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By DAVE HINTON
Rantoul Press editor
With the shell up on the Easton-Bell Sports plant west of Rantoul, work is progressing on the interior.
Village Inspector Dan Culkin told the village board at its February study session Tuesday that the steel work inside the building is “three-fourths of the way done.”
“It’s interesting when you stand on the east end and look west, it’s a lot of steel. A lot of steel,” Culkin said.
He said the roof is one-third completed.
Work is also progressing in other areas.
“Sprinkler contractors, designers were in today and last week ... finalizing sprinkler plans,” Culkin said.
Greg Hazel, director of public works, said the water main extension for the mammoth plant is about 90 percent completed.
“We’re hoping to test the lines in the next week and a half,” Hazel said.
He also said the advertisement for construction of Innovation Road, which will serve the plant to the north, went out this week. Bids are due Feb. 22.
Hazel requested a special meeting of the village board for Tuesday, Feb. 26, to award the contract.
A mid-June target date has been set for the project to be done.
The board will be asked to approve at its Feb. 12 meeting a budget amendment to accommodate larger-than-budgeted expenditures for installation of the public portions of the water main and sanitary sewer facilities for the plant along Innovation Road.
The village had originally budgeted $610,000 for the work, including $310,000 for the water main and $300,000 for the sanitary sewer. An additional $173,542 will be sought, bringing the total to $783,542.00, which includes a contingency fund of $72,000.
An additional $133,458 will also be transferred for sanitary sewer slip-lining repair and for engineering costs for a phosphorus removal project at the wastewater treatment plant.
The work includes the installation of 3,500 feet of 8-inch and 10-inch sanitary sewer main and 4,300 feet of 10-inch and 12-inch water main.
Hazel said the utilities have also been sized and placed at a depth to also serve the acreage to the north of the site.
The work is being handled by Easton-Bell’s contractors.
Easton-Bell Sports currently has two facilities in Rantoul, one along U.S. 136 east of Rantoul and another in a hangar at the former Chanute Air Force Base.
The company employs 300 people in Rantoul. All of those employees and operations at the two current buildings will be moved to the new facility, which will encompass 815,000 square feet.
East Rantoul construction
Easton-Bell isn’t the only development ongoing in Rantoul.
Work is under way in east Rantoul for construction of two new stores and a senior villa.
The 42-unit Twin Lakes Senior Villa project is being built north of Brookstone Estates.
Culkin said the storm system work is proceeding for the project for “stormwater runoff and their detention basin.”
“A few of the building sites on the east end have been established and will be ready for construction in early spring,” Culkin said.
Hazel said an electrical crew has installed the first phase of the electrical service for the villas, “and they’re preparing for construction of the first two buildings.”
Footings have been dug for the O’Reilly and Dollar Tree stores that will be built south of Brookstone Estates, according to Culkin.
In other business, Mike Loschen, community development director, said a two-story house at 112 E. Champaign Ave. has been demolished and the neighboring house is scheduled to come down in March.
He said the first Citizens Advisory Committee meeting was held Jan. 31 to review some of the social service applications. The next meeting of the committee will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in the village board room.