SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — The University of Illinois Springfield may soon have a presence downtown on the Y-Block.
It's the first move we're seeing there in nearly two years.
They are hoping the university will have a positive impact on the economic development in the community and that by putting a building there, it will look to create a positive impact.
This idea was brought up in front of the city council Tuesday night and will likely be heard again at next week's Committee of the Whole.
Mayor Langfelder said whatever goes on this land needs to help all of downtown.
"You can't just look at the block itself. It's really, how's that one piece impact other pieces downtown and it all comes down to financial resources and that's one of the key components - what's in the best interest for that area but also how's that a domino impact on the block surrounding it," said Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder.
UIS also said in its statement that one of its goals, if the building is approved, is to collaborate with community partners, such as the SIU School of Medicine.