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The "Little Property" that Could — A Story of Persistence in Redevelopment

The city of Mendota, located in north central Illinois, has a population of just over 7,000. Their motto is the "World's Greatest Little City." Although small in population, they have been very aggressive in their efforts to develop the land in and around the city limits. One such parcel of land where a gas station once sat has been a part of the redevelopment process for almost 15 years. The former gas station located in a high traffic area in Mendota is at the heart of this story. During its heyday from the 1950s to the 1980s, it served as a service station providing fuel and service for numerous cars heading east and west through north central Illinois. Our story begins more than 20 years after closing and focuses on creative funding, redevelopment, and the importance of a champion for the cause. In 2016, Mendota approached Fehr Graham, a regional…Log In to Read Full Article

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