Though the 100 block of South Marion is under construction and shut off to traffic until November, Oak Park is hoping to give nearby businesses a boost.
Village trustees on Monday approved a $34,400 plan to help the South Marion district market itself. Earlier this month, Oak Park started a $5.5 million construction project — adding brick streets, granite sidewalks and an overhead canopy of decorative lights.
The proposed marketing plan includes $3,000 for a billboard, $7,000 for "construction customer parking support," and $10,000 for newspaper ads. Much of the marketing could come from donated support, including village press releases and TV promos.