Belleville getting second Walmart Supercenter
A Walmart Supercenter is being planned for the intersection of South 74th Street and Illinois 15 in Belleville, city officials said Tuesday.
The proposed Walmart development, which is in the shadows of the Kmart at 7230 Westfield Plaza, also features a gas station and one other retail outlot on about 32 acres in the northwest quadrant of the 74th Street and Illinois 15 intersection.
Unlike the nearby Target or the Walmart Supercenter on the east side of town, the developers of this proposed Walmart Supercenter have not asked for any tax incentives from the city.
That means shoppers would not pay an extra 1 cent sales tax that is charged at the Target in the Belleville Crossing shopping center off Illinois 15 and the Walmart Supercenter in the Green Mount Commons shopping center off Carlyle Avenue.
A spokesman for Walmart could not be reached for comment.
The first public meeting regarding the 74th Street project will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday when the city’s Planning Commission will meet developers in what’s called a “sketch plan conference.”
The commission members will not vote on the project during this meeting. The meeting will be at the city’s fire department headquarters at 1125 S. Illinois St.
Annissa McCaskill, director of the city’s Economic Development, Planning and Zoning Department, said the sale of the property is contingent upon Walmart getting permits from the city.
The property is already zoned commercial but Walmart intends to ask for permission to sell liquor and a variance on the sign. The final plat also would have to be approved by the City Council.
McCaskill expects the permitting process to be completed in July.
It’s exciting to see growth. The whole corridor on 15, it really has exploded.
Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert
Mayor Mark Eckert said he does not have a construction time frame, but he hopes construction could begin in the summer.
Eckert said he has told critics of the projects that have received tax incentives that later projects might not need the incentives if the initial projects are successful.
McCaskill said the city is constantly getting inquiries from potential developers researching the Illinois 15 corridor.
“I think this is going to be huge in getting more people to commit to that corridor,” McCaskill said.
On the east side, the St. Clair County Event Center off Illinois 15 had its grand opening last weekend.
Eckert noted that the Hofbräuhaus project near the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows has not progressed as fast as he had hoped, but overall he is happy with the developments along Illinois 15.
“It’s exciting to see growth,” Eckert said. “The whole corridor on 15, it really has exploded.”