Decatur City Council votes to sell land to Northeast Community Fund

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DECATUR – Assistant City Manager Billy Tyus announces the Decatur City Council voted Monday, March 7, to sell land to a rising social services campus in the Wabash Crossing area.

Council members voted 6 to 0, approving a land-sale agreement between the City and long-standing community partner Northeast Community Fund. Just over three acres of city-owned land were approved for sale and will be used to build a new 20,000 square foot facility along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at Central Avenue.

The development will be located directly east of the new $6 million Crossing Healthcare, a state-of-the-art medical facility now open in the area, which was made possible in part by a similar agreement between the City and the former Community Health Improvement Center.

This project is in line with the City Council’s goal of redeveloping the community’s neighborhoods and reusing vacant facilities or lots for redevelopment whenever possible.

Tyus writes, “Many of the proposed uses of land on the campus are thought to be complimentary in nature, and the development is providing a centralized location for what are critical community services.”

Council members also voted Monday night in favor of improvements to the Mound Road Bridge over spring creek, located near the Decatur Correctional Facility. The work has an estimated construct cost of $915,000 and will be funded with federal and state funding.

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