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Dollar General proposed near Belleville

Developers who built a Dollar General along Eiler Road in 2015, are looking to build another Dollar General in the area.

The St. Clair County Zoning Board of Appeals has recommended approval of a $1.1 million to $1.2 million building, proposed by STL Equities based in Chesterfield, Mo., that would be 9,014 square feet at 1101 Centreville Ave. near Belleville.

“The project is going to be very similar to the project that went before you on Eiler Road, which is now open for business,” Bob Elkan, managing partner for STL Equities told the zoning board earlier this week.

The zoning board recommended the hours for the Dollar General be allowed to be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

If approved by the St. Clair County Board later this month, construction would start in mid-April, and last about 90 days, Elkan said.

When the store opens, it would start out with 8 to 10 employees, Elkan said.

The zoning board recommended against requiring the developers to put up a privacy fence because there is a lot of trees on the neighboring properties.

The neighboring properties also are about 30 feet higher than the proposed Dollar General site.

“A fence isn’t really going to do any good,” said Mike Buescher, the project engineer. “A 6-foot high fence isn’t going to help us. We don’t have a problem putting a fence up; it just seemed redundant.”

To alleviate neighbors’ concerns, Buescher said lighting fixtures would shine downward and not toward neighboring properties.

Lights also would be off when the business is closed.

The project falls within the district of County Board Member Larry Stammer, Jr., who supported the project.

“It looks like it will be a nice development for that area,” Stammer said.

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter