The board of directors of the "Marcus Junction Auto and Truck Plaza" is inviting the public to a groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of this planned $1.2 million facility.
The groundbreaking will take place at the intersection of Highways 3 and 143 at Marcus on Friday, Dec. 16 at 3:30 p.m.
There will be a short program at the site followed by refreshments served at Marcus City Hall.
The new facility will carry the national brand Shell as well as E-85 ethanol and bio diesel. It will have three islands for diesel, three for gasoline and one for E-85. The building will definitely have an up-scaled appearance rather than the usual convenience stop appearance.
Local investors will own the facility named Marcus Junction, L.L.C. with financing provided by area financial institutions. A considerable amount has already been raised locally. Marcus Junction will create four full-time and eight part-time jobs and have an annual payroll of nearly $200,000.
Local contractors, under the advisement of a professional consulting firm employed to determine feasibility and facility layout, will handle construction. Professional Services, Inc. of Ankeny will oversee the building of the facility. Construction is to be completed by the first of July.
The facility will have showers available for commercial haulers and a small park with camping pads and picnic tables. Marcus has lacked functional space for campers when folks return to Marcus for family or class reunions, Marcus Fair and other summer time visits.
Marcus Junction will have a wide array of food for all meals whether taken with them or wanting to take time out from diving to relax in a clean atmosphere. There will be space to sit in comfort to enjoy a tasty meal. There will be all sorts of tempting choices at a reasonable cost.
The need was perceived for the Marcus Junction auto and truck plaza as an essential service to compliment the increased agricultural business in Cherokee County posed by the advent and now expansion of the Little Sioux Corn Processors ethanol plant located just east of Marcus. In addition the traffic counts on Highway 3 demonstrated a steady stream increase. Marcus Junction will complement the commercial/Industrial Park being developed by the city of Marcus directly across Highway 3 to the north.
The board of directors includes President Carl Nelson, Vice President Dennis Brady, Sec./Treasurer Nancy Neilson, Jack Foresman, Chuck Schmillen, Bob Leavitt, Jim Rassel, Geri Lynn Specht and Allan Reuter. Anyone wishing to invest should call Nelson or Foresman.
Marcus Junction has been in the planning stage for two years with much time and forethought given to each stage of the project. Carl Nelson commented, "The board has really appreciated all the time Mayor Darrel Downs has given to aid this project. He really has been very instrumental in helping us put the nuts and bolts together to make this plan become a reality."
Nelson and Schmillen serve on the Marcus Council and initiated the project idea until the remaining board members were approved. This project is a great example of how a small community can pull together to improve services of a community while the economy gets a boost as well.