MARION, IL (KFVS) - The promise of thousands of new jobs and hundreds of million dollars flowing into southern Illinois is still a project in the works.
The Star Bond initiative was approved in October 2011. The plan is to bring a destination development to the City of Marion.
The project is slated to be built on 400 acres along Interstate 57, just across the way from where Rent One Park is located.
So far all there has been done to the area is some infrastructure work and advertisement signs erected to potential investors.
"There are people looking at it and things are looking better," said George Trammell, President & CEO of Marion Chamber of Commerce. "You can see all that area around there that is beginning to develop. So people are starting to look at investing, taking that leap and getting out there. We just don't have that first one signed yet. But I have confidence that we will."
The project has many people in the area optimistic about things to come.
"It seems like that's why they built the third lane on Illinois Route 13 here in Marion," said Brian Crabb. "And it seems like it would bring in an infusion of employment and revenue to this area."
The Holland Construction company is overseeing development of the project. They're hired The Rhine Group to market the area to potential investors.
"They've been here and had some meetings with local people to see what they'd like to have come to the area," said Trammell. "They want to bring things to the area and project that people will enjoy and support."