Village officials have taken yet another step in their plans to build a .
The site — it should be completed by Veterans Day 2012, officials have said — will honor military heroes from all five branches of the U.S. armed forces. A village board committee approved earlier this month a $23,900 design cost for the project, according to village documents.
The plaza is to be built near the , .
"The plaza will have a 300-foot-long walkway from the train station through the commuter lot, consisting of paver bricks in one segment and a 'hometown hero walk' with oak tree landscaping and stone memorial headstones," reported the Sun-Times Media on Nov. 25. "The walkway was included in the train station renovation project, which saved the village about $60,000 in construction costs ..."
The hero walk will honor local veterans who have served in U.S. wars between 1915 and 2015, the Sun-Times Media reported.
Officials recently approved the hiring of Site Design Group to guide the process. They'll get $13,500 to prepare bid specifications for the hero walk, while another company, Project Management Advisors, will get $10,400 to hire a construction company for that work, according to the Sun-Times story.
Some of the project will be paid for through a $100,000 state grant, while another portion will be funded . Residents can buy the commemorative stones to honor their loved ones, officials have said.
They hope to sell 1,300 of the 4 inch by 4 inch engraved bricks at $100 each and 125 of the 8 inch by 8 inch bricks at $200 a piece, reported the Sun-Times Media last week. That money will make lights, flagpoles and some decorative landscaping possible, board documents said.