The sale of the old O’Fallon city hall is expected to be finalized within the next 180 days.
On May 16, the O’Fallon City Council agreed to sell the 116-year-old building to Brad McMillin for $10,000.
The sale, however, is contingent, according to City Administrator Walter Denton.
Among other things, the City Council will need to approve the property’s rezoning and redevelopment agreement, he said.
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The old city hall building, located at 255 North Lincoln Ave., is currently zoned residential.
McMillin confirmed on Tuesday that he is planning to remodel the building in two phases and bring it back to its original state.
In the first phase, he plans to remove the aesbestos, and make the building a white box by putting in all new electricity and making it strucutrally sound.
In the second phase, McMillin said he will finish the building for his future business tennant(s), which he is still seeking out.
The old city is on the same parcel as O’Fallon Fire Station No. 1.
However, before the sale is finalized, McMillin and O’Fallon will need to subdivide both parcels, according to Denton.
There are also performance requirements McMillin must do or ownership returns to the city, he said.
Old city hall is in the Central City Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district.
Funds generated by the TIF could be used to pay for any remodelling done inside the building.
McMillin already owns a number of businesses in O’Fallon.
He owns the Peel Wood Fire Pizza building at 104 S. Cherry St. and owns Beltone Hearing Care Center at 1415 W. Highway 50.
McMillin also owns Luna’s Pizza, Pasta and Wings building at 1411 W. Highway 50. He also owns several other hotels and motels in other markets. He previously owned Econo Lodge in O’Fallon, which he sold about eight years ago.
He also owns a Comfort Inn in Marion, Ill. and a Fairfield Inn & Suites in Venice, Fla.
McMillin also plans to break ground on a five-story Marriott Townplace Suites behind Bella Milano.
“We are hoping to break ground in August,” he said.
His wife, Timmi McMillin, was O’Fallon’s Main Street director for a number of years.
Old city hall was constructed in 1890 and house the city government until 1997 when current City Hall opened at 255 S. Lincoln Ave.
The building has sat largely vacant for the last 19 years and requires significant repairs to be restored to modern building standards, according to O’Fallon City Planner Justin Randall.
McMillin and another undisclosed person bid on the property.
City officials said in late February they were to hoping to see a development plan to be drafted and any work on the building bein within the next 12 months.
A recent appraisal estimated the value of the building to be $40,000, Randall said.
Randall said the city drafted contract language stating the city will get the first right of refusal to buy the building back, because it’s a prominent city building.
The building previously had the water and utility billing office, as well as city offices and council chambers.
The O’Fallon Police and Fire departments later occupied the 4,500-square foot building.
City officials now see the old city hall restoration project as being the focal point in its ongoing effort to redevelop downtown. They believe many different types of uses could be appropriate for the building, including office space.