Homer seeks voters’ advice
Township eyes grants for possible multipurpose venue at Trantina Farm
Homer Township officials are asking voters this November whether the township should pursue seeking grants to build a multipurpose building through its open space program.
Township Supervisor Pam Meyers said the purpose of the advisory referendum is to seek feedback from all township voters, and the results do not bind the township board to take action.
Township officials are determining the feasibility a multipurpose, pole-barn structure on the Trantina Farm property that would be used for year-round community events, Meyers said. The board plans to seek grants to pay for the building andwould not increase property taxes, she said.
Residents have requested a community center to have weddings, showers, luncheons and other social events, Meyers said.
The buildingwould also be used for various educational, environmental and recreational activities, she said. Among the possibilities could be a gathering space for scouting troops or a location for cultural events such as art exhibits or theater workshops or performances, Meyers said.
Senior citizens could use the building for their meetings, luncheons and annual Christmas parties, Meyers said. Thetownship’s senior citizen’s group has more than 100 members.
Area special needs advocacy groups have also requested a venue to host gatherings, said TomFijan, the chairman of the township’s open space planning and operations committee.
Some events already take place at the Town Hall, 16057 S. Cedar Road, Lockport, but these are limited because of the building’s small size and few parking spaces.
Fijan said he anticipates the building at Trantina Farm would be self-sustaining, getting a lot of use from families or organizations who rent the space for a few hours for a party, meeting or special event.
The goal is not to take away business from banquet halls or other local businesses, but provide a low-cost alternative to renting space as well as having a location for public presentations or educa
tional events for the community, Fijan said.
The farm is also a beautiful location to put a multipurpose center, Fijan said. The property already hosts the Austin-Welter Barn, a historic Will County landmark, aswell aswalking and equestrian trails, a pavilion, dog park, playground, wetlands and prairies. The farm has previously hosted such events as Homer Harvest Days and stargazing opportunities.
Meyers said the board is still exploring the feasibility of an event center and the grant possibilities. Any action would have to be approved by the township board before the building would be constructed, she said.