CARTERVILLE, IL (KFVS) - The Illinois Senate passed a bill that would transfer unused property from Southern Illinois University Carbondale to the City of Carterville for economic development.
Community leaders, and developers are already thinking of how they'll get the most out of the land and use the prime location to their advantage.
“We’re a half mile away from rail, we’re a stone’s throw away from a Veteran’s Overpass and Route 13 which leads us directly to the 57 Interchange,” said Caterville Mayor Brad Robinson said. “So, transportation wise we have some advantages here that developers may find beneficial when they’re looking for a place to put business.”
Senate Bill 168, sponsored by Sen. Dale Fowler, would transfer the 94 acres for future economic development. Once the City gets it, it plans on annexing the property into its corporate limits and then donating the property to the Regional Economic Development Corporation.
The property was once used by the university to house automotive technologies teaching facilities, but now sits vacant.
According to Sen. Fowler, REDCO intends to market the property for future businesses and industrial development in the Carterville.
“The City of Carterville is very excited about the potential this location holds for future businesses and light industrial development,” added Mayor Robinson said. “We plan on partnering with REDCO and our neighboring community leaders to bring developments that will benefit all of the southern Illinois region.”
Senate Bill 168 was unanimously passed by the Senate on April 11. It advanced to the House for further action.