Marion Council Moves to Improve, Develop Downtown

February 9, 2017

From recruiting a new movie theater to building public restrooms, the Marion City Council took additional steps Tuesday to further improve and develop the downtown. City officials also made rules more flexible for sidewalk cafes. At Tuesday’s meeting, the City Council held a public hearing about an ordinance to extend Marion’s Downtown Municipal Service District (MSD) to include the former West Rock property along West Henderson and Burgin streets. This large commercial building, which was on the real estate market for a long time, is now owned by Gurley Storage, LLC. City Manager Bob Boyette said council first established the district in 1989 to include most of the commercial downtown area. It was done as a way to raise revenue to support downtown development.


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