Ask an Official: City Admin discusses future industrial park
This week’s featured question was submitted for Merrill City Administrator Dave Johnson
The question reads:
“Is it true we are getting a new industrial park? If so, where will it be and how big? When do you think it would start being built and finished? I think this is very good news for the city and I hope we can see something like this more sooner than later.”
Answer as given by Mr. Johnson:
“The City of Merrill has an accepted offer for the purchase of a 67 acre parcel in the Town of Merrill for an east-side industrial park. The parcel is north of the Church Mutual property on the north side of Highway G. Prior to the City closing on this parcel it has to be annexed into the City, along with a section of Highway G that needs to be annexed to provide connectivity with the City, and the zoning changed from Agricultural to Industrial. This process will be completed by the end of October.
“It is important for Merrill to have available land for development. We will not be building on the property, we will merely have land with available City utilities for development. We have previously had companies approach the City of Merrill looking for development sites and we have not had land readily available for development so the development went to other cities with available land. This property offers ready access to Highway 51 and Highway 64, making it more appealing than the original westside industrial park.”
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