Mark it down.
It could be a really big year for the City of Maryville.
The important word in that assumption, like any assumption, is “could,” but the odds seem to weigh heavily in favor of its becoming reality within the remaining 11 months of this year.
The excitement is building, and it would appear to be increasing with each passing day — each new announcement.
Just look around at what is already in the works, what we pretty well know will become realities before this year’s conclusion:
• The city will turn the switch on its new $13-plus million sewage treatment facility located just east of the One Hundred and Two River.
• There will be a new thoroughfare connecting Downtown Maryville with Northwest Missouri State University when the Fourth Street Corridor is completed.
• Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., Maryville’s largest employer, will expand its current facility to the tune of some $25 million, creating as many as 30 new jobs.
• Maryville East Side Development is preparing to open its new car wash at the First Street-Hwy. 71/136 intersection. It is the first of several new businesses slated to open in the development — including a new Casey’s truck stop, two new restaurants, and a new facility to accommodate Lettuce Dream.
• Tri-State Ford is dramatically expanding its sales facility on South Main Street.
• The $6 million Oak Pointe Assisted Living & Memory Care facility on South Country Club Road will begin accepting residents into its state-of-the-art facility developed by ClearPath Senior Holdings of St. Louis. As many as 40 new jobs are anticipated with that opening.
• Wells Bank, headquartered in Platte City, is coming to Maryville. Its plans are to build on a site just north of Kawasaki on South Main Street.
• Maryville’s AT&T store will relocate into its new building at the southeast corner of South Main and South Avenue.
• The Tom Watson-designed youth golf course will open at Mozingo Lake Recreation Park, where a new guest cabin will be built, among other improvements included in the park’s updated master plan.
• The city’s comprehensive trail plan is moving nearer to completion, as is a similar program to expand walking trails at Mozingo Lake.
And those are just the projects that can be classified as “solid.”
Discussions continue to move forward related to building a conference center and accompanying lodge at Mozingo Lake. The proposed project would include a restaurant and an expanded clubhouse/pro shop for the golf course.
Developers speak of the location of the new Wells Bank on South Main as “just the beginning” of the anticipated development at that site. Without official confirmation, there is talk of an additional restaurant and a motel in the area.
The Maryville Downtown Improvement Organization is developing plans to enhance Maryville’s central business district.
The Maryville City Council has authorized studies to determine potential locations for new city facilities, including a headquarters for the Department of Public Safety and the city’s administrative offices.
A new South Main/Hwy 71 intersection — the main entrance to the city from the south — configuration is a distinct possibility.
New housing opportunities are also in the future for Maryville. In conjunction with the city’s on-going program promoting the removal of dilapidated housing, much of which has been replaced by new apartments — and single-family residences — on the lots made available, the community’s inventory of affordable housing projects, such as Villas at the Summit and Southview Apartments, continues to expand.
That type of new housing is in addition to the emergence of a new subdivision planned for the property immediately north of the Oak Pointe facility.
There are also several yet-to-be-officially-confirmed new business openings, business ownership transfers, relocations and upgrades that will be announced soon.
Mark it down — 2015 IS going to be a very big year.