In the first public meeting for Belleville officials to discuss the proposed Walmart Supercenter on the west side, the Planning Commission on Wednesday heard a brief description of the project, then voted to accept a copy of the preliminary plans.
The Walmart Supercenter is planned for 32 acres in the northwest quadrant of the South 74th Street and Illinois 15 intersection. This summer, the Planning Commission is expected to vote on the final plat for the store, which will also have a Walmart gas station with eight pumps.
A spokesman for Walmart could not be reached for comment.
John Schebaum, an engineer and designer for BFA Engineering of Washington, Mo., who is representing Walmart during the permitting process in Belleville, told the commissioners that the land is undermined and that further research will be done on how to mitigate the site.
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Shoppers would enter the stores off 74th Street.
Schebaum also told the commissioners a left turn lane would be added on 74th Street for motorists who want to go east on Illinois 15.
An engineer told Belleville officials the land for the proposed Walmart Supercenter is undermined, and research will be done on how to mitigate the site.
Annissa McCaskill, director of the city’s Economic Development, Planning and Zoning Department, said the city will not pay for this roadwork and that a developer typically has to pay for this type of work.
The Supercenter will be 195,000 square feet, which is slightly smaller than the Supercenter on the east side, but it will have all the “bells and whistles” Walmart offers in new Supercenters, Schebaum said. The gas station will have a 1,500-square-foot convenience store, and one other retail outlot would be offered to another business.
Schebaum said he did not have information on when construction could begin, but he said the permitting process will probably take at least until the fall.
Unlike the Walmart Supercenter off Carlyle Avenue, the developers of this Walmart have not asked for tax incentives from the city.
Later this month, the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals is expected to hear requests from Walmart for permission to sell alcohol and for a variance on the store’s sign.