This stretch of Illinois 159 is among the few undeveloped sites along the highway in Edwardsville and Glen Carbon.
GLEN CARBON — The 54-acre site of the former Foucek family nursery on Troy Road is one of the few vacant spots along Illinois 159 in Edwardsville and Glen Carbon. At its regular meeting in July, the Glen Carbon Village Board and administrators heard preliminary plans to change that landscape in the near future.
Brent Beumer, vice president of real estate and corporate counsel for Dierbergs Markets, presented to the board preliminary plans that outline development of the property as a commercial and retail shopping center. There have been no specific retailers or commercial tenants released at this time, but board members were assured there was significant interest in the development.
No final timeline was established for proposal approval and development, but discussions and studies are moving forward.
The Foucek nursery first became part of the Illinois 159 area redevelopment in the early 2000s, when the Illinois Department of Transportation took steps to secure 6 acres for road development. Since that time, the landscape surrounding the former nursery and family home has changed significantly with the addition of the Edwardsville Crossing development to the north.
The village played a role in the redevelopment, as the Edwardsville Crossing property is actually a split development. Property south of the center road of the development, including Best Buy, 54th Street Bar and Grill, Texas Roadhouse, and the newly opened Ross Dress for Less, Kirkland’s and Men’s Wearhouse, are all in Glen Carbon village limits. The proposal for the new development is actually south of Governor’s Parkway and is focused on the site of the former nursery.
Village Administrator Jamie Bowden said the Dierbergs Markets Development Group has maintained first right of refusal on the Foucek property, currently held in trust. When the trust decided to sell the property, the developers moved into a contingency contract to purchase the land with a designated deadline to provide development approval. They approached the village with preliminary plans of a retail and commercial development that will include an anchor retail property.
“The initial request from the developers included potential incentives such as establishment of a business district or an economic impact agreement,” Bowden said. “As a result of the initial discussions, the developers have agreed to fund an $80,000 escrow account to allow the village to hire engineering, financial and development consultants. These consultants will look at all aspects of the proposal such as revenue projections and environmental impact of the development of this parcel to determine if this makes sense for the village.
“To my knowledge, this will be the first project brought to the village board for proposed development of that 54-acre plot of land,” Bowden said. “If all the preliminary reports come back favorably, both sides — the developers and the village — will begin the process of approval that will include committee and administrative reviews and, of course, public meetings for resident input.”