Thanks to a generous grant from the Marion County Healthcare Foundation, HMRA will be moving forward with Phase I of the Marion Market Place/Plaza very soon! Your HMRA Board is delighted and excited to see this long-awaited project get off the ground. Phase I will include the construction on the 2 lots HMRA owns. Thank you Marion County Healthcare Foundation for believing in this project!
The Historic Marion Revitalization Association hopes to empower residents and business owners with the knowledge, skills, tools and organizational structure necessary to revitalize our downtown, neighborhood commercial district and city into a vibrant center of commerce and community.
HMRA is dedicated to the enhancement and preservation of sustainable growth in Marion’s historic downtown area. A non-profit organization, HMRA was formed in 1995 and still today is committed to sponsoring programs and activities which fulfill the following purposes:
•grow Marion’s business and retail base
•cultivate tourism to revitalize downtown
•support overall city improvement initiatives
•create, manage and support promotional events.
Our current project is the repurposing of two of three lots destroyed by fire in 2011. HMRA envisions this space, Phase I, to be the catalyst to revolutionizing the downtown into what today’s society expects and that is a place that is prosperous and forward thinking in its actions and results!
The renderings show plans for a raised platform stage, green space and places for venders to set up for week-day farmers' markets and for providing entertainment for downtown activities and events. The brick walkway that used to be next to Tio’s Restaurant will be preserved. There will also be several other aesthetically pleasing items placed to improve the look of the lot.
If HMRA is able to obtain an additional adjacent lot, we will add picnic tables with awnings over head and will install a bathroom facility at the back of the property all as part of Phase II.
Location: 229 and 231 North Main Street, Marion
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