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Belleville panels OK sewer line extension for upscale subdivision

This is an artist’s rendering of the office buildings planned for the front of the proposed Parkway West Estates subdivision near Belleville West High School.
This is an artist’s rendering of the office buildings planned for the front of the proposed Parkway West Estates subdivision near Belleville West High School. Provided

The Belleville City Council’s Finance and Master Sewer committees met jointly Tuesday night and unanimously supported a plan to extend a sewer line for a proposed subdivision that would feature homes worth $500,000 to $1 million.

The sewer project is now slated to be on the City Council’s agenda Monday.

Thouvenot, Wade & Morechen Inc. of Swansea reported to the city that the estimated construction cost would be $450,685. The plan also calls for paying about $21,000 to Thouvenot, Wade & Morechen for engineering costs.

The Parkway West Estates subdivision would be built south of Belleville West High School near the intersection of South 11th Street and Frank Scott Parkway West. Six professional office buildings also would be built in front of the homes.

Todd Keller, managing partner of Parkway West Development, estimated the project is worth more than $50 million.

Keller told the aldermen the project was first proposed more than 10 years ago.

“It’s been carefully thought out,” he said. He added that it was “absolutely essential” to have city sewers extended to the site.

“We’ve spent thousands of hours in preparation for this evening,” Keller said.

Ward 3 Alderman Kent Randle said, “Once the sewer is there, it makes it a lot easier for any future development to take place as well.”

Royce Carlisle, director of waste-water plants and sewer lines for the city, agreed with Randle.

“It’s kind of like ‘Field of Dreams,’ you build the sewer and they will come,” Carlisle said in an interview after the meeting.

Carlisle said the Parkway West site could produce an estimated $273,100 in tap-on fees. If other sites are developed in the area, then additional tap-on fees would be collected there.

Carlisle said the current budget has money to cover the beginning of the project but additional funds would have to be included in next year’s budget.

A proposal to annex the site also will be considered by aldermen on Monday.

Michael Hagberg, a Belleville Township trustee, spoke during public participation and questioned why aldermen would approve the project without having all possible tax incentives released to the public.

“We should be able to look at the project as a whole and be able to analyze it and be able to figure out, ‘Is this a good deal?’” Hagberg said.

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