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Triton College to host public meetings on planned building upgrades

Triton College officials want to make significant upgrades requiring the issuance of bonds and are seeking input from the community prior to a decision being made.

Several community meetings have been planned as college officials consider issuing about $50 million in bonds to pay for upgrades to the campus buildings in River Grove.

College officials say Triton’s current buildings and infrastructure are old and in need of major upgrades.

Some of the upgrades involve expanding the college’s Child Development Center and expanding and upgrading the fitness center. Replacing windows and flooring in certain buildings on campus is listed as a priority and building a demonstration kitchen and lab for Triton’s hospitality students are also proposed.

One of the more important projects the college would like to fund with the bond money is enhancement of classroom space and areas where students study.

Patricia Granados, president of Triton College, expressed the importance of area residents coming to the meetings in a statement.

“The informational meetings are very important for the communities we serve,” Granados said. “We are pleased to share information and to invite community members to provide input regarding our proposed input regarding our proposed campus renovation projects.

“Community input is truly valued and we appreciate the opportunity to hear about their interests, concerns and to consider their feedback as we finalize planning to enhance Triton’s learning environment for the benefit of our students and the community.”

If approved, the improvements will be funded at no increased cost to taxpayers in the district, Triton officials have said.

The college’s board of trustees is scheduled to vote on the upgrades and issuance of bonds to pay for them in the fall.

For more information on the issuance of bonds and more information on what the college plans to do with the proposed bond money residents can attend the following informational meetings:

• East Leyden High School, 3400 Rose St., Franklin Park, at 7 p.m., July 24.

• Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park, at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5.

For more information, contact Triton College at 708-456-0300.

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