At last Thursday night’s meeting of the Grafton Township Board, Township Administrator Pam Fender presented a real estate listing for the old R & R Metal Craft Building at 11012 N. Blakley Street in Huntley. (Near the library and village hall, for those of you not from Huntley.)
When I asked her later if anyone had encouraged her to look for potential office space, she told me it was her idea.
Last November 9th it was listed for $1.15 million. Fender told me it could be re-modeled for township use for about a half a million dollars.
So, something over $ 2 million, plus any interest on borrowed money.
And today, wrapping up the suit successfully filed to stop the $5 million (including interest) building of a new township hall on Haligus Road, the township’s attorney was very concerned that Judge Michael Caldwell include a line in the permanent injunction would allow the Township to pursue the issue of a new building at the forthcoming meeting of Township Electors on April 13.
The township trustees apparently are not willing to let the voters decide at the fall election whether they shall have new offices.
They want to allow only those who show up at the Annual Town Meeting to make the decision.
So, expect a vote to buy a building to serve as a new township hall a month from now at the Huntley High School Auditorium. Whether it will be the Blakley Street building or another one remains to be seen.
A floor plan of the building can be found below: