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Opening up opportunities: Dixon, Lee County group working with landowners for future industrial park expansion

DIXON – The city and the Lee County Industrial Development Association are working with landowners to survey properties prime for expanding the industrial park that sits south of Interstate 88.

There’s only about 6 or 7 acres left to sell, and the two groups are taking steps to grow the footprint of the nearly full industrial park. LCIDA bought the land 2 decades ago.

Last month, the City Council approved an agreement with Connie and Larry Clayton and Larry and Louise Ferguson to conduct a topographic study of two farm properties, which total about 150 acres south of I-88 and east of the industrial park, where East Corporate and Progress drives end.

They’re surveying the land and seeing how it could be subdivided into smaller parcels so pieces could be separated from the farmland and used for future development, City Manager Danny Langloss said.

The agreement includes an option for the city to have the first opportunity at purchasing the smaller pieces of land at a fixed price, which has yet to be determined, he said.

“We need to be the most competitive, and we need sites that are shovel-ready,” Langloss said. “We’ve been so successful in the past with filling the park, and we need more room to expand.”

The hope is to have options in place before or shortly after the start of the year, he said.

The surveying is part of due diligence in readying land for development, which also includes looking at utilities and infrastructure.

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