O'Fallon Progress

O’Fallon advances developer’s plan for former Schiappa’s location

The O’Fallon City Council on Monday advanced a developer’s plans to construct a new 7,700 square foot retail center, along with a restaurant, at 1411 W. U.S. Highway 50.

Several restaurants had been located there — Lin’s Buffet, Luna pizza pasta and wings, and Schiappa’s Restaurant — in recent years.

The vacant 7,800 square foot building will be demolished. The redevelopment will include a new retail building with spaces for three tenants, a restaurant with a drive-thru window, outdoor seating area, parking lot, landscaping and buffering.

Richard Robinson of St. Louis, president of First and Main Properties, a real estate services company, has applied for a planned use for the B-1 Community Business District zoning change for the 1.16 acres of land now under contract. That is required if a restaurant will have a drive-thru window.

The Community Development Committee and Planning Commission both unanimously approved the plans at their recent meetings, subject to the conditions recommended by the staff.

The staff will permit a directional sign for Quality Inn near the entrance and requires a decorative fence for patio area to separate patrons from circulating vehicle. Staff also wants a variance to the 7-foot buffer on east and west property lines.

The property is across from Walmart and near a strip shopping center and homes on Alice Drive.

The ordinance’s second reading is set for July 3 meeting.

Other business

In other action, council changed the wording in an ordinance regarding tow companies for the public safety department. They rescinded the original ordinance, and added specific language under eligibility about background checks on tow employees.

These are the new stipulations:

▪ Must not employ any driver or vehicle operator that at any time in the last five years in any state or territory has been convicted of any of the following offenses: homicide, attempted homicide, crimes involving bodily injury or attempted bodily injury, robbery, theft crimes, attempted theft, forgery, driving under the influence (DUI) or any sex crimes.

▪ Must annually provide a copy of every driver and each owner’s driver’s license to the director of Public Safety, or his designee (operations captain), so a license check and criminal history background check can be conducted.

▪ Must submit a photocopy of all new employee’s driver’s licenses and signed consent to conduct criminal background check forms from said new employee prior to said new employee being allowed to operate police tows.

The council approved the final plat of Triple Net Management’s Fifty and Lawn Project, with Alderman Kevin Hagarty the only no vote.

The much-discussed development includes a 10,640 square foot Dollar General, which is moving from Southview Plaza; a 12,150 square foot multi-tenant retail building, and 10 attached single-family dwelling units (for 20 total residences).

The commercial lot will front on Highway 50. The final plat would create three lots – the two commercial and the residential to be developed in the future.

The council also approved the Cambridge Trace subdivision plans for 2.86 acres. Denny Blumberg will finish the final phase of the Cambridge Condominiums.

After an executive session, the city approved a labor agreement with the police union, the O’Fallon Lodge 198 Fraternal Order of the Police Labor Council, for wages, hours and employment conditions of the uniformed police officers.

The mayor has scheduled time to meet with citizens from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, June 24, in the council chambers at O’Fallon City Hall.