Thursday, April 7, 2016 11:50 am
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Posted on Apr 7, 2016by Matt Kamp
Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton and Glen Carbon Mayor Rob Jackstadt each delivered their fair share of jokes Thursday at the Chamber of Commerce Mayors’ Breakfast, but they also both raved about the growth of their respective communities.
Gathered in front of a large crowd inside the Leclaire Room at the N.O. Nelson Complex, Patton and Jackstadt discussed the past year and the future of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon. Both painted pictures of growth and stability.
“We have a lot of growth, a lot of great businesses and those (people) that have been serving our community for decades,” Patton said.
Edwardsville will be going through a facelift over the next year, from the construction of the new public safety facility building to the Spray and Play Park to the facade program downtown that has already seen the redevelopment of several older buildings. The Spray and Play Park is expected to open in May, and the new public safety facility building will likely be going out for bids in June.
Prairie Farms also recently announced its potential move to the enterprise zone, and Patton said another Fortune 500 company could soon follow.
That doesn’t include what took place the last year with the addition and re-location of a number of new businesses, including Planet Fitness, Gingham Buffalo, Happy Hop, Signarama and Source Juicery.
Edwardsville’s assessed value went from $611 million last fiscal year to $630 million. The tax rate remained at 1.54 percent for a third straight year.
“Growth is good, and we try our best to keep the tax rate flat,” Patton said. “If your home or business hasn’t been re-assessed or you haven’t added on, you haven’t seen an increase in the city of Edwardsville despite these projects.”
Those projects include the three-pronged A Better Place to Play campaign, which will help give residents more opportunities to stay in town. The Spray and Play Park will be first to be done, while the 70-acre Plummer Family Sports Park will be completed as a phased-in project. The proposed ice rink is the third part of the campaign.
With all the new businesses, Patton said residents “won’t have to leave Edwardsville and Glen Carbon” to go shopping or play in the parks.
Road projects will also be a common sight around town. Linden Street was recently approved for renovations, and future work includes Buchanan Street and Route 143, among others.
“If you ever hear me refer to me team as an all-star team, they really are,” Patton said. “I have to single out Eric (Williams, public works director) for everything that he’s doing. Eric is a young man, but this year is going to fly by. He’s going to be another year older before he even knows it, and that’s because of all the construction. These street projects are going to be tremendous this year.”
Jackstadt followed Patton to the podium, and he also spoke highly for the potential of Glen Carbon over the next year.
“There’s no doubt that businesses and individuals continue to invest in the village of Glen Carbon, and we appreciate that. We appreciate working together to keep our community what it is. It is truly grateful to be partners with Edwardsville in many projects,” Jackstadt said.
Growth will continue, and it will likely be from Capital Land Development. The group has signed a contract to purchase 52 acres south of Edwardsville Crossing and nearly 70 acres one mile south on Route 159 east of Troy Road. Both properties are owned by the Foucek family.
Jackstadt said the group may deliver future plans to the village in the next month.
“They have been actively presenting these projects to prospective tenants. They are happy to report to us that they have substantial interest from desirable tenants from both restaurants and retails,” Jackstadt said.
New businesses in Glen Carbon include Altitude trampoline park, which will open in Ma;, Fast Fitness Boot Camp, which will open this spring and the additions of Ross Dress for Less, Men’s Wearhouse and Kirklands to Edwardsville Crossing. Renovations were also done at The Cabin at Judy Creek.
Last year, 30 new homes were built with an average value of $327,800.
There were also 407 building permits, resulting in an estimated value of $22 million. There were 242 permits in 2014.
Glen Carbon’s assessed value was $12.7 million.
Like Edwardsville, Glen Carbon will also be busy with street projects, including Old Troy Road.
“We are clearly focused on infrastructure improvements like many municipalities,” Jackstadt said. “We are moving forward pretty much alone with trying to improve Old Troy Road. There’s no doubt we are going to have to address funding issues.”
Jackstadt did say Glen Carbon is in “healthy financial condition.”
IMPACT Strategies sponsored the event.