Champaign group lobbies for 'The Yards' funding in D.C.

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CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - A local group went to Washington, D.C. to lobby for federal dollars to go towards "The Yards" development.

The $200 million project is a development in the southern part of downtown Champaign.

Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District Managing Director Karl Gnadt, University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman and others left Champaign Wednesday and return Friday.

The met with officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Transmit Administration. There were also meetings with Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth.

The Yards would include expanding the Illinois Terminal, parking decks, apartments, convention space, an area for a Division I hockey team, and another hotel.

MTD has applied for two federal grants, totaling $25 million. The Champaign City Council talked about the project during their meeting Tuesday.

The city council will have a finances presentation on the project in October or November and another in December to present draft agreements, the News Gazette reports.

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