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Past Year and Future Projects Take Center Stage at Ottawa State of the City

Posted by wlpo on November 10, 2016

Festivities Unlimited was the scene Thursday morning for the annual update on the progress of one city in the Illinois Valley.

Mayor Bob Eschbach delivered his State of the City Address, where he laid out a number of successes the city had in 2016, and what’s in store for the future. On the business side, he laid out a “three-pronged approach” for growth involving the Ottawa Industrial park, retail and hospitality growth on the city’s north side, and growth in Downtown and the Waterfront.

He went on to say the number and attendance of the city’s festivals continues growing. That growth includes the Chris Kringle Market which will be a part of the city’s Ice Odyssey next month.

The big upcoming project mentioned by Eschbach is the Route 23 Pedestrian Bridge over I-80. While the city has received a $2 million grant for the project, Eschbach says construction isn’t expected until 2019.

Finally, the mayor addressed the issue of a stalemate with the Reddick Mansion Association. Eschbach said city and the group that maintains the historic building have been unable to come to terms on a lease as of the speech. He did, however, say negotiations are ongoing.

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