Agreements for redevelopment in downtown, new veterinary clinic approved by committee

By Martha Stoffel

O’FALLON – The Community Development Committee approved to move to council two redevelopment agreements for properties on East First Street in Downtown O’Fallon. 

The agreements allow for the developers to receive reimbursement of eligible expenses from the Central City TIF. The first is for the redevelopment of the building at 105-109 East First Street, one space is currently leased by Furchild Pet Boutique. The second is for the development of the project known as First Street Exchange, to be located at 131 East First Street. Construction is ongoing, with half the space pre-leased to a popular, local coffee and cupcake bar. 

The committee also approved to send to council a development known as Advanced Veterinary Clinic, LLC to be located at 706 and 800 East Highway 50. The properties were previously occupied by Memorial Healthcare. The applicant is Dr. Jim Bollmeier. 

The larger building will be used for veterinary exams, surgical procedures, and limited boarding of patient animals. The smaller building will primarily be used for day boarding and grooming. 

Residents on Holliday Drive have raised concerns to the city and planning commission regarding drainage along the south side of the development, noise and odors from dogs outside, and buffer requirements. No residents were present at the community development committee meeting. 

The committee amended the conditions for the project before approval. The Planning Commission had removed the staff recommendation of a six foot vinyl fence to be placed along the south side of the property, the committee put that condition back in the agreement. The Planning Commission added a condition for the city to evaluate drainage issues and concerns along the rear of the property. The city determined there to be a couple of places along the south side of the property that need to be addressed to prevent further erosion of the creek bed. The committee asked for verbiage be added requiring the property owner to resolve the issues the city’s inspection identified. The city also indicated there is work budgeted for FY20 along the east side of the property to help with some of the drainage issues.