Crestwood residents gathered at the Whitecliff gymnasium Wednesday night to participate in a Q&A with the owners of Crestwood Court.
Over the past several months Centrum Partners has engaged the Board of Aldermen to move forward with The District at Crestwood, an entertainment-focused alternative to the outdated mall. Wednesday was the first time that Centrum representatives have come before the community following the board's rejection of a project planner in December.
The downtime has agitated some residents, whether it's because they want to see some activity on the "crumbling" property, or because they question the viability of the new concept.
There are no changes to what was proposed in 2012, which includes an upscale movie theater and bowling alley, restaurants, and live entertainment elements, Centrum consultant Vic Pildes told the crowd Wednesday. They believe the entertainment concept is still capable of making the site, at Watson and Sappington roads, a destination.
When asked what point developers would walk away from the proposal and pursue interests outside of Crestwood if the project doesn't advance, Partner Sol Barket said the moment could come in the next few months.
"The shelf life is over," Barket said.
(Mayor Jeff Schlink said during a February board meeting that the developers would likely wait until new board members have been voted in this April before they're back in front of aldermen.)
'A few months' is the same amount of time estimated for the shuttering of the mall. The Crestwood Post Office closed in January. Sears' lease is up in the next six months, Pildes said, however no date has been set for closing.
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