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Evergreen Village relocation moves forward

Published: Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST
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The front of Evergreen Village is seen in Sycamore. The 129-unit mobile-home park is in a flood plain and has been the site of two major floods in the past six years. In 2012, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced a $4.2 million grant to help fund the community’s mitigation project.

SYCAMORE – The county continues to make progress on the Evergreen Village Mobile Home Park mitigation project after recently receiving a $4.2 million federal grant.

The DeKalb County Board’s Planning and Zoning Committee met Wednesday night to discuss actions they must take in to ensure the project is completed before a mandated deadline in June 2015.

The 129-unit mobile-home park at 955 E. State St. is in a flood plain and has been the site of two major floods in the past six years. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced a $4.2 million grant in June to fund relocation of the park’s residents and the demolition of the park.

The the money became available this month.

The federal grant will cover 75 percent of the project’s $5.6 million costs, and the state will provide the remaining $1.4 million.

Project head Paul Miller, who is the Planning Director of the American Institute of Certified Planners in DeKalb County, said the project is subject to both state and federal processes, which he described as complicated.

Because the project is completely funded by the state and federal government, there are several regulations by which the planning staff must abide.

“We’ve not done a mitigation project of this scope and scale before,” he said. “This is new to us.”

Miller told the committee that no county money would be used for relocation and demolition.

For the next steps, Miller said the county plans to name a project manager and must work with the Evergreen Village owner to ensure the park has at least a year’s notice before it closes.

Miller predicted the project would take between 11⁄2 to two years.

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