Oak-Leyden’s Elmwood Park site offers training, replaces Franklin Park facility October 1, 2014

A grand opening will be held November 7 for Oak-Leyden Developmental Services’ new training site in Elmwood Park. The building—now owned for the same amount it cost Oak-Leyden to rent its Franklin Park facility—allows the agency to continue serving adults with developmental disabilities in western Cook County.

Last year IFF financed $1.3 million to acquire and renovate the property for the Oak Park-based nonprofit. Oak-Leyden also hired IFF to oversee the renovation of the 10,000-square-foot space to accommodate offices and program space, including a resale store. The work also included reducing energy costs financed by IFF through a Bank of America program, receiving $10,000 in utility energy efficient rebates, and securing an Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation grant for $5,496.

On November 7, Oak-Leyden also will present IFF with its 2014 President’s Award for its commitment to the organization’s facility improvements this year. IFF will receive the award at Oak-Leyden’s annual benefit, Oaktoberfest.