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A project decades in the making, the City of Marion and design consultant RDG Planning + Design are ready to share the plans for the 7th Avenue Reconstruction and Streetscape Project in Uptown Marion. An online presentation and input session are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 14 from 5:30-7 p.m. via Zoom. A link to access the meeting will be posted at

“Marion is fortunate to be among the fastest growing cities in the state. While the rate of development can present unique challenges, it is important for us as City leaders to balance the maintenance and upkeep of what is already existing while being visionary and forward-thinking to position our community for future success,” said Marion Mayor Nicolas AbouAssaly. “This is a project that is able to accomplish both.”

Building/business owners and community members are invited to participate and learn about the project scope and phasing for the reconstruction of nine City blocks in Uptown Marion. Participants will also have an opportunity to provide valuable feedback related to design elements and other amenities being proposed mindful of the historic nature of the district.

With the final segment of 6th Avenue to be constructed in the spring of 2021, the focus will now turn to a complete reconstruction of 7th Avenue and adjacent side streets between 8th and 12th Streets and 6th and 8th Avenues in the heart of the historic central business district. It also includes the addition of a plaza on 11th Street that stretches from the Uptown Artway south across 7th Avenue.

“This project replaces underground infrastructure that is over 100 years old, improves walkability, accessibility and overall safety,” said Community Development Director Tom Treharne. “It also enhances our City’s core making it attractive to potential businesses, visitors and residents.”

Initial estimates show a total project cost of $6.5 million. This includes complete reconstruction of 7th Avenue and adjacent streets, along with the replacement of underground utilities, sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water main as well as construction of the north plaza.

Individual follow-up meetings will be scheduled with adjacent property owners to more specifically discuss plans for phasing and construction implications.

Engage in the process and learn more about the project at

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