At Tuesday afternoon's Kendall County Forest Preserve Commission meeting, representatives of Kluber Architects and Engineers told the commissioners that bringing the Ken Pickerill house up to code will cost $367,496 for first floor renovation.

The house is located in the Pickerill-Pigott Forest Preserve on Minkler Rd. east of Yorkville.  The forest preserve is not yet open to the public.

Kluber Vice President Chris Hansen said that renovating both floors of the Pickerill house will cost $639,691. 

The second floor renovation would include $96,604 for an elevator in order for the Pickerill house to meet requirements mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Hansen said the Pickerill house is structurally sound.

Forest Preserve Commission President Judy Gilmour, a former teacher, sees the Pickerill house becoming an educational facility.

Commissioner Scott Gryder has been a persistent forest preserve critic, but Gryder sees the Pickerill house as valuable to the commission.

The Pickerill-Pigott Forest Preserve contains 102 acres.  The 32 acre Pickerill house and land was donated to the Kendall County Forest Preserve in 2008 by former Oswego H.S. coach and teacher Ken Pickerill.

The forest preserve bought the 102 acre Piggott part of the property for $4.2 million in 2008.

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