Freeport - Construction crews have been on hand at Mill Race Crossing, building a medical marijuana cultivation center. The facility will be run by Ottawa Company In Grown Farms, LLC.
Currently a 2,800 square foot building is being built, and once that is complete, they will work on building the larger facility which is 80,000 square foot. They hope to have the small building done soon.
A spokesperson for In-Grown Farms, Emily Wilcox, explains, “We hope to have operational in June, but that's up to the State. The State has to license us to begin grow operations, or see if they're ready for us to begin grow operations. So (the state would) have to come out and do an inspection.”
Stephenson County pushed hard to get medical marijuana grow site. Now that they have it, they're looking to bring more businesses to Mill Race Crossing. The County’s planning and development department just approved turning the gravel land at Mill Race Crossing into black top. They also have more in store for the land.
Stephenson County chairman William Hadley says, "There's (going to) be gas that will eventually run in there. Comcast is running I-fiber into there."
The county plans to hire locally once the facility is functional. They expect to hire 25 employees.
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