September 23, 2021

Growing again: Business development is kicking back up in Marion | Local News

Clarida gave an update on several other projects underway in Marion.

Construction is under way on property west and slightly south of Sam’s Club. The work is preparing the property for business development. The contractor is clearing trees, running water and sewer lines and completing other infrastructure projects. A stoplight has been installed and roadways completed to extend the road from O’Charley’s to the other side of Illinois 13.

“It’s a couple months away from completion. It will be a nice site,” Clarida said.

A piece of property just west of Steak and Shake along Illinois 13 has been leveled and prepared for commercial business. Popeye’s Chicken has a contract for one of the two lots on the site. Clarida said a buyer for the second site is negotiating, but he could not divulge any details.

Black Diamond Harley-Davidson has purchased the Marion Mall and Kokopelli Golf Course. Clarida said they are working on development plans for the properties.

Love’s Truck Stops is paving a 700-foot roadway from Morgan Avenue to its new location, near the Hill in Marion. When completed, the truck stop will have 120 spaces for semi and tractor-trailer trucks, a tire repair shop, store, restaurant, and 12 island gas station for trucks.

“They plan to have a grand opening in mid to late November,” Clarida said.

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