- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—The west end of Shelbyville could receive a much-needed facelift with the acceptance of a business district plan by the City Council.

The proposed West Main Street Business District includes the area west of the Routes 16 and 128 North intersection past Walmart to the west edge of the city limits. The area includes 274 acres, or 103 land parcels. The area meets the definition of a “blighted area”, which enables the city to impose an additional retailers’ occupation tax or service occupation tax.

Julian Jacquin, project manager for Economic Development Resources of St. Louis said the area is an economic, social, health and safety liability and “does meet the qualifying standards for a business district.”

“The area is basically a victim of economic underutilization. The business growth doesn’t keep up with the rate of inflation,” Jacquin said.

Jacquin noted that the area is lacking in sidewalks, curbing and guttering systems, pedestrian signals, crosswalk lanes, and working streetlights He said the city confirmed the water mains are old and inadequate for a business district. He also noted that a number of buildings are deteriorated and that garbage trash cans, dumpsters and grease traps attract animals and are breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other insects.

By designating the business district, the additional tax may be used to improve the area.

Plans and projected budgets and revenue are available for viewing at City Hall before final approval expected in August.


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