BELLVILLE — An unpromising looking corner in downtown Bellville may be turned into something viewed as an improvement.
Jim Hill took a proposal to build a new structure at the corner of Main Street and Durbin to members of the village’s Planning Commission, which met Monday night.
The corner lot there is now occupied frequently by semi trailer trucks. It sits across Durbin from the Duke and Duchess station.
Hill said the building would be used by Edward Jones Investments. He has worked for Edward Jones for 16 years.
He said his plan would “clean up that edge of town.”
Hill questioned what is necessary under village code for building such a structure. He said his look at the requirements for submitting a site plan made it look as though $8,000 to $9,000 would be required to do just that.
His idea is to use two of the three lots at that location. The building would be placed on a slab, without a basement.
He and his staff would use the offices in the building, and there would have to be space for parking.
The building would be about 4,500 square feet, said Hill.
Brian McCartney, civil engineer for the village, indicated not all things listed on site plan information would be required.
The commission talked about sign requirements for such a building.
Mayor Teri Brenkus told Hill the village “appreciates your investment.” When it comes to signs, she said the main requirement is that there be “no blinking neon.”
She said she thinks the building “will be a huge improvement.”
Village administrator Larry Weirich said he doesn’t think there is any “issue with” the size of building Hill is proposing.
Brad Smith, chairman of the commission, said he would hate to see “the dust and dirt” at that site go down the drain.
The vacant lot is currently dirt, and water sometimes pools in it when it rains.
Hill said he thinks preliminary and final plans could be submitted next month. Marking for locations of utilities was going to be done in the next few days, he said.