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Posted on: September 19, 2012

[ARCHIVED] City to Annex 777 Acres for Eastpark Commerce Center: Largest Certified Business Park in Wisconsin

One of the largest annexations in the City’s history, the 777 acres will lay the groundwork for potentially thousands of jobs. The site could be the largest certified site in the State and will potentially attract businesses from around the world.

The Mayor of the City of Stevens Point today announced his intentions to place before the City’s Plan Commission and Common Council an annexation petition that will be forwarded to the State for their review. This petition, which is a direct and unanimous annexation request, involves several parties: Myron Soik and Sons Inc.; Blue Top Farms Inc.; The Mocadlo Family; and James and Delores Zakrzewski. In addition to the annexation request, the Plan Commission on October 1st will also entertain permanent zoning on the land to allow for industrial and manufacturing development. On Monday the 24th, options to purchase parcels or all of the 777 acres will be before the Plan Commission, Finance Committee, and Common Council. The 777 acres just East of Stevens Point is bordered on the West by CTY R, on the South by CTY HH, on the east by Burbank Road, and on the North by the Canadian National Railroad.

This move will allow the City of Stevens Point to proceed with the certification of this site under the State of Wisconsin’s Certified Sites Program administered through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

“This project represents one of the largest annexations in the City’s history,” said Mayor Andrew Halverson. “The 777 acres to the City’s east will lay the groundwork and foundation for potentially thousands of jobs over the next 20 to 30 years,” Halverson added. “This site, which is being targeted to be the largest certified site in the State, will be capable of attracting businesses from around the world."

“It is time for this City to create partnerships from every angle - landowners, private sector, and the State - to move forward the job creation we all need,” Halverson added.

“The Stevens Point site is exactly what our focus was as we created the certified sites program, and we very much look forward to the submittal,” said Paul F. Jadin WEDC CEO and Wisconsin Secretary of Commerce. “A site of this size would present this State a tremendous opportunity to attract major employers who need a great community and dedicated workforce to succeed,” Jadin added.

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