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County Board sees vision for Route 38 campus

GENEVA – Through 3-D imaging and physical models, the Kane County Board on Tuesday saw the long-term vision for the judicial center campus at Route 38 and Peck Road in St. Charles Township.

Representatives of Wight & Company illustrated how the campus might transform into a four-quadrant site featuring new buildings for the Kane County Government Center, a parking deck, fleet maintenance and a county public service area.

Additions also are projected for the existing buildings: the judicial center, juvenile justice center, adult justice center and sheriff's office.

"There are years of planning and decisions ahead of us," Board Chairman Chris Lauzen said.

Bringing other county offices and agencies to the Route 38 site has been planned since the county began developing the parcel more than 20 years ago. Wight & Company representatives even pointed to areas – such as the grassy knoll in front of the judicial center – as placeholders for future expansion.

Planning for expansion could come soon – Wight & Company identified 2015 as time for planning the expansion of the judicial center. With a new wing, representatives said, clerk records – as well as the circuit clerk – could be moved there.

Board members seemed receptive of the vision but expressed desires for energy efficiency and sustainability.

Also in their presentation, Wight & Company officials showed a chart detailing a space needs projection done for the county government as part of the long-range facilities planning.

Lauzen noted how the chart was "all-inclusive" by covering nearly 50 county offices and agencies. He specifically pointed out the coroner's office. Coroner Rob Russell has been pushing for new facilities.

"No one is being left out of this," Lauzen said. "We intend to keep it that way."

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