Appropriately called the “Crossroads of Prosperity,” the community of Fairview Heights was incorporated in 1969 and has gone from a quiet area surrounded by farms and coal mines to the retail shopping hub of the Metro East region. Only eight minutes from Scott AFB, Fairview Heights had grown to nearly 17,000 residents. East-west Interstate 64 conjoined with U.S. Route 50 passes through town, and the MetroLink light rail service carries passengers between Fairview Heights and St. Louis to the west.
Shopping drives the economy. Fairview Heights is home to St. Clair Square, a shopping mall with 140 stores that has stimulated additional growth in all directions, including the Crossroads Centre, Fairview Heights Plaza, Marketplace Shopping Center, Winchester Plaza, restaurants and more. The city has more than 3 million square feet of retail space. The Fairview Heights Economic Development Department maintains an up-to-date community profile, an inventory of available buildings and sites, and business assistance programs that lay out financial incentives for businesses seeking to locate, relocate or expand in the city.
Fairview Heights has become a haven for tourists with restaurants and hotels that provide convenient, quick access to downtown St. Louis and numerous other attractions throughout the area. Fairview Heights provides much for its out-of-town visitors who come to shop, eat or stay overnight, but it also offers its residents a full range of services intended to make it an ideal place to live.
Parks include Moody Park (aka Longacre Park), which features playgrounds, baseball and softball diamonds, a walking and jogging trail, a volleyball court and picnic pavilions. The city’s 95-acre Pleasant Ridge Park is home to the two-story Kinsella log cabin, a structure built around 1854 by the Kinsella family, and other smaller parks are scattered throughout residential neighborhoods.
Students attend Grant CCSD No. 110 and Pontiac-William Holliday School District No. 105.
Go to the City of Fairview Heights website at www.cofh.org for more information, or tap into the resources of the Metro-East Regional Chamber of Commerce (for both Fairview Heights and Swansea) at www.metroeastchamber.org.