A “threatening call” to Mokena School District 159 that led to soft lockdown of its schools Tuesday, May 12, has been called a hoax by district officials.
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Over the shoulder and a few hundred yards away from Bruce Johnson stood the site of what will soon be filled with construction crews going to work on the first indoor shooting range in the Village of Mokena.
“It’s just going to be a state of the art, modern facility,” Johnson said with admiration as he gazed out the window of the RBT Development office building in Mokena. “That’s 88th Avenue and [the facility] is going to be straight back to where that white box is.”
Momentum is heading in more than the right direction for the Mokena Marketplace, which as of Monday, Oct. 27, will officially welcome a new occupant to the Village in an area currently ripe with business and development.
The Mokena Village Board of Trustees heard a proposal for a shooting range to come to Mokena during a June 16 work session at Village Hall.
Dubbed Live Fire Gun Shop & Club, the business would be housed in a brand-new, custom-designed, 38,000-square-foot building at 18810 88th Ave. if granted a special use permit by the board. The establishment as currently proposed would contain a gun shop and shooting ranges for rifles and pistols. The business would also offer concealed carry classes and club membership.
An event that failed to earn Village Board approval last summer has been given the green light its second go around.
The Mokena Downtown Merchants Association is set to host a Feast of St. Mary Mount Carmel on Sunday, July 20, in the Front Street commuter lot.