State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) and State Rep. Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) announced March 14 that the site of the state-owned Eagle Creek Resort in Shelby County is now officially open for vendors to submit a development proposal to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
The resort closed in 2009 due to financial problems and environmental issues, and has since sat vacant.
Officially called a Request for Proposal, registered vendors with the state have from now until near the end of near April to submit their plans for how they would develop the site on Lake Shelbyville.
“All we’ve asked for is a good old-fashioned college try to see if there is legitimate interest in redeveloping this property,” Rose said. “It’s my hope someone with an excellent vision and plan comes forward, and we can one day return Eagle Creek Resort to the crown jewel it once was for the region.”
“This has been a top priority of mine, Sen. Rose, and local officials for years.” Halbrook said. “I am excited about the prospects for the redevelopment of this beautiful piece of property on Lake Shelbyville. I am hopeful a resort at Eagle Creek can return, which will not only provide a spectacular destination for visitors from across the country, but also a much-needed boost for the local economy.”
The current Eagle Creek procurement represents a solicitation for private development, and no public funds would be used in redeveloping Eagle Creek.