In December of 2018, Roscoe Township purchased 17 acres on Hononegah Road. Our negotiating team was able to procure the property for $277,300, nearly half the $500,000 asking price. The property contains the original home of Roscoe Township's first settler, Robert J. Cross. The Township has leased the home and surrounding yard to the Roscoe Township Historical Society, which is raising the funds to rehab the home. So far, water and sewer have been connected to the home, with a stub installed for the future community building, and there have been nearly 200 donated hours on the project on inside work to get ready for rehabilitation. In addition, Apex Contracting & ABC Supply donated the labor and roofing materials to replace the roof in 2019. The community support has been outstanding.
On the rest of the acreage, we are planning to build a small community center (3350sf) with activities for all ages. While small to start, it will be built with existing funds, and future expansion in mind. There will be no debt, no borrowing, no bonds, no leasing, and no tax increase. These are funds that have been built up for a nearly 30 year period in our General & Recreation Funds. In the last few years, we've heard from many of our residents as to the desire for such a facility. Roscoe Township has always invested in recreation for our residents. It is part of why this is such a great place to live.
We envision a place where residents of all ages can gather for activities, classes, family reunions, small weddings, group events, etc. The possibilities are endless!
We interviewed architects in early 2019, and chose Saavedra & Gehlhausen to lead us through this process. They are long time Township residents, have donated many hours of their time, and have shown a great desire and alot of excitement to work on this project in their hometown.
Proposed Site Plan