UI says there's no groundbreaking set on new feed mill

UI says there's no groundbreaking set on new feed mill

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois won't be breaking ground on a new feed mill this weekend after all.

Earlier this year, developer Peter Fox informed the UI Research Park Board that the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences was planning to begin construction Sept. 8.

But that was news to the College of ACES. A week later, Dean Kim Kidwell said fundraising was still underway and no timeline had been set.

While the project is still progressing, "there's not a groundbreaking event planned," said Melinda DelRossi, assistant to the dean.

The existing feed mill — located just south of State Farm Center — was built in 1927 and manufactures some 6,000 tons of feed a year for livestock and research.

Replacing it with a modern facility near Curtis Road and Race Street has been a top ACES priority, and doing so would make room for a community ice arena Fox wants to build.

At June's Research Park board meeting, Fox Development CEO Andrea Ruedi said $6 million had been raised for the $11 million feed mill project.

Fox did not return a request for comment Thursday.

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