City Administrator

          What’s Happening in Edwardsville

As schools start back and the city comes to life with Special Events and New Developments, it is exciting to see What’s Happening in Edwardsville.  There always seems to be something to do or see in our city, from events downtown to new restaurants and retail stores.  Below is just a few of the great things happening in Edwardsville in 2019.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Futures Tennis Tournament:  The Edwardsville Futures Tennis tournament returned for its 9th year at Edwardsville High School with over 100 players from 20 different countries.  Collaborating with the City of Edwardsville, District 7, and the EGHM Foundation this year’s event brought an estimated $250K in economic input to our city.

Criterium:  The 10th annual Rotary Criterium Festival sponsored by TheBANK of Edwardsville Busey Bank, was another exciting fun filled event.  The city was buzzing with events for kids and adults alike.

Edwardsville Art Fair:  The Edwardsville Art Fair is fast approaching on Sept 27-29th in City Park next to the Library.  This year’s event has already attracted almost 100 artists for this three-day event.

Living the History Days: A Chautauqua!  City Park will host a new event this year called “A Chautauqua”.  Hosted by the Madison County Historical Society a festival honoring a 19th century recreation of an entertainment event featuring Mark Twain and Booker T. Washington to mention a few on Sept 21 from 3-7pm.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:

Hershey Chocolates:  Hershey has added an additional 300,000 sq. /ft. into their existing warehouse distribution facility increasing the footprint to 1.3M sq. /ft. with a project cost of $4.5M.  More chocolate for all and job security for our local dentists.

Amazon:  Amazon is retrofitting their distribution center to handle large items (to include televisions) with a project cost of $1.9M.

Target:  Target is adding solar rooftop panels to reduce energy costs.  The solar project will generate enough energy to support between 15 to 40% of the store’s needs.

Moussalli’s Prime:  Moussalli’s Prime will be opening later this month in the old Andria’s Steakhouse location.  They will be serving steak, seafood, and fine dining with an updated and renovated indoor and outdoor eating experience.

Kloss Furniture:  Kloss Furniture opened a 40,000 sq. ft. showroom in May located on route 157.  The store features a large mattress gallery, an upper end furniture department, and a Kloss outlet center.  They have interior designers on staff to help you when you visit the store or come to your home for complimentary design help for all of your furniture needs.

EXO:  EXO is a cocktail lounge and nail bar in one, as a special place to meet, relax, and escape.   Be prepared to be pampered in an environment built around your senses.  You won’t need to travel to New York, Chicago, or Las Vegas to experience a spa getaway.

Lions Choice:  Lions Choice restaurant is returning to Edwardsville and will be located between Steak-n Shake and Pizza Hut on Troy Road.  Specializing is roast beef sandwiches and much more.

Anderson Hospital Edwardsville:  Anderson Hospital has started construction on a new ambulatory surgical treatment and pediatric specialty clinic located on Goshen Road across from the YMCA.

HOUSING

Hawthorne Hills:  Single-family homes and villas located on Goshen Rd, west of the YMCA; amenities includes a community center with a pool area.  Phase II has been approved for additional space for 157 total lots. 

Whispering Heights:  An upscale luxury apartment development with 153 studio style units designed for professionals, empty nesters, and retirees.  It will also be comprised of retail and restaurant space on the ground level and is slated to finish in late 2020.

Edwardsville Town Center:  A lifestyle concept development with 170 units with retail shops located on the corner of Governors Parkway and Route 157.  With easy accessibility to the Madison County Transit Bike Trails.

SCHOOLS

Edwardsville School District 7:  Jason Henderson named new Superintendent of Schools is working to create an environment of transparency and open communication.  He is all about advancing technology in the schools to both our teachers and students.   Edwardsville High School rated 10 out of 10 by https://www.greatschools.org/.  The highest rated in the Metro East.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville:  The City of Edwardsville was recently named among the safest college towns in the nation. Strong partnership with SIUE has continued with the SIUE Community Collaborative program allowing college students to work with city staff on everything from the study of environment impacts to economic growth and engineering.

PARKS

Corlew Park:  We have added a new playground with eco turf surfacing, upgraded the very popular dog park, and the Splash Pad has been a huge success. 

DRDA Woods:  Part of the 200 acres of natural green space within the city, DRDA Woods has planted 1900 trees and over seeded grassy areas while allowing a natural habitat to blossom.  

Watershed Nature Park:  This popular park is in the middle of a project titled “Access Nature” improving access from MCT Bike Trails, lighting, and new entrance enhancements to the park.  They have partnered with SIUE and District 7 to provide instructor lead nature trips with in the park.

Plummer Family Sports Park:  The park is over halfway complete and the city has already attracted attention from local and regional partners wanting to reserve the baseball, soccer, and pickleball courts. The YMCA has partnered with the city to move the soccer program to the park on Saturdays along with Glen Ed Soccer funding a third synthetic field for league play and tournaments.  Softball and baseball leagues and tournaments are already booked through 2020.  The pickleball courts are almost complete and we are scheduling lessons, tournaments, and league play.

I certainly have not captured everything that is Happening in Edwardsville but as you can see, it has already been a busy 2019 and we still have four months to go.  Our city is growing and the small town charm of Edwardsville is thriving.   In a recent meeting I heard on of our firefighters refer to our city as “Bettersville.”  He is correct; we are working hard every day to make Edwardsville Better.


- Kevin Head, City Administrator