VILLA GROVE — As plans for a new water treatment plant progress, the city council is also exploring plans for a new firehouse, ambulance bay and community building.
Mayor Terry Harbin said the city hopes to have the new water plant in place by 2017, so the current firehouse and ambulance bay must be removed from its Main Street location for that construction to begin.
The Community Development Committee had a meeting with Neil Strack of Architectural Expressions to discuss preliminary plans for a new combination municipal and community building to be located in Richman Sports Complex. The facility could possibly include fire and ambulance facilities, municipal offices and a community building including a full-size gymnasium.
"Financially it's easier to house everything in one place," said Harbin.
He said it would also provide more opportunities to apply for grant money to finance the project. A budget has not yet been set for the final project. Architectural Expressions has been hired to work with the city to work on preliminary plans based on input from the council. The city will continue to work on funding sources to determine the final budget.
"We miss our community building," said Community Development Chair Jason Eversole. He hopes the new building will provide facilities for recreation and sporting events that will also bring in revenue for the city.