LARGE DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT FOR CITY OF VANDALIA
The Vandalia City Council held a special meeting Monday night to enter into a development agreement with Motown Technology and Sports Facility Inc. of Michigan. The agreement is to construct a two million square feet sports, recreation and retail facility. The development would include a 9,000 seat arena, restaurants, I-Max theater, 300 room hotel, sports facilities and retail shopping. According to the City of Vandalia, the project would invest an excess of $300 million and provide 900 full time jobs to the region along with 2,000 construction jobs. When a financing commitment is received, the city will establish a 1% business district sales tax, special service area tax and rebate a portion of the city sales tax generated at the facility, which will allow for a return of $98.5 million in incentives, based on future revenue streams generated by the project. The facility will be located off I-70 on 150 acres, and construction could begin as early as spring 2010.
Provided by Prime Design Systems, Inc., prepared by Architectural Illusions, L.LC.
SORENTO MAN CHARGED
A Sorento man was charged Monday in Madison County Circuit Court with driving while license revoked. Kerry L. Birchmier, age 47, was traveling westbound on Chain of Rocks Road when a Madison County Deputy followed him. Without being signaled to stop, Birchmier pulled over to the side of the road. The deputy then arrested him for alleged driving while license revoked. Birchmier has previous convictions for DUI and driving while license revoked. His bond was set at $10,000.