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Kaneland Connection: Elburn Station project in motion

ELBURN – Large spools containing orange cables have been sitting along Anderson Road, just south of Route 38, in Elburn.

Digging is going on nearby, as workers move to relocate a fiberoptic cable that must be shifted as part of the project that will move and then extend Anderson Road – which currently stops at Prairie Valley Street – south to Keslinger Road. The plan includes a bridge that will provide a key crossing of the busy railroad tracks in town.

The cable relocation is part of what ShoDeen President Dave Patzelt called “some of the nonglamorous work” associated with the Elburn Station project. That work is underway, and Patzelt provided an update last week at the Masonic Lodge on Route 47, during the Elburn Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon.

Elburn Station potentially could bring more than 2,000 new homes to the village over 20 years, in an area near the Metra Station.

Patzelt expects the Anderson Road extension project to be completed by fall 2015. He said the construction of homes at Elburn Station is expected to start in spring 2015, though Patzelt said the company cannot close on a sale until the road is open. He said there has been interest in the Keslinger Road area, including inquiries about the possibilities of a church, a flooring retailer and gas stations.

“It’s sparking a lot of business interest, which to us, is a very good sign,” Patzelt said.

Patzelt talked about the amount of dirt that will be needed to create the bridge. That brought a question from Jack Hansen, the chamber’s ambassador, that has been asked around town – if dirt is needed, why not use some from the giant mounds of dirt that sit near Kaneland High School? Patzelt said that would cost as much as five times more than simply using the dirt that is near the Elburn Station site.

Asked what kind of commercial developments might be established near the train station, Patzelt said he thought there could be mixed-use buildings, perhaps retail or an office, with residents living in parts of the buildings. Perhaps there would be markets, dental offices, a dry cleaner or a governmental office.

Kaneland service awards

The Kaneland Education Association recently celebrated Kaneland School District teachers who have reached service milestones, as well as two retirees – Andrea Wickers, a special education teacher at Blackberry Creek Elementary School, and Janet Brazas, a school nurse at both John Shields and McDole elementary schools. Also, Stacey Harant was honored as volunteer of the year.

Those honored include Gwen Carlson and Deb Brubaker, for 35 years; Dana Alterie, Betty Anderson, Karen Devereaux, Barb Messina, Gail Payton and Cynthia Violett for 20 years; and Judy Fabrizius, Patrick Hogan, Kristen Johnson, Debra Martenson, Karen North, Carrie Svihlik and Charri Trembley for 15 years.

Honored for 10 years were David Argabright, Janet Brazas, Laura Bright, Andre Carriere, Jessica Cielak, Jaime Fox, Raney Good, Kelli Scardamaglia, Gene Heinsohn, Bridget Johnson, Brian Kowalski, Mary Kunstman, Maureen Kuntz, Nancy Palpant, Kelly Person, Jill Roderick, Kindra Schumacher, Matt Smith, John Warrington, Laura Widhalm, Laurel Scigouski and Tom Biddle.

Honored for five years were Lauren Biddle, Patrick Carter, Carleen Wieg-Gregg, Thomas Hanlon, Brian Johnson, Victoria Molander, Dan Rutter, Erin Shore and Carrie Workman.

Al Lagattolla is the news editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Write to him at

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