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Carlinville School District to hold open house for Aladdin property

The Carlinville Community Unit School District #1 was gifted by the Eschbacher Family 21 acres and buildings formerly known as Carlinville Aladdin Steel. The Carlinville Board of Education is interested in utilizing the gift to enhance the schools and/or community.

The school district is being very intentional and thoughtful in the development process. We want the end result to grow the school and entire community/county. As part of the process, the school board has hired a consultant to review documents, gain stakeholder input, work with community partners and engage governmental agencies. In addition, they will also look at potential economic or community development, and provide an executive summary of findings that includes potential redevelopment, alternative uses, and feasibility related to those recommendations.

We know that the public has an interest in the property and may also want to provide some input. It is also hard to understand the condition and scale of the facilities without viewing them. Therefore, Carlinville CUSD#1 will be hosting an open house/tour of the facility to the general public on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024 from 1 to 3 p.m. Those attending the tour should park at the high school parking lot on the west side of the gymnasium. We will run a shuttle throughout the time from the high school gymnasium parking lot to the Aladdin property and back. Space and access for parking is limited; therefore, individuals wanting to tour the facility will not be allowed to drive to the property and must park at the high school.

The facility is industrial and not completely ADA accessible. If you need assistance contact the school so that arrangements can be made prior to the event at 217-854-9823 or schuchmb@cusd1.com. Those viewing should wear proper clothing including proper shoes (closed toe). The tour will be a walking tour. The facilities are not heated, they have some uneven surfaces and the accessible restroom is at the High School. This is not an activity designed for children to attend. Therefore, any child must be very closely supervised by the parent. We do not want anyone running around, picking something up or getting injured. We will take people on the tour in groups through the facilities and answer any questions we can with regards to the property/facility. Attendees will be provided a form that allows for input that day. The School District has been entrusted with the very generous gift. We understand that many people want an immediate plan for the property. Ensuring the development of this property can be sustained, addresses a need, and adds a benefit to our community and schools is our focus. This takes time, information, analysis, input and assistance. It is going to be a process.