Moving Pillsbury Forward

The former Pillsbury Mills plant on the north east side of Springfield closed 20 years ago. The 18-acre property has significant legal entanglements and is known to be contaminated with asbestos and lead paint. The surrounding neighborhoods are among the most severely impoverished in Springfield.

Removal of existing structures and redevelopment of the site will provide the area with public safety, environmental, health, justice, and economics benefits.

Moving Pillsbury Forward (MPF) has positioned itself to coordinate redevelopment of the 18-acre site.

The Pillsbury project is large and complex but manageable. The project is reasonable and workable with the coordination provided by Moving Pillsbury Forward. It is also clearly worth the effort.

Doing nothing is the worst possible outcome. A successful outcome will require significant support from both public and private sources – and the support of the entire Springfield community. Please join us.

  • Press Conference: progress and Budzinski support, June 6, 2:30pm

    Friends, Moving Pillsbury Forward is hosting a press conference with Congresswoman Budzinski Thursday, June 6 at 2:30pm. Please consider coming and showing your support for the Pillsbury Project. We will detail overall project progress, and Congresswoman Budzinski will discuss the tremendous federal efforts to support the project. We see this as a great opportunity to…

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  • $2.6M EPA Cleanup Grant Award

    Friends, A big piece of the Pillsbury Project financial puzzle has come together…Thank you EPA for being such a great partner in our progress! Moving Pillsbury Forward is pleased to announce that the Pillsbury Project has been awarded the full $2,652,300 we applied for through the EPA Brownfield Cleanup Grant Program. With this award we now…

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  • Spring News & Open House

    Friends, We just wanted to share a few items today.   Memorial Day Open House Reminder We are hosting a Memorial Day (5/17) Open House from 9:00 to Noon. The dock area (16ht St. & Phillips Ave.) will be open for viewing of the “Roll Call” wall and a new street art tribute to former Pillsbury workers.…

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“Pillsbury: Past, Present, and Future”

Chris Richmond, retired Fire Marshall in Springfield, IL and creator of the group Moving Pillsbury Forward, gives a PechaKucha presentation on “Pillsbury: Past, Present, and Future” as part of Springfield Inner City Older Neighborhoods’ (ICON) Annual Party Fundraiser 2019.