The Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce will have a new, temporary home this spring.
The building the chamber uses in Community Park at 155 West Morton, which is owned by the city, will be demolished to make way for the proposed FutureGen training and visitors center. The Department of Energy still needs approve the $25 million facility. Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard says that should happen in the next two months.
Chamber president Ginny Fanning says the goal is for the chamber to eventually move into space inside the FutureGen building, although nothing is official yet.
She says while the training and visitors center is under construction, the chamber plans to utilize part of the Bank of Springfield building at 303 West College.
“They have been very generous to us to offer the 2nd floor of the BOS office on College at a rent that we’re able to handle,” says Fanning. “We’re just ecstatic to be moving into that. We went up and took a tour, and it’s move-in ready. We’re very appreciative that they’re offering that space to us.”
Fanning says the chamber will be at that location for about a year-and-a-half.
“At this point we’re thinking it will be May when we’ll be moving,” says Fanning. “If all goes as planned we’ll have the new FutureGen center finished, perhaps, by July of 2015. We’re thinking our move will be a 15 to 18 month window.”
She says the Chamber of Commerce board has approved the move into the BOS building, but they’re still waiting for a formal agreement to be signed which is expected soon.