Last month the City of Chicago Heights took more steps toward creating a big industrial park at 1700 Wentworth Avenue.
This park will start off with an 8,000 square-foot expansion of Funk Linko's current facility. The project is also expected to include the construction of at least two 100,000 square-foot manufacturing centers and a third 60,000 square-foot manufacturing center.
With a preliminary plan in place, courtesy Ginkgo Planning, Mayor David Gonzalez said he hopes the redesigned area will attract manufacturing businesses to Chicago Heights while simultaneously building up a part of the lower east side to be a strong industrial zone.
“There’s a lot of talk that manufacturing has gone overseas, but I see it coming back,” Gonzalez said. "We've already got rails in that area. It's a perfect fit."
Gonzalez said the city is currently working with Ginkgo to create a brochure that will attract industrial businesses to the Heights, but he could use some help from residents.
What should we name this new industrial park? What would speak to the history of Chicago Heights and get the attention of outside businesses?
Comment with your suggestions and the City of Chicago Heights will take your ideas into consideration.