The advantages Wood River will receive by purchasing a shuttered federal facility a few blocks away from City Hall would be significant, according to city officials. The Albert J. Ellison Reserve Center at 100 Anderson Avenue is a former home of U.S. Army Reserve units, and they have been looking at it for some time. The City Council this week approved the purchase of the facility from the U.S. Government.
Public Services Director Steve Palen says the plan is to bring the different locations his department uses together, consolidating operations there. He says there are moderate concerns about asbestos and radon.
The cost of the building is said to be about $139,000, which includes 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.