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Congested corner will stay busy, so maximize the sales taxes

Dandy Inn owner, neighbors disagree about MotoMart

In this 2017 video, Dandy Inn owner Mark Daniels and his neighbor, Lisa Davinroy, don't see eye-to-eye about Moto coming to their neighborhood.
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In this 2017 video, Dandy Inn owner Mark Daniels and his neighbor, Lisa Davinroy, don't see eye-to-eye about Moto coming to their neighborhood.

No one is too happy that the Dandy Inn is gone, any more than they are happy that Fischer’s Restaurant is closed. But the reality is that the families that made these places community icons could no longer keep doing it.

After decades of operation by these families, apparently no one else believes they can replicate the success.

So we move on. Fischer’s in Belleville is for sale and the Dandy Inn in Fairview Heights may be sold to Moto Inc. as one of their MotoMart gas station and convenience stores.

Neighbors are upset about the potential for more traffic, but they already live near an incredibly busy intersection in the heart of a retail area and with one convenience store and gas station already on one corner. Swapping a popular bar and restaurant for a second convenience store doesn’t seem like a drastic change for an area that has been getting busier by the year.

Owner Mark Daniels sees the MotoMart as the best fit with the best potential for delivering tax revenue to the city. He also said he wanted to sell to a local company, with Moto based in Belleville.

Seeing the Dandy Inn razed will leave plenty of folks crying in their beer and longing for some chicken gizzards. Still, in the range of possible outcomes, Daniels chose one that will make his property productive again and give his city the most money to potentially fix some of his neighbors’ infrastructure concerns.

The property is Daniels’ to sell. He made a choice to also be a good citizen.

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