Romeoville Mayor John Noak highlighted a long list of projects and accomplishments at the annual State of the Village address Thursday.
Noak reported a strong financial outlook for the village with the number of new businesses, increased development and investment in 2019 and beyond.
“I’m happy to report that Romeoville probably had one of its strongest years ever in 2019,” Noak said during his address.
Last year, Romeoville saw 4.2 million square feet in new leasing at facilities around the village, which Noak said might be a record. The industrial sector in Romeoville increased from about 24 million square feet in 2008, when Noak first came into office, to more than 34 million square feet in 2019.
During that same time, the number of jobs in Romeoville rose from about 10,000 in 2008 to about 24,000 in 2019. The village issued 106 new business licenses in 2019, which brought total active business licenses to 975.
The mayor also touted a 9% increase in home values last year in Romeoville, one of the largest increases in Will and DuPage counties, citing a report in Crain’s Chicago Business.
Noak also reported that the village saw a $1.9 million budget surplus in 2019 and expects another surplus this year.
The mayor also highlighted the big infrastructure projects announced last year, including a future Interstate 55 interchange at Airport Road/Lockport Street and a new control tower at Lewis University Airport.
Noak also shared a number of smaller projects in the works, such as a new facility for the local American Legion post, more apartment complexes and a dog park.
The mayor also emphasized the village’s work to improve recreational amenities, including upgrades to Budler Park, a new Discovery Park and recently announced grants to improve O’Hara Woods, Volunteer Park and Lake Strini.
He also mentioned plans to expand the Edward Hospital Athletic & Events Center in the village’s downtown area, which could include a fitness center, indoor track and swimming pool.