DANVILLE — “2013 could be a huge game changer,” Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said about the year ahead for the city.
The city will see the opening of 300,000 square feet in new retail space, with Kohl’s, Meijer and other stores; more developers are looking at Main Street and other areas of the city; there’s still an opportunity for a casino with a gambling expansion bill; businesses are expanding and investing in the community, such as Watchfire Signs and others; and other city projects continue, such as replacing the Fairchild Subway.
The subway construction won’t be finished until 2014.
“I think there is a different outlook going into 2013,” Eisenhauer said, even with declining property values and tight budgets.
“I think there is a more optimistic outlook …,” he said.
Plans also are proceeding for a new yard waste site and also a new Danville Mass Transit bus transfer zone in the downtown area.
“It’s possible we may see a groundbreaking for the new transfer zone,” Eisenhauer said about 2013, but funding still is needed.
The Main Street widening project is a state project, but residents are looking forward to its finish and further possible development on the city’s east side.
“It opens up that area in a greater way,” Eisenhauer said.
The “temporary inconvenience for the permanent improvement” will be well worth it, he added about the Main Street project.
Also in 2013, city officials will work toward a plan for riverfront development and plans for mixed-income housing to replace Fair Oaks.
Eisenhauer said more movement on the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame Museum at the David S. Palmer Arena also is expected next year. The museum is still in its fundraising stage.
Vermilion County Board
Dealing with the future of several county facilities will be on the agenda for the new county board administration heading into 2013.