Construction Update March 1, 2018
Construction Update March 1, 2018
EDWARDSVILLE – A new development may be coming to Plum Street, near First to the Finish.
As discussed at Tuesday’s Public Services Committee meeting, Public Works recommended the approval of the Theatre View Commercial Plaza Subdivision Planned Unit Development. If approved, the site will consist of three lots that will contain offices and multi-tenant retail buildings with a minimum of 216 parking spaces surrounding the buildings.
Director of Public Works Eric Williams addressed committee members and said the developers of the site are also making accommodations for bicyclists in the community.
“The project has been through Plan Commission, going through their concept review as well as their formal hearing process. As part of that, some of the items that have been incorporated – they’ve included pedestrian accommodations, pedestrian bike accommodations to improve on pedestrian circulation throughout the site,” Williams said. “There’s crosswalks and actual bike trail connections. They’re providing for some bike parking along the storefront, especially the retail center that’s in the northwest corner.”
The development will also have a connection to the Goshen trail, similar to that of First to the Finish.
The PUD as a whole consists of approximately 5.67 acres and is located west of Plum Street and north of Center Grove Road. All three lots in the PUD will include two retail buildings, one building either office or retail and one more building which use has yet to be determined, for a total of four buildings. One drive-thru will be permitted on the site as well.
“They have submitted a traffic impact study. We’ve been through a couple of iterations with that. We’re reviewing it, the (IL) Department of Transportation is currently reviewing it. IDOT has the ultimate jurisdiction to the entrance of 159 and Plum Street,” Williams said.
Access to the site will include two entrances from Plum Street and one from Center Grove Road.
Both Land Use and Plan Commission are on board with the PUD’s approval and alderwoman Janet Stack said she too is excited for the new development.
As discussion came to a close, aldermen Jack Burns, Stack and Craig Louer were in favor of its approval. The motion was approved unanimously and will be reviewed again at Thursday’s Administrative and Community Services meeting.
For more information about the development plan, visit the city’s website at www.cityofedwardsville.com.
EDWARDSVILLE – The new five-story Park Street Plaza building is already becoming a beautiful addition to Downtown Edwardsville while in its construction phases.
The structure will be the new home for Madison Mutual Insurance, the major occupant of the building with naming rights.
A Madison Mutual Insurance spokesperson provided some new news about the building late last week and said, “We will probably be moving to the new building the first week of February. That is the tentative date. We are all very excited about the move.”
The Madison Mutual Insurance move is dependent on the completion of construction work inside and outside the building. Park Street Plaza at 222 E. Park St. in Edwardsville is another property for Plocher Construction.
Edwardsville Economic Director Walt Williams has said another anchor occupant for the five-story building in downtown will be Flint Law Firm, now in Glen Carbon. The Flint Law Firm is a national operation that specializes in asbestos and mesothelioma cases.
The Madison Mutual spokesperson said the current offices for the company at 1 Mutual Court will be demolished shortly after the move is completed. The demolition of the old Madison Mutual Building will make room for a new Town Center shopping district that will go up after the demolition.
Madison Mutual Insurance’s offices will occupy the second and third floors of the new Park Street Plaza structure.
“The new building should be gorgeous,” Williams said. “It is a big project and it should be amazing.”