Mayor Bob O’Dekirk said construction could start this year for the 265-acre Rock Run Crossings project, which is designed to bring new stores, restaurants, entertainment venues and hotels to an area at the crossing of Interstates 55 and 80.
The first openings at Rock Run Crossings are slated for fall 2020, O’Dekirk said.
“That’s the hope. They’re definitely pushing hard for that,” O’Dekirk said Monday.
A spokesperson for Cullinan Properties, the East Peoria-based developer for the project, could not be reached to comment on the development schedule.
The Cullinan website does not list a prospective construction or opening date for Rock Run Crossings.
The project depends on I-55 access, and there are plans to expand the Route 59 interchange to provide interstate access to the northeast corner of the interstate crossing where Rock Run would be built.
The state has not announced a construction timetable but made a commitment in May to pay for phase two engineering for the project. East-west roads also would be extended to provide access to Houbolt Road.
“There are a lot of moving pieces, and a lot of things have to be lined up,” O’Dekirk said.
The project received new incentives this month when the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity certified a change in boundaries for the Des Plaines River Valley Enterprise Zone to include Rock Run Crossings.
O’Dekirk’s office on Friday issued an announcement of the enterprise zone approval for both Rock Run Crossings and Ecolab, which is expanding production at its Joliet plant, that included a reference to Rock Run construction starting this year and the first openings in 2020.
Cullinan plans a shopping center that would include restaurants, a movie theater and other entertainment venues that the company has said would offer a destination point that could thrive despite the impact online retailing has had on business elsewhere.