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Sterling utility moving to industrial park

Illinois American Water plans to build $1.6 million facility

STERLING – Illinois American Water needed more office space for its Sterling operations, and the utility has found it in Meadowlands Industrial Park.

The utility, now with office space at 304 Second Ave., will spread out in a new $1.6 million, 9,800-square-foot facility. The company owns Sterling’s water system.

“We were just outgrowing our space,” company spokeswoman Karen Cotton said. “This will help improve our operational efficiencies and customer service.”

Plans also call for three garage areas and more room for storage.

“We’re not able to have large inventory now, and this will also allow employees to have better access to their equipment,” Cotton said. “The larger meeting space allows us to work together better.”

The Sterling Industrial Development Commission this week approved the sale of the property when it met for the first time since 2008. The company closed on the property Friday.

The purchase price of the 1.7-acre lot was $44,675, or $28,000 an acre.

“Historically, the price in the industrial park is based on job creation,” said Heather Sotelo, executive director at Greater Sterling Development Corp. “They paid the full price because no jobs will be created,” she told the commission.

The Meadowlands Industrial Park is at West Lefevre Road and Lynn Boulevard, between Eberly and Gartner parks. The mixed-used industrial park has more than 100 acres of land that is subdivided into lots of various sizes – anywhere from 1 to 20 acres. The land is administered by the city and GSDC.

There are about 20 lots still available, Sotelo said.

The water company said it planned to build the facility this year. The utility’s water treatment plant is at 1701 E. First St.

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