CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- Some say it's a win-win-win; a win for the city, a win for the Illinois Terminal and a win for developers. But, could another win be added for the University of Illinois? A major project scheduled to place is not only moving locations, but possibly adding investors.
City leaders are working with a developer to construct a hotel and they're reaching out to the UI to see if it wants to build a hockey arena should it choose to add a D1 hockey team. There's no timeline yet, but a developer is looking to clear buildings from Lincoln potentially all the way to Neil Street.
Original: 6:50 am, 7/18/17, Tuesday
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- A major downtown project is moving forward and merging with another. Developer Hans Grotelueschen’s major downtown project, once sited at Washington and Walnut streets, will move several blocks south and east to merge with a planned expansion of Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District’s Illinois Terminal.
As part of a new vision for this development, Grotelueschen and MTD officials are also evaluating a hockey arena and athletics event center for approximately 5,000 spectators. In so doing, they hope to partner with the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, which recently announced that it was studying the feasibility of adding Division I ice hockey.
The project will be immediately accessible by bus, train, bicyclists and pedestrians. The Champaign City Council is scheduled to conduct a study session for this development on August 22.
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