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Public invited to second St. E’s hearing at fairgrounds

A second public hearing will be held Tuesday in Belleville to allow the public to voice concerns and support for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s plans to build a replacement hospital in O’Fallon.

The Health Facilities and Services Review Board will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. at the Belle-Clair Fairgrounds and Expo Center at 200 South Belt East in Belleville. Sign in for public comment, which will be on a first-come, first-serve basis begins at 4:30 p.m.

St. Elizabeth’s leaders announced in June their plans to build a $253 million replacement hospital on 114 acres north of Interstate 64 and west of Green Mount Road. An urgent care center, along with other medical offices, would remain on a downtown Belleville medical campus, but the hospital building would be razed if no tenant can be found.

Here’s what supporters and those opposed to the plan have said: