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Realtor group partners assist with Belleville Transit Center transformation

The REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois joined forces with the St. Clair County Transit District, Citizens for Modern Transit and AARP to transform the Belleville Transit Center, located at 718 Scheel Street, Belleville, Ill.

Members of the REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois spent a day at the station earlier this month planting flowers and working to help make the station a welcoming space for all who use it.

A celebration was held at the station on Saturday, June 25, featuring formal remarks by local officials and stakeholders, with special recognition of Belleville East and Belleville West High School students who helped inspire the vision behind the mural. The opening comes after a months-long process of getting input from transit riders, area residents, elected officials and stakeholders through a series of virtual Design Workshops, surveys and community events – and completing construction.

The project team overseeing the “Transit Stop Transformation” Project at the Belleville Transit Center converted the concrete area between the bus bays and MetroLink entrance into an interactive, playful and engaging space, boasting a vibrant-colored “Art Grows in Belleville” theme.

The revitalized space features new custom bike racks, shade structures, a Belleville city logo sign, benches, planters and elevated window artwork that was created by painter and mixed media artist Genevieve Esson, whose work is also featured as part of the “Transit Stop Transformation” project at the Maplewood MetroBus Stop in Maplewood, Mo.

This project serves as an extension of ongoing efforts made by CMT and AARP in St. Louis to raise awareness about placemaking around transit.

Deb Frazier, CEO of the REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois presented a donation of $6,000 on behalf of the REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois and the National Association of REALTORS®.

The REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois (RASI) is the voice for real estate in Southwestern Illinois. Our mission is to empower members to succeed into the future. For more information on RASI and real estate careers, please visit or contact the office at (618) 277-1980 or

Members of RASI, shown, planting flowers as a part of the recently debuted Belleville Transit Center transformation.

To read the IBJ’s related published story, click here.

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