Downtown Facade Program Winners Announced

We know that you have seen it. The Downtown District is becoming awesome. People are flocking to O’Fallon’s downtown every day. To help encourage further progress, the City of O’Fallon created a competitive grant program to help encourage growth in the Downtown District. This matching grant (up to approximately $15k) can be used by property… Continue reading

We know that you have seen it. The Downtown District is becoming awesome. People are flocking to O’Fallon’s downtown every day.

To help encourage further progress, the City of O’Fallon created a competitive grant program to help encourage growth in the Downtown District. This matching grant (up to approximately $15k) can be used by property owners to improve the exteriors of their buildings and make Downtown beautiful. The goal is to make the District even more AWESOME and BEAUTIFUL than it already is!

There were 9 submissions and not enough money for everyone. So, after a competitive process. Each submission was judged by a committee of O’Fallon residents, engineers and architects. It was a tough choice, but the time has come…

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2019/2020 Downtown District Facade Improvement Program:

The Outdoorsman (127 East First Street)

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227 West First Street

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1st Street Lounge:

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Lehman’s Barber Shop (123 East State Street):

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Steven Muller Florist (101 West State Street):

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The grant winners now have six months to begin construction on the improvements of their facades. The property owners will receive grant funding in the form of reimbursement for costs of thier facade improvement after the work is complete.

Money from the Central City Redevelopment Tax Increment Financing District were used for the facade improvement grant program.

Want to know more, or ask about how you can become a part of the program? Reach Out To Us.  

Learn more about the Downtown District at www.ofallondowntowndistrict.com

Why Should You Build It Here?

Who better to hear from about success than those who have created it? Success Stories from Gregg, Brad, Kathy, and Megan will leave you asking only one question: What are you waiting for? The time is now.   After you watch the video, wait no more. Drop us an email. Let’s get started on your success… Continue reading

Who better to hear from about success than those who have created it? Success Stories from Gregg, Brad, Kathy, and Megan will leave you asking only one question:

What are you waiting for? The time is now.

 

After you watch the video, wait no more. Drop us an email. Let’s get started on your success story.

O’Fallon, Illinois 2019 Year In Review

This year, O’Fallon, Illinois re-branded itself with a new look and tag line: “Build It Here.”  The new slogan holds weight as it seems that there is construction on every corner as many are choosing to “Build It In O’Fallon.” City officials Walter Denton, City Administrator, Ted Shekell, Community Development Director, Grant Litteken, Assistant City… Continue reading

This year, O’Fallon, Illinois re-branded itself with a new look and tag line: “Build It Here.”  The new slogan holds weight as it seems that there is construction on every corner as many are choosing to “Build It In O’Fallon.”

City officials Walter Denton, City Administrator, Ted Shekell, Community Development Director, Grant Litteken, Assistant City Administrator, and Justin Randall, Assistant Director of Community Development, sat down to discuss the positive developments on the horizon. The Projects stretch from one end of town to the other. Some $100 million in residential and commercial work was underway in 2019.

The recently completed $300 Million HSHS-St. Elizabeth’s Medical Campus has transformed the town and new commercial development is surrounding the campus, which sits directly at the busy Green Mount Road Exit of Interstate 64. This monumental construction project is paving the way for continued growth. In fact, a new cancer center is under construction next to HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital by Green Mount Enterprises, LLC. Space is being leased to HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois. The expected project completion date is early 2020.

While O’Fallon has experienced tremendous growth over the past ten years, they have their eyes set on the future. TriStar Properties, the Developer of Madison County’s Gateway Commerce Center, is hoping to develop 200-plus acres for warehouses and offices on the north side of I-64 at Exit 21, next to Scott Air Force Base. Zoning and enterprise zone considerations have been approved and much of the infrastructure to the site is in place. The expectations are that work will begin on the major development early in 2020.

Don’t let the excitement of the future detract from O’Fallon recent success. Commercial Growth continued in 2019, among O’Fallon’s big projects were three new hotels – all along Interstate 64. A Marriott Town Place Suites opened early in the year; Hampton Inn was expected to open early in 2020. The Hampton is 101 rooms and is attached to the Regency Conference Center. Across I-64, is a new Fairfield Inn, which will have 108 rooms and be open by summer.

Keystone Place, a senior residential community, is being built along Frank Scott Parkway. It has 152 units of independent, assisted and memory care living. On the north side of town, another senior project, Vantage Point, a community with 46 villa units, 25,000 square feet of office space and 140 units of independent, assisted and memory care, is going up just north of the YMCA on Seven Hills Road.

Aberdeen Village is being built just across Scott-Troy Road from the Metro RecPlex. There, Kappert Construction is building 240 townhome units. Infrastructure is underway now and the site also has three commercial out lots.

Just approved is the Shops of Richland Creek being developed by GBT Development of Nashville, at the corner of Greenmount and Central Park Drive, a 17-acre development with eight retail sites.

Also under construction is Insight Office Park next to Greenmount Road Harley-Davidson, with a planned six buildings and 54,000 square feet of office space. Most of the buildings are constructed and many already have tenants.

Already a Mecca for car sales in the St. Louis area, O’Fallon approved Serra Honda to build a lot for an additional 700 vehicles as well as two dealerships across from its current dealership on Central Park.

O’Fallon continues to promote its downtown and great parks amenities. The City is optimistic that popularity of O’Fallon’s O’Fallon Station and the Downtown District will lead to further growth. And, they are looking forward to the redevelopment of the old Southview Plaza site at Lincoln and Highway 50, which has been razed, and proposals for redevelopment are being entertained.

Printed in the Illinois Business Journal – Year in Review: https://www.ibjonline.com/

Thirty New Businesses Open Up Shop in O’Fallon

New businesses continue to open-up shop in O’Fallon. Between August and November 2019, 30 new businesses opened their doors. This community continues to be a great destination for businesses of any size, and any type. Business Business Type Address Phone Haven Chiropractic Care Chiropractic 102 Willow Drive, Suite A (618) 660-6181 Recycling Products Consulting Consulting… Continue reading

New businesses continue to open-up shop in O’Fallon. Between August and November 2019, 30 new businesses opened their doors.

This community continues to be a great destination for businesses of any size, and any type.

Business Business Type Address Phone
Haven Chiropractic Care Chiropractic 102 Willow Drive, Suite A (618) 660-6181
Recycling Products Consulting Consulting & Invoice Management 122 Longmead Drive (618) 792-5909
Wojytna Dental, LLC d/b/a Aspen Dental Dental Office 1707 W Hwy 50 (618) 206-5488
Homes by Janell Real Estate 107 W 1st Street (618) 444-6141
House of Ninjas Training/ Martial Arts 1334 Central Park Drive (314) 368-0041
Eagle Express LLC D/B/A The Mail Box Store Mailing & Shipping 637 W Highway 50 (618) 632-0022
You Korean & Japanese Best Cuisine Restaurant 108 Regency Park (419) 215-6695
The O’Fallon Firm Law Office 106 E Fourth Street, Suite 4 (618) 515-5555
Welcome Suites Hotel/Motel 148 Regency Park (618) 589-3696
Mueller Family Chiropractic Chiropractic 1337 Park Plaza, Suite 1 (618) 670-9520
The Harwell Group Literary Development 3 Eagle Center, Suite 2 (618) 365-1669
Bleymaier Consulting LLC Consulting 2032 Bellingham Circle (405) 850-6819
BLAJ World Internet 312 Benedictine Court (618) 772-4517
Prudence Wisdom’s Solutions, LLC Insurance 1017 S Walnut (618) 791-0930
Edward D. Jones & Co., L.P. Stockbroker/ Dealer 131 E 1st Street (618) 622-0725
First Watch Resturant #426 Restaurant 455-D Regency Park (618) 624-3440
Group 5 Properties, LLC Real Estate, Remodeling, Construction 696 Sturbridge Trail (573) 208-8383
General Dynamics Information Technology, Inc. IT Services 475 Regency Park, Suite 300 (618) 589-8544
Lisa Vorce Thrivent Financial Financial Planning 784 Wall Street, Suite 100 D (618) 567-6728
Hydro Clean Services, LLC Pressure Washing/ Lawn Care 949 Sturbridge Trail (314) 598-3623
TAT Data Solutions IT Consulting 230 Fieldspring Court (435) 830-4572
HK Sugar Cookies Bakery 1213 Waldman Court (314) 956-0253
Landmark Healthcare Facilities, LLC. Real Estate Property Management 3 St. Elizabeth Boulevard, Suite 3600 (618) 628-7263
Nanas Open Arms Daycare Day Care 1121 Elisabeth Drive (314) 585-6326
Northern Tool & Equipment Company, Inc. Retail 1230 Central Park Drive (952) 882-6902
Bossler Gardens Farm/Grower 602 S Walnut Street (618) 977-9052
WIT Café Café 821 Seibert Road (618) 604-3840
Pawsitively Happy Pet Services Pet Sitting 1001 S Lincoln Avenue (618) 581-6948
Kool Beans Inc. Coffee Shop 212 E State Street (618) 589-3843
Fairway Capital LLC d/b/a Fence & Deck Depot Fence Installation 1202 Paragon Drive (636) 441-7374

 

O’Fallon, Illinois – Build It Here.

Bank of O’Fallon – 60 Years Growing with the Community

Three brothers, Rick, Russ, and Jim Thoman were all born and raised in O’Fallon, IL. They are all proud to be a part of an institution that has spent 60 great years in O’Fallon. Many years ago, the trio’s late father, Russell Thoman, Sr., along with eight business partners, saw potential in the small growing… Continue reading

Three brothers, Rick, Russ, and Jim Thoman were all born and raised in O’Fallon, IL. They are all proud to be a part of an institution that has spent 60 great years in O’Fallon.

Many years ago, the trio’s late father, Russell Thoman, Sr., along with eight business partners, saw potential in the small growing town of O’Fallon and opened the Bank of O’Fallon.  At that time in the late 1950’s, there was only one other bank in town to serve the 4,000 O’Fallon residents.

If Russell Sr. could only see his bank and hometown he would be impressed. Today, the City of O’Fallon is home to over 30,000 residents and the Bank of O’Fallon has over 7,500 account holders. Despite the bank’s (and community’s) growth, the values instituted by Russell Sr. over sixty years ago still hold true.

Today, the Thomans find the bank unique compared to others due to the fact that most of the bank’s directors and officers live and work in the area.  They give credit to their amazing, dedicated staff whom most have worked there over 20 years for their amazing success.

The three expressed how fortunate they were to be a part of the O’Fallon community. Since they just finished celebrating their 60th Anniversary, the three majority owners had the opportunity to grow as the city flourishes as well.  Managing the bank drew them into the community, which is full of “friendly, actively involved individuals to network with,” they said.    Image result for bank of o'fallon

“We’re not dealing with just customers, but they are our friends and we establish relationships with these individuals,” Rick states.

In fact, they claim their favorite aspect of operating the bank is that they are able to be “business partners” in a certain respect, with the people of O’Fallon. Whether individuals need a loan to start an operation, or open a new account for their new business, they love being there to assist the community with their goals and aspirations. They assure that getting to “share success with people” is the most rewarding feeling.

To commemorate their 60 years in O’Fallon, the bank held a party at their institution on October 12. “We just wanted to say thanks to the community for their support and wanted everyone to join in on the celebration with us,” Rick claimed. Hundreds joined the family to celebrate the anniversary, and hopefully welcome another 60 years in O’Fallon!

 

O’Fallon Downtown District Wins OLGA Award

The City of O’Fallon, O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce, and O’Fallon Downtown District were recently presented with the Exemplary Collaboration, Partnership or Regional Initiative Award the East-West Gateway Council of Governments’ 2019 Outstanding Local Government Achievement Awards. The award was given for the partnership formed between the City, Chamber, and local businesses that has transformed the… Continue reading

The City of O’Fallon, O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce, and O’Fallon Downtown District were recently presented with the Exemplary Collaboration, Partnership or Regional Initiative Award the East-West Gateway Council of Governments’ 2019 Outstanding Local Government Achievement Awards.

The award was given for the partnership formed between the City, Chamber, and local businesses that has transformed the City’s downtown area into a flourishing hub of community activity and commerce.

“O’Fallon’s downtown is really special, and it continues to get better and better,” said Mayor Herb Roach. “There are a lot of people to thank and congratulate for winning this award but most of all we must thank the residents of O’Fallon for supporting their downtown.”

The proof is in the receipts: over the past eight years, sales activity in downtown O’Fallon has increased by 177 percent and food and beverage revenue has increased by 134 percent!

Several key initiatives served to spearhead the revitalization of the downtown. First, the City of O’Fallon commissioned a downtown action plan and established a Tax Increment Finance (TIF) district for the area. This was followed by the construction of O’Fallon Station, a pavilion and gathering space that holds events throughout the year, including a popular farmers market (The Vine Street Market), that draws thousands every week.

As the City was undertaking this effort, business owners and the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce formed the O’Fallon Downtown District, which worked with the marketing firm Atomicdust to completely revamp the branding, marketing, signage, and online presence of the area.

The City of O’Fallon added over 125 paved and lighted parking spaces in downtown to help with the parking demand. The City also installs holiday lighting to help encourage and improve a number of new events during the holiday season.

This coordinated approach from planning to action steps makes downtown O’Fallon’s resurgence from forgotten commercial corridor to a bustling hub of energy and source of community pride a truly remarkable accomplishment.

More information about the Downtown District can be found at www.ofallondowntowndistrict.com.

Each year, the East-West Gateway Council of Governments presents its Outstanding Local Government Achievement Awards recognizing the extraordinary work of municipal, county, special purpose and school district officials in the St. Louis region. This year’s awards were presented at the East-West Gateway’s annual meeting on November 13, 2019.

St Clair Bowl Draws Thousands to OFallon

The St. Clair Bowl just celebrated its 42nd birthday in O’Fallon. In its earliest days, it was an indoor skating rink. Years later, it is one of the Midwest’s largest bowling destinations bringing thousands of people into O’Fallon throughout the year. St. Clair Bowl is an economic generator for O’Fallon, especially when each of their… Continue reading

The St. Clair Bowl just celebrated its 42nd birthday in O’Fallon. In its earliest days, it was an indoor skating rink. Years later, it is one of the Midwest’s largest bowling destinations bringing thousands of people into O’Fallon throughout the year.

St. Clair Bowl is an economic generator for O’Fallon, especially when each of their tournaments bring in around 3,500-4,000 people to town. When you add up the cost of the bowling tournament, food, and hotel, the average person attending a tournament at St. Clair spends $168 per night.  Taking into consideration that it hosts about 18 tournaments a year with between 100-1000 participants each tournament, you can see St. Clair Bowl has a large economic impact for O’Fallon and surrounding area.

The bowling alley has formed exceptional relationships with local schools and takes pride in funding many school bowling programs.  McKendree University Bearcats, one of the top bowling teams in the nation, calls St. Clair Bowl their “home court” for both men’s and women’s teams. McKendree has won multiple national championships and grown numerous All-Americans from their home at St. Clair Bowl.

The bowling alley is owned by Matt and Kris Shellabarger, who put everything they have into ensuring the bowl is an enjoyable establishment for people of all ages.

The St. Clair Bowl offers 50 lanes with the most modern bowling technology. It holds the Bowler’s Shoppe, which sells shoes, clothes, and other bowling retail. Inside the shop, you’re likely to find 2007 PBA Champion Mike Mineman who will drill your own bowling ball right in the store!

St. Clair Bowl goes above and beyond for their children’s programs. Their youth Saturday program has over 100 children participating and offers the ability for the kids to earn scholarships. The bowling alley also sponsors a summer “Kids Bowl Free” program, which is perfect for either a scorching July afternoon or a rainy day destined for the inside activities.

“Here, we are selling togetherness,” Shellabarger says. “If people are having fun, then we have done our job.”

St. Clair Bowl is located at 5950 Old Collinsville Rd, O’Fallon, IL 62269.

Fall Events Lined Up in O’Fallon

A flash mob performing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” a surprise appearance by the Headless Horseman, both human and pet costume contests, and a cauldron crawl with special food and drink specials will highlight the inaugural Witches & Wizards Night Out on Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Downtown O’Fallon District. That’s one of several Halloween-themed events dominating… Continue reading

A flash mob performing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” a surprise appearance by the Headless Horseman, both human and pet costume contests, and a cauldron crawl with special food and drink specials will highlight the inaugural Witches & Wizards Night Out on Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Downtown O’Fallon District.

That’s one of several Halloween-themed events dominating the city’s calendar this month. There will be more treats than tricks for both the adult festivities and those geared towards children.

Whitney Leidner, who owns Refinery Salon, has been fiercely committed to getting the Downtown District on people’s radar, and is one of the organizers of the Witches and Wizards Night Out.

Other towns have “Witches Night Out,” which usually involves shopping, dining and entertainment for women only, but Leidner said they wanted to include men — thus the “Wizards.”

“With cosplay and Harry Potter, a lot of guys are more interested in wizards, so this sets ours apart a little,” Leidner said. “We have 3,000 people ‘interested’ in our event on Facebook.”

Leidner did not want to reveal all the surprises, but the O’Fallon Township High School Golden Girls is producing the “Thriller” dance for the flash mob.

The evening kicks off at 5 p.m. and they are promoting the event as for people age 21 and over. Participants are asked to start at the haunted caboose and for $5, adults can get a wristband for purchasing alcohol. They won’t be carded at each location, Leidner said.

The opening ceremony will feature a reggae “Witch Dance” made famous in Germany in 2016, with the Wolfshager Hexenbrut, aka The Wolf Hunter’s Coven, and became a viral video all over the world. In America, the dance has become associated with Halloween, aka “Samhain.”

Kelli Derengowski of North Carolina revised the German choreography for Americans. The 2008 song, “Shake Your Bacon” in English, by Peter Fox, a German reggae-pop artist, has become an anthem for female empowerment.

O’Fallon’s Unity and Wellness Yoga will lead the dance.

“This should be interesting. I didn’t know this was a thing but apparently it is,” Leidner said. “There are videos all over You Tube.”

The cauldron crawl stops at 9 p.m. and several downtown restaurants and bars are participating, with special theme drinks and food specials. A witches market will include a variety of vendors.

A costume contest will take place at the O’Fallon VFW Post 805 and one at Furchild for pets.

“It’s a huge event with lots of categories,” Leidner said.

Additionally, Bellissimo Photography will take boardwalk pictures, and the event will feature a DJ, gypsies and fortune tellers, Headless Horseman, and more

Leidner is appreciative of the business owners embracing the possibilities of drawing people downtown and the city’s support.

“The city did tell us that big people are looking at downtown O’Fallon. They feel the energy and want to be a part of it. They have been very encouraging in what we are trying to do, and it’s nice to feel wanted,” she said. “The downtown business owners are enjoying getting to know each other. We’re all so busy but this gives us a chance to talk to each other and make a connection.”

Here are additional upcoming events in O’Fallon:

PEEL BREWING COMPANY OKTOBERFEST — SATURDAY, OCT. 5

Peel Brewing Company, 104 S. Cherry St., has organized outdoor activities between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to celebrate German heritage and feature its craft beers, including a special Oktoberfest brew, Into Wit. The festivities include a food zone, kids area, beer Olympics, authentic German best dressed contest and live music.

They have added other local food vendors to help grow their event, including 1818 Chophouse, Sugarfire, Sweet Katie Bee’s Organic Bakery-Café, Gias Pizza, and Flamentco’s The Place.

Limited 2019 Oktoberfest Mugs will be available for $10, and gates open at 11 a.m. to sell the 16.9 ounce commemorative container. The first fill will be free, and there is a special beverage promotion — “More Beer for Your Buck Refills.” Live music includes Mr. Deborah from noon to 2:30 p.m., followed by Steel Creek from 3-6 p.m.

Stacey and Jonah from The Arch (Radio Station 106.5 FM) morning show will be on hand in the afternoon.

Here is a rundown of some additional events in O’Fallon in October:

DOWNTOWN DOG DAYS — SATURDAY, OCT. 12

Downtown Dog Days Julie Hughes of Furchild said this one is about pet wellness. There will even be a pet costume contest…

ROTARY HALLOWEEN PARADE — SATURDAY, OCT. 26

O’Fallon Rotary Clubs and the Downtown District businesses will celebrate Halloween with annual parade and trick-or-treating business to business. After the parade, there will be games, prizes and more fun inside the O’Fallon Station.

Parade line up begins at noon at the corner of State and Vine streets. The parade itself will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will end at the corner of East First and Vine street. A costume contest will immediately follow. The categories are: Decorated bikes/wagons, super heroes and villains, children under 3 years old, scariest, floats, families, and pets.

“Over 1,000 kids come out every year. We are trying to get the businesses to go all out this year and dress up. We (Refinery Salon) always dress up. One year we were the Addams Family. The Rotary event is more of a carnival atmosphere for kids and then our Witches & Wizards Night Out is more for adults,” Leidner said.

After the parade, trick-or-treating at Downtown District businesses will be ongoing until 3 p.m. Look for the pumpkin in the window to know if the business is participating.

The parade event is organized by O’Fallon’s three Rotary clubs: Rotary Sunrise Club, Rotary Noon Club, St. Clair County Sunset Club, as well as the Downtown District.

Leidner said more information is being confirmed, so keep checking the event page for updates.

“We have a lot in the works but are waiting for confirmation before we put anything out,” she said.

For more information, visit Downtown District’s Facebook page or visit the website: www.ofallondowntowndistrict.com

 

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O’Fallon Ranked One Of The Safest Communities In Illinois

O’Fallon’s current residents and businesses already know O’Fallon is safe. Now everyone knows. A recent analysis by Backgroundchecks.org determined that the City of O’Fallon is one of the safest communities in the state. In fact, O’Fallon is ranked in the top 5% of all cities in Illinois! “Safety is not a luxury in O’Fallon, it’s… Continue reading

O’Fallon’s current residents and businesses already know O’Fallon is safe. Now everyone knows.

A recent analysis by Backgroundchecks.org determined that the City of O’Fallon is one of the safest communities in the state. In fact, O’Fallon is ranked in the top 5% of all cities in Illinois!

“Safety is not a luxury in O’Fallon, it’s a requisite,” said O’Fallon Mayor Herb Roach. “Safety has always been a priority in O’Fallon and we are proud of this high ranking.”

Low crime rates. Highly trained and professional law enforcement. Community support. Friendly neighborhoods. These all help make O’Fallon the safest around.

Safety is only one of the reasons why the community continues to grow. O’Fallon also has great schools and a high quality of life. Altogether, this adds up to a perfect combination for growth and success.

The study by Backgroundchecks.org used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create the rankings. The results can be viewed at https://backgroundchecks.org/safest-cities-in-illinois.html.

O’Fallon Adds Ten New Businesses in July 2019

July picked up just where June left off. After eleven new businesses opened their doors in the month prior, July 2019 had ten new businesses choose to build their future in O’Fallon. Business Business Type Address Sidetangent Productions Inc. Media Production 421 N Cedar St. Rear Nitro Family Foods Food Sales 1100 Hollander Court A… Continue reading

July picked up just where June left off. After eleven new businesses opened their doors in the month prior, July 2019 had ten new businesses choose to build their future in O’Fallon.

Business Business Type Address
Sidetangent Productions Inc. Media Production 421 N Cedar St. Rear
Nitro Family Foods Food Sales 1100 Hollander Court
A K Smart Living Network Marketing 1214 Marshal Court
The Law Office of Jamie Mitchell, LLC Law Office 220 E State Street Suite 1C
The Little Shop Retail 1036 Richland Park Dr
Modern Day Samurai, LLC Online 1213 Illini Drive
Krab Kingz O’Fallon Restaurant 1334 Central Park Drive Suite 1 & 2
NAEJ Retail 936 Prairie Crossing
Michelle’s Hair Studio, LLC Hair Salon 873 Seibert Road
Gateway Elite Gymnastics Gymnastics Facility 5700 Old Collinsville Road

 

There are no other communities in the area that experience this type of business growth. Combine that with great residential growth and high quality of life – O’Fallon is second to none!

O’Fallon, Illinois – Build It Here.