For decades the Bradford Electric building has been a vacant eyesore in the city of East St. Louis. A developer wants to turn the derelict structure into a supermarket. The grocery store would provide citizens with healthier food choices as well as employing approximately 35 employees.
At a recent committee meeting, Councilman Mosley voted no against this new development. The other councilman was absent. Councilman Mosley’s reason for voting no was because of competition and citizens are not patronizing the supermarket that replaced Schnucks at 25th and State. At a previous council meeting, he openly expressed concerns that the citizens were not shopping at the grocery store the same as when it was Schnucks.
Not wanting another grocery store while allowing 13 taverns, 23 package liquor, 5 tire shops, 6 tow yards and plenty of Chinese food places to operate throughout the community is a little ridiculous. Citizens have no control over the type of business the council approves and council sets no standard for businesses to operate in the city. Their past decisions have lowered the value of the community, contributed to the unhealthiness of the city with jeopardizing the health, safety and well-being of the citizens. In spite of it all, citizens are waiting to see the vision the mayor has for the city.
I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge Councilwoman June Hamilton-Dean for the intellect she brings as a member of council.
Dorothy Joshway, East St. Louis