Belleville

Belleville OKs incentives for developer rehabbing downtown building

Robert Hoef, left, and Andy Siebert lift some concrete board they just cut as part of the construction at the building at 222 E. Main St. Monday in Belleville.
Robert Hoef, left, and Andy Siebert lift some concrete board they just cut as part of the construction at the building at 222 E. Main St. Monday in Belleville. snagy@bnd.com

Belleville aldermen on Monday unanimously decided to give incentives worth an estimated $5,300 to a developer renovating a vacant downtown bank building.

Barry Hayden is remodeling the building at 222 E. Main St. and hopes to lure professional firms of lawyers and accountants. He told city officials that his tenants are expected to have 30 employees based in the building.

The development agreement calls for the city to include the property in the city’s enterprise zone, which allows the developer to get a state sales tax break on construction materials. This would give Hayden an estimated $1,300 in savings.

The agreement also calls for the city to reimburse Hayden an estimated $4,000 for facade improvements.

To qualify for the incentives, Hayden is required to spend at least $100,000 on the building. He also must allow the public to use the building’s parking lot at night and on weekends.

“That building sat empty for a lot of years so I’m very happy,” Mayor Mark Eckert said of the project.

In other business

▪  Aldermen approved a resolution supporting the selection of a site next to Scott Air Force Base for the new home of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

The agency’s Midwestern office is now based in St. Louis and is looking at four St. Louis metro area sites for a new office. The agency makes military and intelligence maps based on satellite imagery.

Also on Monday, St. Clair County announced that it would donate an additional 200 acres to the agency. The county previously said it would donate 182 acres in an effort to lure the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and its 3,100 employees.

▪  Aldermen also passed a resolution calling for state leaders to release funds being withheld from municipalities by the state as part of the budget impasse.

▪  The council discussed a proposed ordinance that would limit the number of recreational vehicles a resident can keep outside their home to two but the plan was sent back to committee after several aldermen raised concerns about the limit.

▪  The council approved the foundation site for the Hofbrauhaus German restaurant and beer hall planned in a restaurant, hotel and sports complex valued at more than $100 million off Illinois 15 near The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

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