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Belleville heating, cooling business expands; Subdivision has new owner

After years of sitting empty, construction on new homes is underway in what used to be the Forest Lakes development in Caseyville. Dubbed Tanglewood, the 500-acre site is under new ownership.
After years of sitting empty, construction on new homes is underway in what used to be the Forest Lakes development in Caseyville. Dubbed Tanglewood, the 500-acre site is under new ownership. twall@bnd.com

Beloman, a pillar in the metro-east heating and cooling community located at 5909 Cool Sports Rd. in Belleville, is growing.

That’s because the owners of two similar businesses — Elk Heating and Cooling at 473 N. Wood River Ave. in Wood River and Barry’s Heating and Cooling at 503 Twin Drive in Caseyville — have retired.

Beloman acquired Elk and Barry’s client lists and phone numbers under terms that were not disclosed.

“We are thrilled to have the clients of Elk and Barry’s be a part of our family,” said Beloman owner Jim Lugge. “Both companies have done an excellent job of servicing their customers with a high level of skill and compassion and we look forward to continuing that tradition.”

New life in once-barren Caseyville subdivision

Until recently, the ill-fated Forest Lakes subdivision was nothing more than roads, cul de sacs and empty land upon which grand homes were never built.

That changed when Texas-based investment company CCA Partners purchased the 500 acres sandwiched between Hollywood Heights Road, Illinois 159 and Canteen Creek, renamed it Tanglewood and lined up three area homebuilders to begin construction on homes that will range in price from $150,000 to $400,000-plus.

Homebuilders committed to working on the Tanglewood homes include Waterloo-based JLP Homes and CA Jones as well as Swansea-based Homes By Deesign.

The original Forest Lakes project seemed to be full steam ahead until its developer ran out of money in 2006 after building just one house. The recession followed, and the acreage has been empty ever since.

Edwardsville construction projects announced

The natural foods store Fresh Thyme will anchor a development on Illinois 157 across from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the city’s economic development director Walter Williams said.

Also planned for the 26-acre site is a McAlister’s Deli and a Global Brew Tap House.

Edwardsville city officials created a business district to encompass the area, allowing for an added 1 percent sales tax on items sold in the district. The city will hand over a portion of the proceeds from that tax to the project’s developers.

Prairie Farms will build office building

Also in Edwardsville, Williams said another project was planned: Prairie Farms will build new office space in the Edwardsville Corporate Center on Illinois 143 about a half mile east of I-55.

The three-story building will house 30,000 square feet of office space and cost $9 million to build. Williams said the city next week will debate extending an enterprise zone to include the new building.

Prairie Farms is expected to locate 90 full-time jobs to the site once it’s finished.

Office Depot in Belleville is closing

The business supply store located at 20 Carlyle Plaza displayed a sign that read “Closing Sale,” advertising all merchandise inside was discounted up to 40 percent off.

A manager there couldn’t comment on why the store was closing or what the fate of employees would be, but employees confirmed the store would shut its doors May 14.

A spokesman at Office Depot headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., could not be reached for comment.

Tobias Wall: 618-239-2501, @Wall_BND

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