The first of a handful public meetings aimed at discussing what could be done with the Army Reserve Center, 7402 Roosevelt Rd., should it become available, will be convened by the zoning board of appeals, on Dec. 5, at village hall.

The consulting firm Wills Burke Kelsey Ltd., has reportedly been researching the land for some time. It is looking for ways the village could capitalize on the property should the federal government decide to sell it.

Wills Burke will present its preliminary findings at Monday night’s meeting, which is being held in conjunction with the regularly scheduled planning commission meeting, at 7 p.m., in the basement of village hall.

According to officials, the federal government currently has no intention of selling the property, but, if it does become available, the village wants to know ahead of time what could be done with the land.

The village is using a $50,000 grant it received from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to pay Wills Burke and a subcontractor, Land Vision, Inc., to do the planning.

Monday night’s meeting is the first of several; and the village is asking board members, those who sit on the zoning board of appeals and the planning commission, and the public to attend the event.

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