Village Awarded APWA Project of the Year


The Village of Huntley has been awarded the American Public Works Association (APWA), Chicago Metro Chapter, Fox Valley Branch 2024 Project of the Year for the Cornell Building Historic Preservation project!  In collaboration with Christopher B. Burke Engineering and True North Properties, the Village’s work on the Cornell Building and surrounding infrastructure was recognized because of the team’s dedication to revitalizing one of the Village's oldest structures and improving vital infrastructure in the area.

The Cornell building, estimated to be over 120 years old, was identified as a key redevelopment site in the Downtown Revitalization Plan adopted in 2010. The Village recognized the historic building was a tangible symbol to honor our heritage and valuing the building’s character would maximize previous investments in both the Village’s downtown infrastructure and development. The Village acquired the building and property in early 2017, completed facility assessments as well as environmental remediation and then marketed the site for redevelopment. In 2022, a private-public partnership was executed for the adaptive re-use of the structure and its conversion into 38 apartment units. 

The project’s mission was to protect the building's heritage and character, while undergoing complementary improvements to both the building and the surrounding site infrastructure. The extensive list included expanding the parking lot to add 137 new stalls, constructing underground stormwater detention, fully reconstructing the South Church & Mill Street roadways, burial of overhead utilities, and a total replacement of the aging and undersized water main, 19 lead service lines, and storm sewer systems. Throughout the project, the team minimized disruptions to traffic and utility service, limiting the impact on residents and businesses.

Thank you to APWA for recognizing this incredible project!