Official preparations soon should be able to begin for a local business to expand after the St. Clair Board of Aldermen approved a minor subdivision and a warehouse site plan during its meeting on Monday.
Both items were approved by unanimous votes from the four-member board.
The affected property is Industrial Development Authority land located in the St. Clair Business Park west of Highway 47. The newly relocated Interstate 44 North Outer Road provides access to the parcel.
The subdivision splits the tract of land into three parcels. Two lots are west of the North Service Road while the third is east of it. The expanding business, River’s Edge, is expected to use one of the western lots, which totals about 12.5 acres.
“We’re getting closer with all components to move forward with the River’s Edge project,” Mayor Ron Blum said.
The final pieces of the puzzle should be the funding mechanisms — the approval of the St. Clair Enhanced Enterprise Zone and a Community Development Block Grant. A public hearing for CDBG funding for water and sewer extensions for the project is scheduled for July 1.
Both the subdivision and warehouse site plan were recommended by the city’s planning and zoning board earlier this month. The proposed warehouse will cover 100,000 square feet and will include an office area. The warehouse measures 335 by 300 feet with an additional 60- by 76-foot attached office space.
The proposed plan conforms to all current city ordinances, planning board Chairman Myrna Turner said.
River’s Edge currently is located along North Commercial Avenue.
The actual applicant on both the subdivision request and the plat is City Administrator Rick Childers through the St. Clair IDA. River’s Edge is listed on the site plan review application. The development is called the River’s Edge Expansion.
The property is zoned I-1 light industrial.
“This is land created by the addition of the new North Outer Road,” Childers said during the June 17 aldermen meeting. “The subdivision breaks the west portion of that property into two lots so we then have three marketable properties.”
The parcel of land that subdivided was purchased by the city from Helen Jones. It is west of Highway 47 and north of Miller Drive. Total acreage is more than 25 acres, and the new North Service Road cuts through the property.
“We’re working with this business to put in the building,” Childers said earlier this month.
The IDA board submitted the requests to the city “to keep the project moving forward,” Childers said.
He said that River’s Edge also will construct a road that accesses Bolte Lane to the west at TLC Parkway. Additionally, gravel will be laid in order to provide fire district access from the I-44 North Service Road.
St. Clair Fire Protection District Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal Craig Sullivan has reviewed and approved the plans.
River’s Edge is a local business that has expressed an interest in taking advantage of the EEZ proposed for the St. Clair area as well as along the I-44 corridor between Stanton and Villa Ridge. The city is waiting for a final decision from the state on the proposed EEZ, which would provide tax abatements for businesses that qualify through a set of conditions.
That decision could come by the end of this month.
River’s Edge plans to purchase the property where the warehouse will be located. The expanded facility will provide several new jobs.
The company advertises itself as the “premier source for innovative and exciting gift, decor and novelty items for the outdoor and horse/Western enthusiast.