Belleville

Belleville aldermen OK permit for new apartment complex with 22 buildings

Barry Hayden wants to build 22 apartment buildings near Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville.
Barry Hayden wants to build 22 apartment buildings near Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville. Provided

The Belleville City Council on Monday night unanimously approved a special-use permit for a new apartment complex near Southwestern Illinois College.

Barry Hayden plans to develop the complex with 22 buildings, a pool and more than 700 parking spaces on 20 acres. The commercially zoned site is off Illinois 161, which also is known as Carlyle Avenue. The land is east of the MetroLink tracks and is adjacent to the tracks.

Mayor Mark Eckert said officers and civilian employees at Scott Air Force Base may be some of the residents who move into the “upscale” complex.

This is going to help us attract some of the young professionals and some of the military people that in recent years have been looking for things on the eastern edge of Belleville that have been new and upscale and we have lost some of those to other communities.

Mayor Mark Eckert

“This is going to help us attract some of the young professionals and some of the military people that in recent years have been looking for things on the eastern edge of Belleville that have been new and upscale and we have lost some of those to other communities,” Eckert said.

Hayden could not be reached for comment.

Last month, the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals voted in favor of the project.

Annissa McCaskill, director of the city’s Economic Development, Planning & Zoning Department, said the city’s Planning Commission still has to approve the site plan.

In other business

The City Council unanimously approved a special-use permit for the Hazel Bland Promise Center of East St. Louis to operate a “large community residence” in a former convent at 1024 Douglas Ave.

The Zoning Board of Appeals approved the request last month with the stipulation that Hazel Bland limit the number of residents to seven and alderman approved the permit with this limit.

Hazel Bland has operated a group home at 12 Fox Creek Road in Swansea since 2005.

McCaskill said the men who will live at the home have disabilities and spend their days at workshops. A staff employee remains in the home overnight.

Aldermen agreed to sell the following vacant lots:

▪  55 Periwinkle Circle to Herschel and Elaine Parrish for $5,500.

▪  915 S. High St. to Barbara Will for $3,000.

▪  716 N. 89th St. to Clinton and Matrecha Yates for $1,200.

▪  4 Highwood Circle to Dean Patterson for $700.

Up next

The City Council will next meet at 7 p.m. March 21 in City Hall at 101 S. Illinois St. The council usually meets the first and third Monday of each month.

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