This week, the Village of Wheeling Board of Trustees and the Wheeling Park District Board of Commissioners reached an agreement to apply $1.8 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds toward the renovation and expansion of the Community Recreation Center (CRC) at Heritage Park.This contribution to the $18.8 million project reflects the value of the CRC as a resource for the community as a whole, and also serves to secure a permanent state-of-the-art facility for senior recreation services in Wheeling.
Under the agreement, the Park District will provide a permanent home for Senior Recreation Programming and for the Village’s popular congregate dining program upon the completion of the renovation project.
“This Intergovernmental Agreement is an outstanding example of what can be achieved when we work together for the betterment of our constituencies,” said Sue Stein, President of the Wheeling Park District Board of Commissioners. “The support from the Village of Wheeling will go a long way toward helping us offer our residents the services they need and desire.”The CRC is located in the Town Center-II Tax Increment Financing District, established by the Village in 2014 to spur growth along the Dundee Road corridor in keeping with its Comprehensive Plan.“For many years, the Village has encouraged transit-oriented mixed-use development in our town center, and those efforts have proven very successful,” Village President Pat Horcher said. “In anticipation of the arrival of many new Wheeling residents only steps away from Heritage Park, the Park District has undertaken this critical renovation project in order to stay ahead of the community’s needs, and the Village is honored to contribute to these efforts.”In a separate agreement, to be completed later this month, the Village will lease the playground in the Avalon Sienna subdivision to the Park District beginning in May of 2021.“I am very pleased that we were able to work with the Village of Wheeling to meet the goals of both of our agencies while providing benefits back to residents,” said Jan Buchs, ExecutiveDirector of the Wheeling Park District. “This agreement will assist the Wheeling Park District in fulfilling our mission of providing memorable experiences in parks and recreation that enrich our communities.”Apart from the congregate dining program, all of the Village’s senior programming has been hosted at the CRC since the start of 2018, when the Village closed the Wheeling Pavilion Senior Center, which had become inadequate to serve the needs of its members.“Both the Village and the Park District remain strongly committed to providing great social and recreational programming for Wheeling’s seniors, and we’re confident that the Community Recreation Center is the best possible location for it,” Village Manager Jon Sfondilis said. “While this arrangement has been the product of very rewarding behind-the-scenes cooperation, we expect the results to be transparent to our residents, who will only notice the seamless continuation of the services they rely on in a newly-renovated facility.”Contact: Village Manager Jon Sfondilis (847-499-9090)Park District Executive Director Jan Buchs (847-465-3333)