Spring News & Open House


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. Many families with connections to Pillsbury have expressed an interest. We hope this gives everyone a chance to gather and reconnect with friends. Hope to see you there.

Recycling of Bricks

The total ended up being over 500 tons! This past month we connected with a brick recycler who brought in a crew and harvest brick from the remains of Warehouses #4 and #5. Over 20 semi-truck loads of brick left the site and will be used in new construction in the coming months. Here are the numbers: 600 stacked bricks per pallet. 332 full pallets of bricks. 199,200 total bricks!
Each pallet weighed approximately 3,075 pounds. 1,020,900 total pounds! And…at no cost to us…wonderful. 

Metal Recycling

Volunteers have hand-loaded and recycled nearly 50 tons of loose metal from the site since January 1st. Yah…that’s a lot of metal…about twelve 20-yard dumpsters full. This was our on-site volunteer focus for the past four months. A huge effort completed by some wonderful volunteers – thank you! 

Pillsbury Neighborhood Spring Clean Up

A big success. Thank You! Volunteer Med Students from SIU teamed up with Pillsbury Neighborhood volunteers to do a Spring clean up in the 55-block neighborhood on May 3rd. The effort collected over 50 pieces of junk furniture, 30 televisions, 75 used tires, and filled a 30-yard dumpster of collected litter by the end of the day. Special thanks to our Neighborhood Police Officers for participating and to Public Works for efficiently hauling the junk away!

Feral Cat Population Management

We partnered with APL in February and March to address our feral cat challenge at Pillsbury. Over the course of a few weeks, Larry the Cat Wrangler was successful in trapping several feral cats. Each cat was spayed or neutered then released back to the property. Thanks APL for providing such a great service to our community!

April Historic Tours

What a great turnout! We had good weather both Saturdays in April. Nearly 600 people took one of our four tours. We heard several new stories and had a generally great time. Pillsbury truly was a special part of our community.

Thanks for being a part of this important community project.

~ Team Pillsbury