City to issue RFP for Garver Feed Mill site

City officials are hoping an improved economy will attract new and exciting proposals for the five-acre Garver Feed Mill site just north of Olbrich Park. The 60,000-square-foot brick structure, a former sugar beet processing plant, has been vacant for years and is in need of significant rehabilitation. Earlier plans from Common Wealth Development to develop the site were abandoned when the economy took a hit several years ago. Now, the city is exploring options once again and is hoping that a developer will take on the project.

Mayor Paul Soglin has included up to $1.825 million in his 2015 budget to assist in the building’s rehabilitation. The developer would get the building free of charge but would have to pay rent for the land it’s on. The city will offer tours of the site on Nov. 4, with applications for a request for proposals due by Dec. 21.