Utica’s Market on Mill construction could begin shortly after approving bids in May

‘Things are coming together,’ village engineer says

A new retail store was delivered to the Utica Village Hall on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. Construction will begin on the Market on Mill soon. The 12'x12' with a four-foot porch portable retail stalls will use the area directly north of the 2004 Tornado Memorial downtown Utica where a gravel parking lot exists. A total of 12 retail stalls will be delivered to the Village of Utica in the next few weeks.

Utica is on pace to go out for bids later this month on the Market on Mill, the north-end shopping plaza that will feature portable retail stalls.

Village President David Stewart said the Utica Village Board could approve the bids in May and begin construction on the the northwest corner of Mill and Church streets soon thereafter.

“Things are coming together,” village engineer Kevin Heitz said.

In August 2022, the village was awarded a Rebuild Illinois Downtowns and Main Streets capital grant worth almost $1.25 million to construct the outdoor retail plaza.

Finally, work on the water tower is scheduled to begin July 18 and conclude no later than Aug. 21. Stewart said residents and business owners should not have any problems with water pressure or particulate matter.

“There shouldn’t be any disruption in service,” Stewart said.

In other matters, the board:

  • approved a vendor permit for August Hill Winery for the June 22 Wine Club event.
  • approved a road closure for the Sept. 28 Octoberfest.
  • approved a May 19 car show by the La Salle County Cruisers Inc.
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