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ADM considering replacing feed mill with larger building

The Glencoe Planning and Industrial Commission on Thursday recommended approval of a height variance for Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Alliance Nutrition’s proposed new construction project at 1011 Elliott Ave. and along 10th Street. The company indicated it plans to build a structure about 150 feet high, or higher than allowed by ordinance, and about 20 feet taller than an existing feed mill on the site.
At Thursday night’s meeting, Mark Hedim, ADM’s operations manager, Lyle Highland, the local plant manager, and Pat Koehnen, a civil engineer with VAA, gave a brief update and fielded several questions about the project.
While Hedim said the company is currently pursuing its proposed plans internally, no decision has been made, yet. Hedim said the company, however, is trying to stay in front of the permitting process if the decision to build occurs.
The project, if it goes forward, proposes to tear down the existing feed mill building once the newer, larger one is built, Hedim said.
The company will keep its old warehouse along the railroad tracks, but demolish the existing warehouse closer to 10th Street.
A new building would be constructed there, along 10th Street, extend into the vacated part of DeSoto Avenue and into the former vacant lot to the west once owned by Johnson Motors. The one block of DeSoto Avenue was vacated last September by the Glencoe City Council, and the vacant lot was purchased earlier by ADM.

For more, see the Feb. 18 print edition of The Chronicle.