Committee for the Village of Shabbona has been exploring the potential of applying for an ITEP (Illinois Department of Transportation Enhancement Program) Grant. The goal is to enhance the visual perspective of what Shabbona looks like to visitors and residents and encourage visitors to visit and shop downtown. Over 400,000 people visit Shabbona Lake State Park annually and a survey revealed that 78% of them were not aware of the services and shops offered in our downtown. Our village also sees an extensive amount of traffic on Route 30.
The Grant Committee and the Village Board of Trustees have reviewed a proposal from Fehr-Graham Engineering and Environmental for professional engineering services for conceptual plans and renderings. Fehr-Graham are also experienced with doing ITEP and other grant applications, most recently they worked with the Village of Durand IL who were awarded a federal grant money in 2018 towards rejuvenation of their downtown business district.
To see what the Village of Durand has planned, visit their website and watch the Video posted on the project page. https://villageofdurand.com/square-project/.
April 2019: the Grant Committee will move forward with Phase I to explore feasibility of project working with Fehr-Graham. Committee will be reaching out to business owners and residents to get input and volunteers to be involved in the planning for Phase I.
August 2019: the Village Board approved proceeding towards applying for ITEP Grant. Two public meetings are scheduled to be held: Thursday, September 19th and Monday, September 23—both will be held at 6pm at Village Hall. Concept drawings are posted below and are also available for review at the Village Office during office hours.