JREDC president says developers in contact about pot grow centers

By Gary Scott on July 18, 2014 at 1:01pm

The president of the Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Corporation says the interest is there for a medical marijuana grow center in West Central Illinois.

Terry Denison said on WLDS’ “AM Conversation” this morning that eight different developers have contacted the JREDC about the possibility of a grow center somewhere in Morgan County.

“The focus is in Jacksonville because we’re the largest municipality, and the transactions and the requirements of this medical marijuana facility really make it tough to find a site,” he says. “But we’ve identified a couple of them, and we’re moving ahead on it.”

Regulations were approved this week by the state. The Bloomington Pantagraph reported 21 cultivation permits are expected to be granted around the state. Other areas under consideration for grow centers are Normal and the Metro East.

Also this morning, Denison announced Ameren is going to lease part of the AC Humko building for the next three years.

“They’re building a huge transmission line through our county, through Scott County and Morgan County, and so they’re going to be leasing that space for what they call a ‘lay down yard’,” Denison says.

“They’ll have it mowed; they’re going to be new fencing, security. There is a part that’s fenced in, and that’s the part they’ll use. They’re going to take that whole fencing down and put in more secure fencing, and just clean it up and make it look a lot nicer.”

There hasn’t been much activity at the plant. Two buildings and a tank farm were razed in December 2011, leaving a total of three buildings over 275-thousand square feet. The AC Humko building was most recently used by Stratas Foods, which stopped operations in early 2011.

You can listen to the full interview with Denison by Gary Scott below: