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New city database aimed at developers

Demographic, other infomation available

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 8:15 a.m. CDT
David Nord

DIXON – To make it easier for developers to survey what properties are available in Dixon, the city launched a new database.

The database was among the priorities that new City Administrator David Nord mentioned before he officially started the job. It launched last week, he said, and contains 21 vacant commercial properties for sale or lease and six undeveloped lots.

It can be difficult to get developers to Dixon for a “cold visit,” if they don’t have a specific property in mind or an idea of what’s available, Nord said. Photos and information on the database could make it easier to let developers see what’s available from Chicago, Rockford and the Quad Cities.

Those 27 local properties will also be listed on the state database, which is run by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Nord said,

The Dixon database was among the first things Nord wanted to accomplish with the city, he said, because he saw the value in it while he was village administrator in Cherry Valley, a suburb of Rockford.

“If you can make it easier for the people looking for sites, it’s all the better,” Nord said.

Dixon has yet to advertise its new database to developers in Rockford, the Quad Cities and elsewhere, something that will likely happen after Jan. 1, Nord said. When the database launched in Cherry Valley, he said, developers were calling within a month.

The Dixon database lists properties at no cost to the property owners, Nord said, and a property “not listed” can be added within a few days after an owner contacts the city.

Demographic reports are available with each listing to show, for example, the population, median household size, median age, and median income for three radiuses.

The listing also includes the building size, location from the airport or interstate, and the asking sale or lease price, if it is provided by an owner or real estate agent.

The entire downtown area has been surveyed and put into the database, Nord said, mostly from his walking or driving around the city.

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