SAVOY– Have greenhouse, will travel.
When the village of Savoy purchased the former 6.5-acre Illinois Technology Center complex in April 2003 and converted the main building into a new municipal hall, it also inherited a greenhouse on the rear portion of the property.
Savoy Village Manager Dick Helton said the village would like to clear the site on which the greenhouse sits to build a new public works facility.
The proposed facility would house public works offices, parks and recreation vehicles and equipment, vehicle maintenance facilities, and street, sewer and mowing equipment.
"Right now we have our public works facilities and equipment spread over three different sites," Helton said. "Our goal is to have a single site for our public works department."
The village had been leasing the 8,000-square-foot greenhouse to Monsanto, but that company recently moved out of the building, giving the village an opportunity to unload it.
"We'd like to get public works to the site as soon as possible, but for that to happen, we need to remove the greenhouse," said Savoy Mayor Bob McCleary.
The village is considering selling the structure to an interested individual or company or possibly giving it away to a school or nonprofit organization.
"Some of the area schools are thinking about building a greenhouse," said village board member Joan Dykstra, who teaches in Mahomet. "Maybe one of them would be interested in taking it."
Village board member Bill Smith said the village should offer the building to the Champaign County Forest Preserve District for the botanical gardens at Lake of the Woods.
Trustee Brant Lewis said the village should advertise the availability of the greenhouse in trade magazines.
"Let's see what interest there is to purchase the greenhouse," Lewis said.
If the village is unable to sell or give away the greenhouse, Helton said, Savoy may need to hire a private individual to haul it away.