H&LA is pleased to be working with the City of Decatur, Illinois, on a highest and best use study of the Decatur Civic Center. Our study will analyze the historical performance of the Civic Center, which includes a theater, meeting space, ice arena, and municipal offices. It regularly hosts hockey-related events, trade shows, exhibit events and other activities in need of larger space. We will analyze possible additional uses for the facility and explore alternative possibilities such as entertainment, retail, sports, food and beverage outlets, or additional conference space. The property is owned and maintained by the Decatur Civic Center Authority, a governmental entity created by state statute. The city signed a 99-year lease agreement in 1980, the year the facility opened.
We look forward to working with the city on this project to provide a meaningful analysis that will help in determining the future of such an important part of the city of Decatur.