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KENOSHA, WI-Grand Rapids, MI-based Gordon Food Service recently bought two land sites here on former agricultural property with plans to build a 575,000-sf freezer/cooler and dry storage distribution facility on the site. Sources say the property sale and construction will cost about $50 million.

The property had been annexed by Kenosha from the adjacent community of Somers. Kenosha changed the zoning from farmland to industrial property, and is funding the infrastructure improvements to the site.

Chuck King with Grubb & Ellis says ground will be broken on the site on Friday. He was joined by Matt Mulvihill, Frank Griffin and Dominic Carbonari in representing the tenant in the deal. “Gordon wants to use this property as its primary service site to the Chicago market,” King tells GlobeSt.com. The property will also help the company serve the Wisconsin market, the firm says. The development will be the company’s 10th distribution center in the US and its first in the state.

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle’s office is providing a $1 million loan to support the project. “We have grown Wisconsin by making it the premier place in the world for manufacturers, agricultural producers and new economy businesses looking to start or expand their operations,” he said in a statement.

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