Quinn at North Central College

The state will be awarding a $1.1 million grant to North Central College and the city to help fund a one acre expansion to the Riverwalk.

The money will go toward revamping the space at 430 S. Washington, which had cluttered up the landscape for decades.

“We really believe in North Central Sollege, it’s a great school and the Riverwalk is a great great institution and it is special for families, it’s special for visitors, it’s special for everybody,” said Governor Pat Quinn.

The area, now named “The North Central College Washington Street Park” will include a plaza, sculpture, sign, and pathway.

“This was an eyesore for a long time and about four years ago we heard lots and lots of complaints from the residents about how unsightly it was, so it’s a great improvement. A nice link and a good way to get some contribution from the state for all of the tax money that Naperville people sent to Springfield,” said Judith brodhead a Naperville Councilwoman and teacher at N.C.C.

The project is set to break ground in Spring of 2015 and work will be done throughout the summer.

Governor Quinn also announced that north central will receive an additional $1.4 million grant for capital improvements to the college.

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