City Council OKs Popeyes plan for Belleville Crossing

This is a drawing of what the new Popeye’s would look like.
This is a drawing of what the new Popeye’s would look like. Provided photo

Belleville aldermen on Monday night unanimously approved the site plan and architectural design for a proposed Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in the Belleville Crossing shopping center.

A representative from Popeyes could not be reached for comment about when construction would begin on the restaurant planned for a lot next to Arby’s in the shopping complex at the intersection of Frank Scott Parkway and Illinois 15.

Popeyes has one of its fried chicken restaurants in Fairview Heights at 6011 N. Illinois St. It closed a restaurant on West Main Street in Belleville several years ago and 4204 Main Street Brewing Co. took over that site adjacent to its restaurant.

A Burger King is under construction in the shopping center. Other restaurants in the shopping complex include Wendy’s, Qdoba, White Castle, Arby’s, St. Louis Bread Co. and Buffalo Wild Wings.

City Hall update

Mayor Mark Eckert said the City Hall renovation is expected to be finished next month and that the Oct. 2 City Council meeting is scheduled to be in City Hall instead of Lindenwood University-Belleville, where the City Council meetings have been since last summer.

All City Hall offices are scheduled to be open for business on Monday, Oct. 9.

Mayor Mark Eckert discusses renovations at Belleville City Hall.

Aldermen have approved $4.3 million for the renovation of City Hall at 101 S. Illinois St.

City Hall, which is about 60 years old, originally was scheduled to be open early this year.

“It’s really coming along now,” Eckert told the council. “It’s going to be here before we know it.”

The goal of the renovation was to make City Hall compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and to remove asbestos from the building.

The latest renovation work at Belleville City Hall includes new concrete at the main entrance and repainting the communications tower behind the building. The $20.6 million in renovations are expected to be completed in September.

“We removed an enormous amount of asbestos, much more than they originally thought, out of that building,” Eckert said.

The renovation includes a new roof and heating and cooling systems. The former Security Abstract and Title Co. building that was next to City Hall was torn down to make way for handicap parking near the rear door.

A rededication ceremony is tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21.

Eckert has said the architect who started design work on the City Hall project for the Lawrence Group left the company last year, and that is one of the reasons why the renovation took longer than expected.

In other business

Aldermen took the following action Monday night:

▪  Approved the Queen of Hearts raffle game where the maximum prize allowed will be $500,000. The ordinance permits nonprofit groups such as religious, charitable, labor, fraternal, educational and veterans organizations to conduct the Queen of Hearts raffle. Persons across the metro-east have won a total of nearly $1 million in Queen of Hearts raffles in the past year.

▪  Bought three used garbage trucks from RY Equipment Co. for $63,000. The purchase includes a 2003 International 7400, a 2004 International 7400 and a 2004 International 4000.

▪  Adjusted the hours of the General and Community Assistance office. The office at 111 W. A St. will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday. Two part-time employees run the office, which previously was operated by the Belleville Township. In May, the city took over the township’s duties of providing aid to needy individuals and giving grants to community organizations.