By Martha Stoffel
O’FALLON – The O’Fallon City Council gave final approval Monday night for the city’s newest tunnel car wash, Rainstorm Car Wash, to be located at the corner of Frank Scott Parkway and Hartman Lane.
The proposed development has received much discussion over the last month. The project was not recommended by the city’s planning commission on January 8, but was approved by the community development committee the following week to proceed to council.
Comments made during community development meetings have primarily focused on traffic concerns. The development will have a single entrance/exit located on Hartman Lane. The project was not given approval for an additional entrance/exit on Frank Scott Parkway.
Traffic was again discussed during Monday’s council meeting, with Ward 4 Alderman John Drolet indicating he is fully supportive of business’s being able to develop a property in the manner they see fit, so long as it conforms to the city’s standards. “The problem is the city has an obligation to make sure that traffic flow that is a result of that property does not interfere with traffic on either Hartman Lane or Frank Scott Parkway, and this layout is just trying to squeeze something into an area that just doesn’t fit.” Drolet, along with Ward 5 Alderwoman Gwen Randolph voted against approving the preliminary plat for the project. Randolph did not indicate why she was opposed to the project.
Randolph’s fellow Ward 5 Alderman, Chris Monroe, spoke in favor of the project reminding council that “they (Rainstorm) have bent over backwards to do everything we’ve asked them to do, they follow every ordinance. Traffic is not their problem, it’s the city and the county’s problem.”
In other council action:
• Approval of the preliminary plat, annexation agreement, amendment to the future land use map and zoning for the development and land known as Seven Hills Mixed Use Development. The mixed-use project is for approximately 27-acres that sits just north of Wesley Drive on the east side N. Seven Hills Road, and will consists of office, senior living and residential land uses.
• Approval of the subdivision of land to be known as the Regency Park Medical Offices Minor Subdivision.
• Approval of the annexation of approximately 213.27 acres on the northwest quadrant of Shiloh Valley Township Line Road and Rieder Road.
• Approval of resolutions tied to the new investments approved recently by the investment committee with PMS Financial Network, Inc. and PMS Securities, Inc and the Declaration of Trust of the Illinois Trust.
• Approval on first reading of the ordinance limiting parking on the east side of North Smiley Street north of Wesley Drive during the hours of 8:00am to 4:00pm when school is in session.
• Approval on first reading of the ordinance amendment that adds a property tax abatement incentive to the St. Clair County MidAmerica Enterprise Zone. The mayor indicated a public meeting with the District 90 and 203 school boards and superintendents will be held to discuss their voluntary participation in the property tax abatement incentives on February 12 at 5:00pm at OTHS.