MARSHALL, IL (WTWO/WAWV) — It may sound too good to be true, but it’s happening. Over 30 acres of land in Marshall are free to any business looking to set up shop.
It comes after Marshall native Gerald Forsythe donated 31.5 acres of land to the city, the property is located near E 1350 Rd. on the town’s southside.
Forsythe has a long history of donating land to the Marshall for economic development, click the link below for an example.
Officials say the goal is to provide an economic boost and the opportunities are endless.
Again, the property is free. However, any potential business must have a solid commitment to the area. The land is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
“Before we can begin to develop the area, the business has to come in. They can help tailor it to how they’d like,” Councilman, Warren LeFever, said. “We need a business first.”
LeFever and other city officials, including Mayor John Hasten, are receptive to the idea of multiple businesses occupying the property.
The acres are currently zoned for industrial use.
While the land comes at no cost, the city will help by applying for grants to develop infrastructure around the area, including roads.
“They’ll get the five-star treatment,” LeFever added. “Marshall is not incapable of having the things we need to provide an industrial site for a business. That’s what we want. If you want to locate, here’s a chunk of free land.”
Hasten said the goal is to be economically competitive with surrounding cities and a major business could help kick start further development.
“It provides jobs within the city and it allows the city a chance to expand,” He added.
LeFever adds this is a historic moment for the city.
“We’ve never had anything like this, but now we do. We will take full advantage of this,” He stated.
Anyone interested in the property can contact the city at 217-826-8084 or 217-826-8087.