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March 4, 2013

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With the weather set to warm up toward the end of this week, things are also heating up on the development front in the Metro East. Plans are moving forward on the $3.5 million North Bay Produce warehouse expansion at MidAmerica Airport and a $4.4 million dialysis center in East Alton, while there is news that the long-awaited Walmart Supercenter and Sam's Club in Glen Carbon will be completed this year. Read on for links to these stories and more.


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St. Clair County approves $3.5 million expansion to North Bay warehouse (Belleville News-Democrat, February 28, 2013)



The St. Clair County MidAmerica LogoPublic Building Commission recently approved an 18,000-square-foot, $3.5  million expansion to North Bay Produce's 36,000-square-foot refrigerated warehouse at MidAmerica Airport. The project is expected to bring 50 new jobs to the produce company and should be completed in August.  The investment is expected to strengthen the area's prospects of creating a long-term trade hub with China. According to the Belleville News-Democrat, North Bay has been in talks with owners of a 500-store grocery chain in China and is considering bringing additional aircraft into MidAmerica. MidAmerica is currently partnered with Ningbo Lishe International Airport in China to help export goods from the Midwest and South America to Chinese customers. (Read More)


Dialysis center moving to Alton (The Alton Telegraph, February 19, 2013)


By the end of this year, East Alton will be getting a $4.4 million dialysis center. Located in one of the new buildings going up on Professional Drive, the 10,244-square-foot facility will house the 19-station FMC Southwest Illinois dialysis center. According to the Alton Telegraph, site work on the building has begun with two phases of construction set to follow. (Read More)


Long Lake Fire Department putting up new administration building (Suburban Journals, February 15, 2013)


According to the Suburban Journals, construction recently began on a $1.25 million administration building at the Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department in Pontoon Beach. The 7,200-square-foot addition will replace a smaller addition that was approximately 63 years old and structurally unsound.  The building will house new administrative offices, training facilities, a meeting room, kitchen and a small area for firefighters to rest. The new building is being funded through a $1 million loan the Long Lake Volunteer Fire District has acquired.  The rest of the project will be funded through $250,000 in savings the district has built up over the last 12 years. Completion of the addition is being targeted for late September. (Read More)


Godfrey to improve Stamper Lane, bike trail (The Alton Telegraph, February 16, 2013)


According to the Alton Telegraph, Godfrey Village trustees have voted to move forward on a road improvement project and the construction of a bike trail. Work will be completed on Stamper Lane, from the Camelot Subdivision to the west entrance of Glazebrook Park, that will include resurfacing, curb and guttering and widening of the road.  In addition to the road improvements, a bike trail will be built, connecting Lewis and Clark Community College and Glazebrook Park. The Village has received a $94,000 grant from a Safe Routes to School grant to help fund the bike trail, and $300,000 in funds from the Surface Transportation Programs (STP) will go toward the Stamper Lane improvements. With no finish date established, the village will have to apply for more STP funds to fund the project past this year. (Read More)



Long-awaited Walmart, Sam's Club are getting close (Belleville News-Democrat, February 18, 2013)


According to the Belleville News-Democrat, the new Sam's Club and expanded Walmart Supercenter in Glen Carbon will open in August. The 129,000-square-foot existing Walmart will be expanding by 55,000 square feet and will include a grocery store, renovations to the parking and access roadways, and a design remodel. The project is expected to cost $5.57 million and create 80 jobs. A 136,000-square-foot Sam's club will open up on the sites of the former Do-It Center and Four Flags Motors, which sit across the street from Walmart. The building will include a gas station and a pharmacy and will create 175 jobs. Mine subsidence and environmental contamination cleanup work was estimated to cost $6.7 million alone and will be paid via a temporary 1 percent sales tax that was added for that building, as well as through half of the sales tax Glen Carbon will receive from Sam's Club. After the incentive package expires, Glen Carbon will receive an estimated $750,000 a year in sales taxes from the building. (Read More)


Repairs OK'd for New Poag Road (The Edwardsville Intelligencer, February 25, 2013)


According to the Edwardsville Intelligencer, approximately $925,000 will be spent on upgrades to New Poag Road in Edwardsville. Improvements include widening the road near the proposed Enclave West student apartments, pavement striping, incorporating new signal lights and a left turn lane at Stadium Drive and Northwest University Drive, and installing drainage structures and stabilizing shoulders. The Madison County Board recently approved to fund $660,000 of the project. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will contribute $125,000, while Leadership Council member Impact Strategies, developer of Enclave West, will cover $140,000. (Read More)



In Other News



Dunstan to chair East-West Gateway Council (Belleville News-Democrat, February 27, 2013)

The Belleville News-Democrat has reported that Madison County Chairman Alan Dunstan, a Leadership Council member, will serve as chairman of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments for 2013. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay will serve as vice chairman, and fellow Leadership Council member and St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern will serve as second vice chairman. (Read More)



Olin munitions unit wins $14 million Army contract (St. Louis Business Journal, February 28, 2013)

According to the St. Louis Business Journal, the Olin Corp.'s Winchester Division in East Alton has been selected to manufacture ammunition for the U.S. Army. The company won a $14.5 million contract to supply the Army with ammunition over the next 18 months. (Read More)



Contact Information

Ellen Krohne

 Executive Director

Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



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