O'Fallon Weekly November 14, 2018

Marching Panthers make history at BOA Grand Nationals Page 9 Wednesday November 14, 2018 Vol. 4, No. 30 $1.00 Southview Plaza demolition underway the years. Some of them being: Papa John’s Pizza, Laundry Spa, Ice Cream Haven, World Martial Southview Plaza, currently Arts, House of Hunan, Hana undergoing its initial stages of Beauty Supply, Pannu’s Gift demolition, was originally built and Jewelry, East Gate Grocery, in phases, with the first building Dollar General, Sara’s Hallmark, breaking ground on June 29, Anne’s Hallmark, Jan’s Hallmark, 1959, according to president of Movie Mania, Shana’s Hair De- the O’Fallon Historical Society, sign, Dragon Palace, Plaza Drugs, Brian Keller. Smith Drugs, His Shop, Keck’s Keller said that he believes the Tom Boy, Plaza Liquors, Plaza tenant of the first building, which Barber Shop, Plaza Music and faced Route 50, was Keck’s Hobbies, Feichert’s Bakery, John/ Tomboy. Charles Beauty Salon, Peters “The building they're tearing Plaza Shoes, Fashion Shoppe, down first was finished in 1965 Southview Hardware, Thrifty with Western Auto being the first Variety, Western Auto, B & M principal tenant -- they moved Cleaners, Donut Palace, Schia- there from 105 W. First,” Keller ppa’s, One Hour Martinizing, said. “Western Auto was there J.A. Severn’s Men’s Shop, Prime until 2001 when they closed.” Leather, Something Special, St Keller said that in 1998, the Clair Travel Service, Smiley city of O’Fallon sent out marke- Insurance Agency, Magic Mirror ting packets to potential develo- Beauty Shop, Keg, Crate & Ba- pers which started out by saying rrel, The Ole Keg, Barrel Room that demolition of Southview Restaurant, Southview Laun- Plaza was the only way to make dromat, P.N. Hirsch, Bollmeier the property viable long-term. Hobby Shop, Wessel’s, Déjà vu “The only problem was that Hair Design, Future Kids, Mud the city neglected to tell the Hut Ceramics, Schmitt Music, businesses in Southview about Fab & Trim, J.B. Ltd Jewelry and that.  That sure caused a fuss,” Gifts, Floral Décor, O’Fallon TV Keller said. “So, you could say & VCR Repair, Montage Used Demolition of the western portion of Southview Plaza began on Friday morning. by then it was perceived as being (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller) Books, Diane’s Garden, Simple in decline.  Obviously, demolition Subs, J R’s Antiques, Taylor in 1998 didn't happen.” Academy of Dance, JFK High- southern edge of the property. Franklin, Andrea’s Hair Design. Dairy, Gil Klein’s TV and Appli- Keller said that there is a len- line Consignment, The Beauty “Once demolition on the pro- “I've heard more than a few ance, Shur Clean Carpets, Quest gthy list of businesses that have Shop, Weil Clothing, Southview perty is complete, the area will say that Southview Plaza is Internet Gaming Center, Micro existed in Southview Plaza over Cleaners, Keg & Crate Little Alternative, The Young Set, Ben synonymous with ‘eyesore'.  That become more attractive to poten- tial developers,” Litteken said. may be true now but “We are working hard to help I think it's also im- promote a redevelopment of this portant to remember site into one that the community that in its day it was will be proud of. This is a great a thriving modern opportunity for O’Fallon.” shopping center that Calendar................................................. 2 Mayor Herb Roach said that was anything but an News................................................... 3-4 the last section to go will be eyesore to O’Fallo- Law & Order........................................... 5 where Papa John’s resides, “we nites,” Keller said. need to wait for their move to a “I know its time is Business.................................................. 6 new location.” past but it's still sad Education..............................................7-9 The next step in the demolition to see it go -- a lot of Health & Wellness ����������������������������������10 memories and history process will be clean up of soil Sports....................................................11 in areas needed, according to are in that place.”   Roach. Assistant City Community........................................ 12-13 Roach said that several con- Administrator Milestones......................................... 14-15 cepts of redevelopment have Grant Litteken said Vantage Point.........................................16 “floated” but there is nothing that demolition of Lifestyle..................................................17 definite at this time. Southview Plaza “We are going to work with will begin with the Fun & Games..........................................18 the property owner to get new buildings bordering Marketplace...........................................19 Southview Plaza circa 1963 development,” he said. Lincoln and at the (Photo courtesy of Brian Keller) By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter In This Edition Bon Appétit........................................... 20