The sale of a shuttered federal facility a few blocks away from Wood River City Hall is nearly complete. The federal government sent the city a letter letting them know that the sale of the Albert J. Ellison Reserve Center has been approved, The building at 100 Anderson Avenue is a former home of U.S. Army Reserve units, and the city has been looking at it for some time.
In July, the City Council approved the purchase of the facility from the U.S. Government. Wood River Mayor Fred Ufert says they hope to begin moving into the building later this year.
The plan is to bring the different locations the Public Services Department uses together, consolidating operations there in the 17,000 square feet of usable space. The balance owed to the federal government is about $123,000. The facility has been vacant for about three years, when the 1008th Quartermaster Company and the 733rd Maintenance Platoon moved to the facility at the River's Edge Industrial Park in Granite City.