Carbondale to receive more than $2 million grant for downtown entertainment, events plaza
CARBONDALE, Ill. (KBSI) – The City of Carbondale was selected to receive a $2,055,040 grant to help construct the Downtown Entertainment & Events Plaza at the Washington Street Venue.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) awarded $106 million in capital grants to 50 commercial corridors and main streets throughout Illinois. That represents the largest-ever Rebuild Illinois (RBI) Downtowns and Main Streets Capital program investment focused on community revitalization.
The Downtown Entertainment & Events Plaza will feature a permanent stage that will enable the city to host more concerts and live entertainment while improving the experience for performers and attendees. This venue will increase activity in Carbondale’s new downtown entertainment district and attract thousands of visitors across southern Illinois.
The future plaza will be surrounded by restaurants, bars, parking, a hotel, and the future Southern Illinois Multi-Modal Station, according to Steven Mitchell, Economic Development Director.
The RBI Downtowns and Main Streets Capital Program is designed to support local commercial corridors, with concentrations of businesses that experienced difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic due to declining foot traffic, tourism, and business from downtown offices, according to the city. The program drives investment in infrastructure and public amenities that fuel economic activity as more people visit local town centers.