MARION, IL — On Monday evening, June 14, 2021 at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center, the City Council met for a regular meeting and conducted their normal business. At the conclusion of the regular meeting, Mayor Mike Absher introduced each member of the Council who gave an update of their department including what they have accomplished during the last two years and developments they expect in the next two years.
Mayor Absher then spoke on his departments and gave exciting updates including walkthrough renderings of the new Marion City Hall to be located in the First Southern Bank building on the Square. He also shared renderings of the downtown renovations featuring fountains, an ice-skating rink, new businesses and more. To conclude his presentation, Mayor Absher revealed concepts of developments at the old Illinois Centre Mall complex and surrounding area. The renderings revealed a renovation of the current mall building to include entertainment offerings such as indoor sky diving, a rock wall, and go karts. The renderings also showed a driving range entertainment concept called Oasis Golf, a soccer field complex featuring multiple fields, an ATV test track, and RV campground.
Mayor Absher said, “When I ran for Mayor, I introduced our community to the idea that we needed someone to reimagine the mall. We are so thankful to Rodney Cabaness and his team that have worked so hard to imagine what that property could be. While these renderings remain concepts, I am confident they will see this project through to completion and it will become its namesake, a true Oasis.”
After the Mayor and Council finished their updates, they took questions from the public before adjourning the meeting. A recording of the meeting will be made available on the City’s YouTube page in the coming days and can be found by searching “City of Marion Illinois” in the search bar. A copy of the presentation will be available at City Hall and on the City’s website at cityofmarionil.gov.