(Canton, IL) -- Saturday marked a new beginning with the grand opening of Canton Crossing. Canton Crossing is the home of Kroger and CVS, and the building was purchased about a year and a half ago by Preferred Development. Evan Oliff, the president of Preferred Development, says that with the improvements at the facility on the east side of Canton is where people will want to be.. One of the driving forces behind the project being approved by the Canton City Council so it could be completed was been the Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development. During the grand opening ceremony, a mural was revealed that recognized Canton native and NASA's 100th Astronaut in space, Steve Nagel. He is now a professor at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Nagel was on hand at the grand opening that took place on Saturday.