Who We Are

Moving Pillsbury Forward is a group of community volunteers with the objective of providing leadership and support in redevelopment of the Pillsbury property for the health of the Pillsbury neighborhood and the overall well-being of the greater Springfield, Illinois community.


Site Background

The Old Pillsbury plant at 15th and East Phillips Street has been vacant since 2001. From 2008 to 2014 the plant was sold for scrap. Two separate scrap/demolition companies removed large amounts of equipment and began an urban mining operation to harvest the abundance of valuable metals at the site.

In October of 2014 the scrap operation was caught cutting corners and not following prescribed laws related to asbestos removal. The Illinois EPA became involved and documented serious violations. The site was sealed, the USEPA investigated, and eventually the site was largely cleared of hazardous materials by the USEPA (January 2017 to October 2017).


Current Status

Today the site is basically abandoned. Taxes have not been paid by the owners of record. The owners have not paid the approximately $2 million lien on the property from the cleanup.  Local leaders want to see the old 18-acre site fully demolished, but the path forward to accomplish this is not clear. The city does not have a planner on staff to coordinate a complex project.


Work with all stakeholders to provide for site safety and security within four months. Work to have the city legally acquire the three boulevard parcels on 15th Street within the next six months. Work to provide a reasonable and workable redevelopment plan for the elected officials to consider within six  months. 

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It always seems impossible until it's done.

Nelson Mandela

Last Updated December 13, 2019

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