At the Vermilion City Council Meeting on Monday, August 3, 2020, Mayor Forthofer stated a new development on Liberty East is planned, Tradesmen Park.
“Most of Vermilion's business growth will be home grown,” stated the mayor. “Our seasonal demographics are just not attractive to the big retail chains. Tradesman Park is something I believe our community needs badly. A business incubator for tradesmen.”
“Tradesmen Park can help keep entrepreneur's here in Vermilion as they grow,” said Mayor Forthofer. “Mike Lazusky, owner of Vermilion Mill works and Cleveland Cutting Board, as well as a City employee, has purchased 5 acres on East Liberty with his four partners. Tradesman Park will help small business people who have a toe hold in business but want to grow into the next step. Modest size space will be available from 1,500 square feet and up. It is for a tradesman who has outgrown their garage but are not ready for the 10,000 sq. ft. building.”
Tradesmen Park will be at the east end of town on the north side of Liberty, a little east of the Citgo Station. It is zoned Highway Commercial.
“I am happy to see another development on Liberty's east end,” stated the mayor. “The City will be doing whatever we can to help the developers launch this business incubator.”