The sale of a shuttered federal facility a few blocks away from Wood River City Hall was completed a few months ago, and work will soon get underway in turning it into a place where the Public Services Department can be consolidated. The Albert J. Ellison Reserve Center is a former home of U.S. Army Reserve units, and the city has been looking at it for some time.
About a year ago, the City Council approved the purchase of the facility from the U.S. Government, and it was finalized this April. Wood River Public Services Director Steve Palen says there has been a lot of planning work so far.
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 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.