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Former US Bank building to house restaurant, upscale apartments

The former home of US Bank located at the corner of Main and Market streets will soon house a new restaurant with outdoor seating, upscale apartments and a coffee shop.

By Pat Pratt

Construction is progressing on the old US Bank building at the corner of Main and Market Streets in Troy, which upon completion will house a new restaurant and apartments.

The eatery to open on the ground floor of the former bank building has not yet been named, as an opening timeline has not been established but an announcement is expected in the near future. The space formerly occupied by the bank drive thru, will be covered, and will offer patio seating for the new restaurant. At the north end of that outside area, will be a walk-up coffee shop.   

On the newly constructed top floor of the building, there will also be several upscale apartments. In its entirety, the project is estimated to cost about $2.4 million. Work is being completed by Pfund construction of Edwardsville. 

City Administrator Jay Keeven said the business will be a welcome addition to the downtown business district, which like its cities across America, has struggled to thrive amid competition from online retailers and big box stores. 

“It’s tough,” Keeven said. “When I can order something and have it on my doorstep within two days, sometimes within two hours, for many retailers that is hard to compete with. What we do have is – if you want to go out for an evening of entertainment or go out to dinner or a bar or get a massage – there are certain things you can’t have delivered.” 

In light of the current business climate, city officials have in recent years focused on a larger downtown revitalization effort. Keeven said those efforts are being led by Mayor David Nonn, who upon election in April 2021 spearheaded improvements in the downtown and other business districts in the city. 

“His marching orders were pretty clear,” Keeven said. “He wanted downtown to be revitalized. We had a dozen, at the time, vacant buildings. You see what Edwardsville and Collinsville and Highland have done with TIF funding and he said we need to do the same thing. We need to be aggressively trying to get developers interested in downtown Troy.”

Tax increment financing (TIF) is where some taxes are diverted or refunded to companies or developers for improvements. Those are usually collected under a tax applied to a geographical area, such as a downtown or other business district. 

While the practice has met with controversy in some towns and cities for diverting funds from municipal governments and schools, and other reasons, it has also been lauded for helping recover blighted areas. 

In the case of Troy, one TIF area which encompassed much of Edwardsville Road leading from downtown to Interstate 55 and beyond recently expired after 23 years. 

“It was a bigger footprint which included our downtown area, but it went all the way out by EJ Equipment off of Formosa Road,” Keeven said. “It went down by 162 and just covered a ton of area.”

Keeven said funds remaining from that district are now being used to incentivize the bank building project. In order to garner the perks offered by TIF, Pfund Construction will have to meet certain milestones along the way, such as project completion, as well as the building being occupied by the business and tenants. 

“When we closed that TIF district out we had money that was available for redevelopment agreements. Typically on a TIF what you are saying is we will refund your property taxes back for a period of time. In Pfund’s case, he is doing a $2.4-2.5 million project and we agreed to $400,000 of rebate taxes.”

After the rebate is fulfilled, taxes collected on the new development will be used to offer others incentives in the downtown and surrounding area. Some of the funds collected in the more recently established district, which has a 1% sales tax overlay, can also be used for infrastructure improvements, such as streets and sidewalks. 

“You can use TIF in the business district to improve infrastructure and you can also use it to incentivize development,” Keeven said. “So those are the two things we did right away and it’s starting to move.”

Keeven said with the establishment of the new district, interest has been shown by developers or investors for four vacant buildings downtown. With other nearby cities offering the same or similar incentives, the tax breaks have become almost commonplace and necessary to attract investment.

And in Troy, it seems to be working. Keeven said talks are in the works or investors have shown interest in four buildings downtown currently vacant. 

“You are looking at four buildings in our downtown that had been sitting vacant and within two to three years we are going to have those occupied and generating sales tax and more property tax,” Keeven said. 




  1. Anonymous on February 1, 2023 at 9:37 pm

    Looking forward to having a nice place downtown
    Would also like the bike trail to add a lighted crossing by RP and a lane on frontage road to the trail

  2. Anonymous on February 1, 2023 at 9:34 pm

    Lookout foraged to it booecit doesn’t have slot
    Machines we habe plenty of those places.
    Would also love if they would connect the bike trail with a crossing by RP and park along frontage road to the trail

  3. Anonymous on February 1, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    It’s great to finally see a revitalization of downtown Troy. It’s a cute community, with lots of history & potential. Great to see that the city administration is on board to make Troy a viable & self sustaining community. Small town America has so much to offer & should be preserved, for future generations to grow with and enjoy.
    Can’t wait to see this downtown area flourish!!

  4. Anonymous on February 1, 2023 at 3:19 pm

    Appreciate getting the downtown area to be a place that Troy residents want to enjoy! Thank you for all your efforts.

  5. Anonymous on February 1, 2023 at 1:20 pm

    Good job! Food for thought – sidewalks would be nice from downtown to walgreens. I know it’d be expensive, but maybe it could be done in phases.

  6. Anonymous on February 1, 2023 at 9:06 am

    Thank You Jay for the update! I’m curious if, with foot & traffic increasing at the intersection, that maybe the 4 way stop signs be replaced with electric signals? Also, any idea what the business hours will be for the restaurant?

    • Anonymous on February 1, 2023 at 3:22 pm

      This is wonderful thing going in. I love that Trpy still has more of a home town feel, kids riding bikes, friendly faces, like when I was growing up
      I wish there were more affordable places to live sit down restaurants, self owned businesses, etc.

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