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Now that trustees in both Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant have approved a deal that moves village boundaries, the way is cleared for development and the potential jobs that go with it. Mount Pleasant Monday and Sturtevant last week approved ordinances that transfer 66 acres of land from Mount Pleasant into Sturtevant in exchange for sewer and water extensions to the former Fonk farm next to UNFI on Durand Avenue. Sturtevant officials and Ashley Capital are moving closer to a developer’s agreement, and Planning Commission members Thursday are expected to approve final plans for both a new business park and the first building there. The new park is plotted for land just west of the Renaissance Business park, at the northwest corner of Highway H and Durand Avenue. Village President Steve Jansen confirmed the first of three buildings in the new business park will be 374,000 square feet, and construction is expected to begin next spring. “Work will most likely get under way as soon as it feels like spring,” he said. “There will be grading and infrastructure like a road and then Ashley will start on the building.” While a tenant hasn’t yet been secured, Jansen said representatives from Ashley Capital are aggressively marketing the site. Local businessman Ray Leffler is working to bring a developer to the former Fonk farm which lies next door to the UNFI building on Durand Avenue. Approval from both village boards allows Leffler to fully pursue a deal with prospects he told Racine County Eye previously went elsewhere because of the lack of sewer and water.

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