Halo Branded Solutions is asking the Sterling Park District to sell it 2.4 acres of nearby Eberley Park so the company can add parking to accommodate its growing work force.
Halo Branded Solutions is asking the Sterling Park District to sell it 2.4 acres of nearby Eberley Park so the company can add parking to accommodate its growing work force.

STERLING – Halo Branded Solutions, which recently completed a 275,000 square-foot expansion in the Meadowlands Business Park, is planning another one, this time for more parking space.

The promotional products distributor wants to buy a 2.4-acre rectangular piece of the 25-acre Eberley Park at 28839 N. Lynn Blvd., across the street from Halo’s 430,000-square-foot compound.

The recent $25 million expansion will accommodate up to 350 new workers. Halo now has about 600 employees in Sterling.

If the sale is approved, parking lot construction would take place “at some point in the future,” said Terry McGuire, Halo’s senior vice president of marketing.

The park board discussed the request in closed session Monday.

Executive Director Larry Schuldt said he will work with Halo to come up with a price to present to the board. If members approve, they then would have to petition the Whiteside County Court to approve the sale, because the park property smaller than 3 acres.

“We’re a long way from signing anything,” Schuldt said.

Money made from a sale would be used to improve Eberley’s 1.5-mile walking trail, which hasn’t had any major improvement in nearly 30 years and would need a minor reroute around the new parking lot.

In addition, the heavily wooded park’s parking lot has drainage problems and the walkway to the trailhead gets muddy, Schuldt said.

Some of that will be rectified with drainage improvements that will come with the planned roundabout at Lynn and LeFevre, which will be built to alleviate traffic congestion created by Halo’s expansion and other growth in the nearby business park.

That $942,000 project is on hold until a nearby Nicor gas line is moved.

Also Monday, the board approved a $82,000 bid t from Twin City Construction of Sterling to add a 15-stall parking lot at Thomas Park that will be accessible at the curve where 12th Avenue meets 25th Street.

The lot will accommodate vehicles for the new dog park that is to be built on the north end of the park, and the new pickleball courts converted last year from the old tennis courts.

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