Madison County has sold the former site of the Shelter Care Home to the city of Edwardsville. The county board voted unanimously to sell the property for $750,000 so the city can build a new police and fire station. The county board on Wednesday also approved extending the enterprise zone at the Gateway Commerce Center, pending additional approval from Edwardsville and Pontoon Beach.
The extension will mean 10 more years of tax benefits for the industrial park that sits along Illinois 255, Interstate 270, and Highway 111, along with property tax abatement for 7 to 10 years. The vote for the enterprise zone extension was 24-3, with some concern shared about flooding and drainage issues being experienced by people who live near the commerce park. For the sale of the old Shelter Care property to the city of Edwardsville, the city will make yearly payments to the county over the next five years. The county closed the home on South Main Street in 2008 and it was torn down. A small cemetery on the property, which closed in 1902, will be re-fenced and maintained by the city in the future.