WESTERN SPRINGS – The village is developing a five-year plan for preservation work to the village’s historic water tower.
The tower, built in 1892, needs a new front door, window repairs, tuckpointing to its stone and brick facade and several interior improvements, such as new stairs.
In the summer, the Western Springs Historical Society, located in the tower, asked the village to consider the necessary renovations and come up with a timeline to execute them.
The village brought in contractors to draft a projected budget for the changes, and the Finance Committee is in the process of finalizing the budget.
“Because it’s an old historic building, a lot of work is custom building for the windows and doors,” said Matt Supert, the village’s director of municipal services.
Supert said the village will apply for grants that could help fund preservation work, but many of those grants dried up when the economy sank in 2008. The rest of the money will have to come from the village’s Capital Improvement Fund.
The village plans to publish an outline of the tower improvement plan on its website in the next two to three weeks, Supert said.