At four different corners in Grayslake you'll notice new monuments being built: on Lake Street near Route 120, Lake Street near Grayslake Central High School, Center Street near Route 83 and on Library Lane near Route 83.
These obelisks, or pillars, will evenutally have signage to help direct traffic to what the Village calls the 'Villlage Center' - the downtown business district, and multiple municipal and public facilities.
The new signs will welcome visitors to the Village Center, thank them for visiting, encourage them to stop by the historic downtown, and direct them to key locations in the area such as parking, shopping, and major public facilities. The obelisks near sidewalks will include historical information about Grayslake.
The project also includes directional signs on major routes including Routes 45, 83, 120 and Washington Street to help get people passing through Grayslake to visit the 'Village Center' and downtown businesses.
According to Derek Soderholm, deputy village manager for Grayslake, these obelisks are part of the Village's comprehensive plan to encourage shopping and dining in the downtown business district and generally promote the Village Center. "We've had requests over the years from businesses for something like this," he said.
The project has a pricetag of roughly $64,000 which will come out of the Village's Capital Fund. No property tax dollars are used to fund any of the Village's capital improvement projects, Soderholm said.
The new signs are expected to be complete in the next few weeks.