Belleville Downtown District & Main Street Plan
Since the establishment of the public square in 1814, Downtown Main Street Belleville served as the center of commerce, health care, professional services, government, and entertainment for St. Clair County and several surrounding counties. Around 1970, Main Street went into a slow decline. At project inception, Main Street was seeing the first signs of revitalization and the community showed a desire to continue that trend. The general study area stretches eleven blocks and includes the public square and the Veteran’s Memorial Fountain. The plan enhances the physical appearance, the economic development options, and creates a balanced vehicular and pedestrian environment that ensures Main Street is the “Heart of the Community.”
Since completion, Downtown Belleville has seen over $7 million of reinvestment in public infrastructure and an increase of private reinvestment in Main Street. New pedestrian and bike connections link Richland Greenway and Belleville’s 150 acre park system and enhanced connections to the bus system and MetroLink have improved user perceptions of downtown and the transit system. Today, Main Street is a vibrant and thriving mix of retail and office uses in historic, renovated, and newly constructed facilities.