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St. Clair County zoning board OKs Caseyville storage business variance

Caseyville Business Expansion Approval

The St. Clair County Zoning Board of Appeals
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The St. Clair County Zoning Board of Appeals

St. Clair County Zoning Board of Appeals members approved a variance request of a storage facility along Morrison Avenue in Caseyville.

Noeth Development Inc. at 1946 S. Morrison Ave. in Caseyville is an existing indoor storage facility, that was initially approved last year.

Zoning board members allowed the Noeths to build 50 feet from the property line, instead of the 75 feet usually required in a highway business district.

Noeth Development plans to add a 30-foot by 56 foot building within the next month for about $50,000. The owners of the business plan build an additional 30-foot by 56 foot building in the future as well.

“We’re looking to expand the building (as) the exact mirror of what’s there now,” Matt Noeth, a co-owner of the business.

Frank Lichtenberg who lives near to the storage business said he did not have any objections to the project.

“It’s an improvement of what was there,” Lichtenberg said. “It’s a lot better.”

Other business

▪  Construction business: Zoning commissioners recommended approval of a request from Ramona Friederich to have a new office and storage shed for a construction boring business.

The new structure would be 3,600 square feet, said St. Clair County Zoning Department Director Anne Markezich.

Friederich said she wants to build a shed on the farm at along Grodeon Road in Mascoutah to store equipment for job sites. Equipment for the business is currently at another site.

There would be no sign promoting the business. The only items that would be outside are augers, Friederich said. A fence is planned to hide any outside storage.

The St. Clair County Board is scheduled to vote on the request later this month.

▪  Gun dealer proposal: Commissioners recommended the county board approve Kevin Kinder’s request for a special use permit for a home occupation.

The Millstadt resident is looking to be allowed to sell firearms at his new house along Wirth Road in the agricultural industry zoned area.

Sales would be by appointment only. Kinder, who sold firearms at his previous residence, said he expects only five to 10 sales per month. Kinder needs zoning approval before they can obtain an updated permit from the state.

▪  Storage facility permit postponed: The St. Clair County Zoning Board on Monday postponed discussion on a vehicle storage business that has been operating without the proper zoning permit, according to Markezich.

Terry and Aletha Stahl are asking for a special use permit to run a boat, vehicle and RV indoor/outdoor storage business along Illinois 159 south of Smithton.

The Stahls were unable to attend Monday’s hearing for health reasons. A hearing on their case petition was postponed to March 7.

A phone call to the Stahls wasn’t returned.

The property is in an agricultural industry zone district. However, there is a subdivision across the street from the Stahls’ location.

Markezich said her department received a complaint about the business operating without the correct permit.