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Outdoor laser tag facility approved in O’Fallon

Sands Property Solution had proposed creating an outdoor laser tag area in a vacant field behind the building at 18 North Central Drive in O’Fallon.  The location is north of I-70 and W. Terra Lane, and west of Elaine Drive.  This was proposed to be one of the recreational activities to be offered at 18 North Central.

The laser tag area would be on the same property as the existing 18 North Central Building. A six-foot-tall fence would be erected around the perimeter of the area to be used for laser tag.

The business would operate from 4-8 p.m. on Fridays, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon-8 p.m. on Sundays.

(John Tremmel photo)

At the Sept. 10 O’Fallon City Council meeting, Bill No. 7229, sponsored by Ward 5 council members Debbie Cook and Katie Gatewood, was given a public hearing and first reading.  The bill would grant a conditional use permit to allow an outdoor commercial recreation facility in an area zoned I-1/Light Industrial District. 

Prior to the first reading, the owner of 18 North Central requested an exception to have the second reading and vote for passage done in the same meeting as the first reading, rather than wait another two weeks. He said his indoor business has been severely restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, causing financial hardship for him, and this outdoor recreational facility will not be hurt by the pandemic. He said he needs the new business to get started as soon as possible to generate income.

18 North Central location map (Source: City of O’Fallon)

Council member Cook agreed with the request. The council then unanimously approved her motion to waive the rules and proceed with second reading and vote immediately. Bill No. 7229 was unanimously approved .

Adjacent to the property are Central Drive to the west, a truck accessory/plumbing supply store to the east, a manufacturing facility to the north and a motel to the south.

Planning and Zoning had recommended approval with conditions, including requirements for licensing, adhering to license and conditional use permit rules, and avoidance of any peace disturbance.

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