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St. Clair County zoning board gives blessing to Dollar General proposal

Construction of a proposed Dollar General along Eiler Road near Belleville is now in the hands of the St. Clair County Board.

The St. Clair County Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday recommended approval of a proposed 9,100-square-foot Dollar General store. The county board is now scheduled to consider the request later this month.

STL Equities is asking for a special use permit to move forward with the potential $1 million project.

Concerns about traffic led to the zoning board to wait for the county highway department to weigh in regards ingress, egress and traffic flow on the road.

STL Equities commissioned the Kaskaskia Engineering Group to conduct a traffic impact study, which concluded no improvements, such as additional turn lanes or a traffic signal, were needed along Eiler Road. The county highway department concurred and signed off on the project.

“They’ve met all of the criteria … that a planned building development needs,” zoning board member Alexa Edwards said. “They’ve met all of the requirements.”

The area along Eiler Road does include the Cat & Fiddle Tavern, an American Legion, a Circle K and a UPS facility.

Jeff Dell, who lives in the area of Eiler Road, still expressed concern about traffic in the area and suggested the speed limit be lowered to 35 mph from 45 mph.

He added there are more people walking on the shoulders of the road and there are constant accidents.

“I’ve been on that road 25 years,” Dell said. “When I first moved there, you could see 10 cars go by in an hour. Now I may have to wait for 10 cars just to get out of my driveway.”

Bob Elkan, the managing member of STL Equities, said if approved by the county board, the development group would look to start work on the site in mid-to-late June. Work would take three to four months to complete.

Contact reporter Joseph Bustos at jbustos@bnd.com or 618-239-2451. Follow him on Twitter: @JoeBReporter.

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