Illinois DCFS moving to new, donated $4.5 million building in Marion

by WFCN News | 1/4/22 | 4:12 p.m.

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY - The State of Illinois has received a donation of an office building in Marion that will house the facility for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

The property, located at 912 Pentecost Road, is from a limited liability company managed by Bob Blettner of the Blettner Group.

“Thanks to the generosity of Bob Blettner and the Blettner Group, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is getting a new home in Marion—providing DCFS staff with a modernized facility and streamlined operations,” said Governor JB Pritzker.

The office building property, valued and recently appraised at $4.5 million, is approximately 51,000 square feet, and can accommodate 400 employees.

It is a Class A office building in move-in condition, with many well-furnished areas, smart digital controls, energy efficient HVAC and lighting, a backup generator, and the latest fiber optic service.

“This acquisition will further allow DCFS staff to do the work that matters most: helping the children and families of Illinois thrive. My administration has prioritized maintaining a real estate portfolio that is efficient, sustainable, and cost-conscious—and this new office building furthers those efforts.”

The receipt of this property will allow the State the opportunity to provide upgraded facilities for the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and one or more other State agencies.

Currently, DCFS has two facilities in the Marion area, and the donated property will offer much improved space that will provide considerable operational savings and efficiencies. In addition, CMS will seek to consolidate additional leases in the area resulting in a potential annual savings of up to $1 million.

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