Belvidere Container Park could come as soon as summer 2020

BELVIDERE, Ill. (WIFR) -- On the corner of Main and Pleasant street, sits an old salvage yard, it's owner, CCSIP Properties is ready to give it life.

"A container park, a park that would essentially benefit the area, the region," says CCSIP executive director Heather Steines.

Metal shipping containers will be repurposed to create a unique entertainment space in the mural city.

"Restrooms. a venue space. a pavilion and entertainment space, all those sorts of things all in one complex," says Steines.

Not only will It be a new venue, city leader believe it will also have enormous impact on small businesses looking for a start.

"We see it almost as a small business incubator at the same time and that's pretty exciting concept for us," says City of Belvidere community development planner Gina DelRose.

The proposed project will also help the resurgence of the downtown area.

"It's one more thing that we can do to make downtown Belvidere an inviting place," says Belvidere mayor Mike Chamberlain.

But, not everyone seems to be onboard.

"I've had an ex-alderman who came in and said well it's going to look like we're building a village of homeless people," says Chamberlain.

Developers emphasize that the idea is to utilize the old and mix it with innovation.

"What we hope to do is incorporate some of those existing walls, so some of the aesthetics will still exists but then transforming them to speak volumes to the history of the property," says Steines.

The planning and zoning committees have approved the proposed container park. The full council is expected to vote in it next month.