Springfield group proposes $12 million plan to demolish Pillsbury Mills plant

“At this point in time, the Pillsbury facility is a blight in the community,” [Moving Pillsbury Forward Founder Chris Richmond] said.

Richmond expressed how he wants to see the buildings demolished and the area revitalized. He and members of the community group “Moving Pillsbury Forward” suggested the city should take the property from its private owners. They believe the cleanup, demolition and redevelopment is worth $12 million. One city leader described the effort as a ‘financial nightmare’.

MPF said the city could have an opportunity to apply for federal and state money if it took over the property. City leaders didn’t make a vote, but Richmond expressed confidence.

He said “if the city can spend $7 million supporting community health through the YMCA”, then $12 million is equally reasonable.

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