The Frankfort Village Board approved a $5 million payout to cover the cost of expanding its administration building.
"They shelved this project five years ago because of the economy," village Trustee Todd Morgan said after the board approved the move at its Monday night meeting.
Morgan credited fellow trustee Richard Trevarthan for getting the project back off the ground.
The addition to the administration building near the corner of Route 45 and Nebraska Street will house a village board room and community meeting room. It will also include public bathrooms, a lobby and several offices.
Architect Grant W. Currier said the building is a one-of-a-kind design for Frankfort.
"This is unique," Currier said.
"This facility will not be, as some may say, ostentatious," said Mayor Jim Holland.
"It will be impressive but not overdone, which I think is appropriate for our community," the mayor said.
The village has the cash to cover the $5 million outlay, said Trustee Cindy Heath.
"This money is already in the bank," Heath said.
Besides hosting village board and committee meetings, the new room will accommodate community groups, civic groups and homeowners' associations, Holland said.