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Shiloh grapples with redevelopment plan

By Adam Allington, KWMU

Shiloh, Ill. – Some citizens of Shiloh, in the Metro East, are urging the town's board of trustees to hold off re-zoning land to accommodate a new development.

The board is scheduled to vote on the issue Monday.

"Three Springs at Shiloh" is a proposed 270-acre development by McEagle Properties.

That's the same company that raised controversy recently by purchasing hundreds of parcels in north St. Louis.

Bill Sweger is with a group called "Citizens for Shiloh's Future."

He said the city should require a land-swap for more green space before rezoning.

"When Shiloh grows from 12,000 currently to 20-30,000 in the next 5, 10, 15 years, we're going to need space for expansion, and if we don't plan on it now we won't have it later," Sweger said.

The property in question includes a 79-acre park across the street from land recently purchased by BJC-Healthcare.

McEagle Chairman Paul McKee is also BJC's board chairman.

McEagle Properties spokesman Ron O'Connor said the firm has responded to community input and needs a rezoning decision now in order to secure financing for the project.

"We're talking now about now a much smaller project then originally proposed, but still a project that would generate millions of dollars in taxes for the local community," O'Connor said. "After eight months its time to move ahead."

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