Sauk Valley Development Efforts Advance in 2022 – Shaw Local

It has been a great year for advancing development projects in the Sauk Valley.

Here is a list of some of the major events that happened in 2022 in the region.

Dixon Bridge Project

City officials and developers have made progress on the Gateway project, which began in April.

The project will develop 27 acres in the Interstate 88 corridor to bring a new hotel, gas station, restaurants and stores along South Galena Avenue across from Walmart between Keul and Bloody Gulch roads. The plans call for the construction of a dozen buildings.

It is developed by Xsite Real Estate of Burr Ridge and Walsh Partners of Elmhurst. Xsite is the developer of Presidential Parkway Plaza, the four building project north of Walmart along the south side of Keul Road. The city, the Lee County Industrial Development Association and the Sauk Valley Bank are partners in the project.

The city will commit approximately $4 million in infrastructure work for the project, of which $3 million will be paid for through grants. The project has been in the works for more than three years after working with developers, landowners, and state and local government officials.

Gateway is expected to create more than 600 jobs and generate $1 million a year in new tax revenue.

Ease

The District of Dixon Park has completed construction of a “phase one” community center in Meadows Park.

Dubbed “The Facility,” the $3 million building located at 1312 Washington Ave. opened in August.

It houses two basketball courts with two automated volleyball nets and two batting cages, as well as a community hall with a gaming system, an outdoor patio, and the district administrative offices.

The district has also developed new youth programs for the center.

The district issued $2 million in general bonds to help fund a Phase 1 facility to meet basic community needs that can be expanded in the future. The Dixon City Council approved the donation of $700,000 for the project.

Revitalisation du centre commercial Northland

The 1973 vintage mall at 2900 E. Lincolnway in Sterling was at 30% capacity when Brookwood Capital Advisors bought it in late January for $1.7 million.

Four months later, thanks to Brookwood’s model of providing six months free rent, 100% of the spaces were occupied or ready to be occupied, with ironclad leases signed in hand.

New local businesses include boutiques, an arcade, a toy store, a coffee bar, clothing stores and a vintage resale store.

National retailers Hobby Lobby signed a 10-year lease and are set to open in January in Bergner’s former West End space, and Indiana-based Midwest Furniture recently opened Illinois Furniture and More in the former JCPenney anchorage location to the east.

Ross Dress for Less, TJ Maxx and Big Lots have also signed non-binding letters of intent to join the mall lineup, Brookwood founder Ben Hamd said in May. Famous Footwear, which always stands with a TJ Maxx, would also come.

Cars are parked Wednesday in the parking lot outside the south entrance to the Northland Mall in Sterling.

The Sterling River waterfront comes to life

The Town of Sterling is making progress with the long-term goal of bringing the riverfront to life.

The city has worked to coordinate millions of dollars in local, grant and private funds for the environmental cleanup along the river.

This year Stanley Black & Decker completed underground remediation of the national site, the city cleaned up an underground reservoir as well as cleaned up and demolished the old national sewage treatment plant on the riverfront. The city has also rehabilitated the former National Training Building to support future uses in the park area.

The Riverfront Commission was also formed to realize the future vision of the waterfront.

The Sterling Riverfront Commission is seeking public input on ideas to revitalize the National and Lawrence Brothers buildings.

Parc RB&W

The Rock Falls City Council is spending $250,000 of U.S. federal Bailout Act funds to build a toilet, which has been on the riverfront to-do list since development began in 2015 and will likely total around $500,000.

The toilets are “a huge undertaking with limited funds, and we thought it would be a good use of ARPA funds,” Alderman Gabriella McKanna said in September.

The waterfront park has been growing for years, including an impressive array of events from musical acts to food truck Fridays, as well as the Sculpture Walk.

The next project will be a water feature for the park.

Drummer Josh Duffee lights it up on drums while playing Louie Bellson's most famous song

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