Village Projects

THE VILLAGE IS INVOLVED IN MANY PROJECTS INCLUDING ROAD IMPROVEMENTS, LANDDEVELOPMENT, SEWER STUDIES AND OTHER CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS. CLICK ON EACH PROJECT BELOW FOR A DESCRIPTION AND STATUS.

About the Pittman Property
Located in the Village of Antioch town center at the intersection of Main, Depot and Orchard Streets, is a two-acre parcel known as the Pittman Property. The portion of the property with the failed creek culvert was until recently owned by the Pittman family. It is zoned as “Village Core” and could accommodate commercial, residential or a mixed-use application. The Village of Antioch purchased the property and closed on the sale December 15, 2020.

Many have asked “Why doesn’t the Village just fix the culvert?”  The condition of the culvert is not repairable, and the active creek must be relocated into a new culvert or other conveyance system.  This is a complex and costly endeavor and feasible solutions will take some time to develop. The Village will continue to work with its engineering and environmental consultants to perform due diligence and formulate solutions that are in the best interests of the community. The Village will work as quickly and diligently as possible for a resolution and appreciates the community’s support.

The culvert: safety, status & next steps
The Village installed a culvert in this location nearly 45 years ago and is responsible for its repair. Over time, heavy rains and corrosion of the steel caused the integrity of the culvert to fail, leading to a ground collapse above it (creating a sinkhole).

Heavy rains impacted the sinkhole(s) and caused the condition to become an elevated concern. For safety, and to mitigate the potential of material washing into the creek and obstructing flow, an emergency declaration was signed by Mayor Lawrence Hanson. This declaration grants the Village certain powers to protect properties from damage, including flooding.

Many have expressed concerns about the sinkhole impacting Main Street. Although there is no way to guarantee it will not, the likelihood this would occur is low. The culvert under Main Street is concrete and is more stable than the metal culvert. With flow maintained into the concrete section at a normal capacity, it is anticipated it will function properly until a permanent solution is in place.

Effective with the signed order, the Public Works Department, under the direction of Director Heimbrodt, has removed all remaining material that sat over the culvert pipe. This will help take the load off the pipe to decrease the probability of future failure. It will also keep material from entering the creek and creating a blockage. The immeadiate goal is to maintain flow capacity within existing pipe sections and stabilize the area.

While the current situation is being managed and monitored, the Village will continue to work with its team and environmental and engineering consultants to formulate and present feasible solutions.

What will happen next?

The Village has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to solicit qualified consulting firms to develop a Downtown Beautification Plan to include streetscapes, parking lots, arcades, and the Pittman property with the goal of defining our downtown character, improving safety, increasing vibrancy and setting the stage for private investment.  Respondents to the request have been evaluated and the Village Board will soon make it’s selection at a future public meeting.

Final use of the property has not yet been determined and will require action by the Village Board. Options include having the creek remain underground, opening it up, or a combination/mix of each.  Integral to the process for determining the use and programming of the property will be robust public input and engagement.  Project updates can be found online at antioch.il.gov. Questions or comments can also be directed to Village Hall at 847-395-1000.

About the Bike Path

For many years the bike path between Tiffany Road and Hillside Avenue has flooded. This was due to the path being constructed several decades ago in the floodplain without a drainage system. The path also runs through wetlands, which added to the problem.

After a long process which included engineering to elevate the path and create drainage that will allow the path to be passable in all but the most serious flood conditions, obtaining permits from the Army Corps of Engineers, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, and then putting the project out for Bid, the project has been substantially completed in the late fall of 2020.

Now with the warmer weather, we are now able to go out and complete our punch list to correct any last deficiencies with the project. The Village is aware of the drainage deficiencies, and we are working with our engineers and contractor to correct the situation.  We are hoping to have these issues taken care of soon.

The Village would like to thank all our residents for your patience during this long process. We can’t wait to see the bike path being enjoyed by current and future residents.

The renovation of the Village of Antioch’s Village Hall is coming to conclusion. The 1,557-square foot building at 874 Main Street was heavily damaged in November 2019 when a driver crashed into the building’s front façade.

In addition to serving as the center of the Village of Antioch’s municipal administration, Village Hall also provides professional space for the Antioch Chamber of Commerce whose area received the brunt of the impact.

The building, constructed in 1969, once served as the Village’s police station. It also housed the Antioch Public Library in the 1940s. This community fixture on the corner of Main and Orchard Streets is also the site of the ongoing Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa’s Frozen Village, presented each winter.

Over the past several months, staff has worked with a local architect on options for the renovation/repair plans for the building.  The Village Board, with best use and design in mind to meet the community’s needs, decided in September to proceed with construction. Renovations are currently underway and expected to be completed this winter 2021.

For more information and project updates, visit antioch.il.gov, or contact Community Development Director Michael Garrigan (847-395-1000, ext. 1311, mgarrigan@antioch.il.gov).

Village of Antioch is currently reviewing proposals received for professional design services related to placemaking improvements in the Downtown.  The selected vendor will develop a Downtown Beautification Plan to include streetscapes, parking lots, arcades, and the Pittman property with the goal of defining our downtown character, improving safety, increasing vibrancy and setting the stage for private investment.  Integral to the process for determining the use and programming of the Downtown environment will be robust public input and engagement.  Look for opportunities to participate in the design process for the improvement and beautification of Downtown Antioch in early 2021. Project updates can be found online at antioch.il.gov. Questions or comments can also be directed to Village Hall at 847-395-1000.