O'Fallon Progress

Shiloh will pay for $17K for archeological survey off Frank Scott for future BJC

John Marquart
John Marquart

Shiloh may get more than just a partnership between Memorial Hospital and BJC HealthCare — it may become the hub of healthcare in Southern Illinois off of I-64 with BJC purchasing 20.9 acres on the northern side of Frank Scott Parkway.

“This is all bodes well for the village’s future and there will be a change in the landscape, no pun intended, for the area of Frank Scott past Green Mount Crossing and headed over to Cross Street where the new hospital is,” Village Administrator John Marquart said.

Following a 10-minute executive session, the board approved to pay $17,208 for an archaeological survey to be conducted by a majority vote of 5-1, with Trustee Mark Kurtz being the sole opposing vote.

Prairie Archeology & Research, of Springfield will be conducting the survey, according to Marquart.

“Regardless of what the survey turns up, we want them to move ahead with the purchase of the property regardless of survey, so the survey is just a formality of sorts,” Marquart said.

Trustee Kurt Burrelsman motioned for the board to move forward with conducting the survey because, “the property is partially collateralized by the village.”

Rick Randall represents Pace Properties who is the receiver of all of the property, Marquart noted.

“This really puts the village in a very strong position for future of retail and medical uses along Frank Scott and that whole area of Shiloh, and will be a great change for the village over the next number of years,” Marquart said.

With the recent Memorial Hospital East opening in April, and BJC HealthCare’s approved plan to construct a $22 million medical office building next to the hospital off of Cross Street in Shiloh is only just the beginning of a long working relationship with the village, Shiloh Mayor Jim Vernier said.

Kurtz said archeological surveys are costs of developers and born by them.

“I know of no village interest in this property other than it being collateral on money lent to McEagle (in previous years),” Kurtz said.

“This is similar to you asking your mortgage lender to participate in the cost of putting a pool in your backyard. The Village has no interest in the property other than it being collateral on a loan, that last I was aware was in default with the village.”

McEagle no longer owns the property or the Three Springs at Shiloh development. Subsequently, Pace Properties acts as a receiver for the property.

As one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States, serving metro St. Louis, mid-Missouri and Southern Illinois, BJC HealthCare and Memorial filed a certificate of need application with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board in May to erect its first Medical Office Building after its recent partnership with Memorial Hospital East became official in January.

BJC representatives could not be reached for comment.

Robyn L. Kirsch: 618-239-2690, @BND_RobynKirsch