Construction could soon begin on the new O’Reilly Auto Parts store in St. Clair.
The St. Clair Board of Aldermen approved 4-0 the final plat for the new building, which will be located at 1215 N. Main St., which is basically the corner of Plaza Drive and Route 47.
A residence that currently occupies that property will have to be demolished.
The approval of the site plan came with several conditions recommended by the planning board last month.
One condition is that the entrance on the east side of the property line which accesses Route 47 be relocated 220 feet from Plaza Drive, as per the requirements from the Missouri Department of Transportation.
The south entrance on Plaza Drive also will be moved farther west to allow a greater distance between the intersection of the Route 47 entrance. It will be a “right turn in, right turn out” only entrance with a “pork chop” median that delivery trucks can roll over, but cars can’t.
The planning board also recommended a privacy fence be constructed.
MoDOT Senior Traffic Specialist Jeff Lappe sent a letter to the engineer for O’Reilly stating he found the amended entrances to be satisfactory.
Chris Evans, a project administrator with O’Reilly Automotive, Inc., said he wasn’t sure when construction would begin on the new store.
“It has to go through the design phase before it comes back to me,” he said. “So I really don’t know when we will begin the construction phase.”
The company has said it expects hours of operation will be from about 7:30 a.m. to 8 or 9 p.m.
O’Reilly Automotive Inc. has its headquarters in Springfield. It started with a single store in that city in 1957.
Currently, according to information on its website, there are 4,571 stores in 44 states that employ more than 71,000 people.