O’FALLON, Ill. — The O’Fallon City Council recently voted to approve the first phase of Destination O’Fallon, which includes a number of projects and community-wide investments aimed at making O’Fallon a destination for businesses, families and visitors.
Two of the largest projects will include a state-of-the-art multi-sports complex in the O’Fallon Family Sports Park and a new multi-purpose community plaza in the heart of the historic O’Fallon Downtown.
“Destination O’Fallon builds on the investment that is being made in our city by private businesses such as the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Visionary Wealth Advisors, Reliance Bank, Gander Mountain, McKendree Metro Rec Plex, Academy Sports, and many others over the last three years,” said Mayor Gary Graham. “In 2017, O’Fallon is poised to have an influx of over 250,000 visitors as the new hospital opens and more businesses begin construction.”
Graham noted that an ownership group from Missouri recently announced plans to bring a Major League Soccer team and stadium to St. Louis.
“The overwhelming support and approval of the multi-sports complex in the O’Fallon Family Sports Park by the City Council is cementing O’Fallon’s leadership in the region as a premier sports destination,” he said.
The next phase of Destination O’Fallon will be the design and construction of the projects listed in Destination O’Fallon. O’Fallon residents and businesses will provide input to the O’Fallon City Council on the design of the projects and policies.
“Destination O’Fallon is a new economic development initiative that is an investment in the O’Fallon Community,” said Mayor Graham. “It will create an iconic community plaza in Downtown O’Fallon, benefit our businesses, spur economic growth, support the youth and families of our community and connect our downtown with the new development in the Green Mount Business and Medical Corridor and the Family Sports Park in a truly positive and innovative way.”
Destination O’Fallon also aims to transform an underutilized parking lot at the corner of First Street and Vine Street into an attractive, multi-purpose gathering space and overflow parking area. It aims to create an iconic plaza in the heart of the historic O’Fallon Downtown that can host farmers’ markets, parades, seasonal festivals, and much more.
A 4 percent increase in the O’Fallon Hotel/Motel Tax will help fund Destination O’Fallon, he said.
Residents can visit www.destinationofallon.org to learn more about the projects and the benefits to the O’Fallon Community, as well as frequently asked questions.
— From the Illinois Business Journal