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New VA clinic coming to Parkway 64

Shiloh Board passes plat for new VA clinic coming to Parkway 64

Shiloh trustees pass items on the agenda including a plat request to bring a new VA clinic to the village of Shiloh, IL., in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.
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Shiloh trustees pass items on the agenda including a plat request to bring a new VA clinic to the village of Shiloh, IL., in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.

The Shiloh Village Board passed a final plat request Monday night to bring a new Veterans Administration clinic to the village.

“This will be a great addition to the village and help many veterans retired and otherwise who are in need of services, but don’t want to make the drive to St. Louis,” Mayor Jim Vernier said.

The clinic will be located at 1190 Fortune Blvd., in the Parkway 64 Corporate Center. The professional park is located at Fortune Boulevard and Frank Scott Parkway West, behind Target, and next to the new Heartland Women’s Healthcare doctor’s office. It is part of the Green Mount Crossing Shopping Plaza, which is accessible via exit 16 off of Interstate 64.

“We know some doctor’s will have a presence in the facility, but how many is unknown at this point,” John Marquart, the village administrator, said.

Darwin Miles of Miles Properties: Commercial Real Estate and Development, based in Shiloh, told board members at a committee meeting last month the future clinic will be a 10,000 square-foot facility.

“It will be manned by four doctors and support staff,” Vernier said.

Rebecca Thayer, Miles Properties representative, said the lot is about 1.82 acres. It is in a B-4 Zoning District of the village, which is intended to accommodate a wide range of retail, service, office and other business.

“It will be in Parkway 64, and he (Miles) has to get the lot divided first to put a road through. Once the plat is approved, it will be sent to 911 for approval, too,” Thayer said.

Marcy Gunther, VA St. Louis Health Care System public relations representative, confirmed plans for the new clinic in Shiloh.

“Belleville already has a VA facility at 6500 West Main St., but it’s a relatively small space, so this is an attempt to address a demand in the area, because the metro-east is one of the fastest growing area with a high concentration of veterans who are seeking to begin utilizing services, and we definitely want to provide a place that will accommodate that growth,” Gunther said.

In other business

▪  The board approved the funding agreement for the Three Springs at Shiloh development to establish an escrow expense account for the payment of village expenses associated with redevelopment activities for the property. Trustee Mark Kurtz voted in favor in committee, but opposed the final vote.

▪  After the Meadowbrück Lake Estates Home Owners Association compiled a petition of 136 signatures of subdivision residents, the village board passed a request to install emergency barrier posts on Archview Drive, instead of connecting the street to the Summit of Shiloh residential development.

▪  The board voted to expand the scope of the Church Street improvement project from Oak Street to Lebanon Avenue. The village received a $60,000 Community Development Block Grant from St. Clair County last year for the initial project, but has now decided to expand it, using $270,000 in Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) funds to complete the job. The board also authorized a preliminary engineering services Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen, not to exceed $25,000, for the project.

▪  Mayor Vernier authorized the village’s participation, without any funding obligation, in the O’Fallon Central District 104 Elementary’s Safe Routes To School for sidewalks near the Joseph Author Middle School. The project is 100 percent grant funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, but required village approval.

▪  The board a construction engineering services agreement with Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen, not to exceed $81,230, for Phase 5 of the Shiloh Station Road project. The construction is scheduled to be bid in June. MFT funds will be used to pay for the engineering.

▪  The board also approved funds for Shiloh Station Road Phase 6 improvements. The total project is expected to cost $644,150. The village received a federal grant in 2016 for $344,150, meaning the village must come up with the remaining $300,000 to fund the additional project scope. The extra money will also come from MFT funds.

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