Metro-East News

County transit district moves into century-old building that’s easier to get to

The St. Clair County Transit District moved its offices from 1004 S. Lincoln Ave. in O’Fallon to this historic building at 27 N. Illinois St. in Belleville.
The St. Clair County Transit District moved its offices from 1004 S. Lincoln Ave. in O’Fallon to this historic building at 27 N. Illinois St. in Belleville. klandis@bnd.com

The district that oversees MetroLink and bus routes in St. Clair County has moved its offices from a location difficult to access by public transit to a building in downtown Belleville.

The St. Clair County Transit District moved its offices from 1004 S. Lincoln Ave. O’Fallon to 27 N. Illinois St., which is more readily accessible by public transit.

The total cost of renovations was $585,000, according to Jim Brede, St. Clair County’s Director of Buildings.

The space was totally gutted, said Managing Director Ken Sharkey said, with all new heating and cooling systems, “all the way down to the studs.”

The new location offers customers greater visibility and accessibility, district Board Chair Richard Meile said in a prepared statement. The Public Square is accessible by the #1 MetroBus route and is within walking distance of the Belleville MetroLink station.

Sharkey said renovations to the historic building represent an investment in a previously vacant and underutilized space.

“It has been here a century and we wanted to make an investment to make sure it’s here for another century,” Sharkey said.

The previous location was in the Southview Plaza shopping center, which will eventually be demolished under an agreement between the city of O’Fallon and a developer.

Roughly 10 employees work in the new office. The lower level will continue to be used for storage.

For more information, call the St. Clair County Transit District at 618-628-8090 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit www.scctd.org.

Kelsey Landis: 618-239-2110.
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