Tuesday, April 29, 2008

City Comments on Bleyer Field

In response to some questions (not from me) about the plans for the old CCHS football and track fields, Kevin Baity, Assistant City Manager for Economic Development sent the following email:

Good Morning,

The former Bleyer Field was acquired by Mr. Lloyd by way of a sealed bid
format from the Carbondale High School District #165. It is my understanding
there were only two bids and his was twice the lower bid amount. The
property contains approximately 12.63 acres more or less and contains three
zoning districts (Secondary Business - SB, along Main Street; Residential -
R-1-5, along Linden Street at the north end of the track; and R-1-8 for the
majority of the property between Bleyer Drive and Oakland Avenue). The owner
has listed the property with Ann Colborn and Associates of Marion, IL.
Members of the Planning Department and myself have met with Ms. Colborn to
discuss the current zoning, points of access and utility availability for
the property. Ms. Colborn is actively pursuing developers for the property
in her capacity as RE agent. Currently we are not privy to such information
and in the event we do become involved that information is generally bound
by a Confidentiality Agreement. The City has not received an application for
any potential rezoning of the property.

In November 2007, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic
Opportunity approved our application to extend the Enterprise Zone to areas
along West Main Street, including the former Bleyer Field. I am attaching an
informational brochure that explains the incentives offered through the EZ.

I hope this information answers some of your questions. I would be glad to
discuss this further if needed.

Kevin Baity
Assistant City Manager for Economic Development
200 South Illinois Ave.
Carbondale, IL 62902

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