by: Munashe Kwangwari
PONTIAC, Ill. — More jobs will be coming to Pontiac thanks to a new development set to break ground next month.
The city is located just off route 66 and is hoping to become a respite for travelers.
A member of the Wally’s family proposed building a $16 million, 19 acre “car-stop”.
Wally’s is an enhanced travel center where route 66 travelers can not only fill up their car, but also, go inside and shop.
City leaders say on top of adding about 140 jobs this new facility will prevent them from raising real estate taxes.
“That’s one of our biggest hindrances for businesses here in Illinois is high taxes,” said Mayor Bob Russell of Pontiac. “This will have about 95-98% of people get off the highway to spend money in our city. We are generating revenues, not only for the city but all of our schools in Livingston county.”
Russell says construction is expected to begin sometime next month. Leaders are hoping the facility will be up and running by 2020.
The car stop is not available to semis.