Stevens Point Mayor Andrew Halverson announced plans Wednesday, Sept. 19, for the city to annex and rezone 777 acres of mostly agricultural land for a new industrial park.
If it receives the necessary local and state approvals over the next month, the new industrial park, called the East Park Commerce Center, will be located east of the Portage County Business Park, bordered on the west by County Highway R (Brilowski Road), on the north by the Canadian National railroad, on the east by Burbank Road and on the south by County Highway HH.
The land is currently in the towns of Hull, Plover and Stockton, and is owned by four parties – Myron Soik and Sons Inc., Blue Top Farms Inc., the Mocadlo family, and James and Delores Zakrzewski.
“The planning for this goes back many years,” said Halverson, who will put purchase options for the land before the city’s Plan Commission, Finance Committee and Common Council Monday, Sept. 24. “This couldn’t happen at a better time because of our extreme need to focus on jobs creation and also the timing with the state site selection program.”
Halverson said the purchase options would be exercised or transferred on case-by-case basis as industrial tenants located in the park, moving from west to the east, which means the city would have little, if any, upfront or ongoing land acquisition expenses. Land awaiting development could remain in agricultural use.