Thursday, April 25, 2013
A current resident wants to convert the historic schoolhouse into a single family home--though it will require creating a 'minor subdivision' with two additional homes.
A Sunset Hills man is hoping to convert the former Rott School/Judevine Center for Autism into a single-family home. Anthony Garavaglia purchased 9455 Rott Rd., for $275,000 a year and a half ago, he said. During Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting, Garavaglia shared his plans to complete a historic renovation on the building. The school is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and he has received preliminary approval for historic tax credits to restore the school as a single-family residence. Tuesday Garavaglia sought board approval to rezone the property so he can divide the green space on its south half into two smaller lots. There is already interest to build homes, creating a 'minor subdivision' on the property. (It was …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The Missouri Department of Transportation reports on the St. Louis work zones for April 18-24.
The Missouri Department of Transportation will close the ramp from Pine Street to westbound Interstate 64 at 9 a.m., Thursday as part of the Jefferson Avenue bridge closure. The Jefferson Avenue bridge over I-64 will close on Friday morning at 1 a.m., for approximately three months. Motorists can use Compton Avenue, 18th Street and 14th Street to detour around the closure. MoDOT will close all lanes on I-64 in both directions between Hampton and Jefferson this weekend starting at 8 p.m., Friday. Entrance ramps to eastbound I-64 will be closed from McCausland to Ewing avenues. In addition, entrance ramps to westbound I-64 will be closed from Broadway to Grand avenues. All lanes and ramps on I-64 will reopen by 5 a.m., Monday, except for the…
Monday, April 15, 2013
It's the sole business remaining in Crestwood Court, the giant mall with a rocky past and an uncertain future.
Yes, LensCrafters is still open. It's a routine answer for Amy Portell, who works as one of three managers at the company's location inside the mostly vacant Crestwood Court. At least once per day, she's asked if the store is open for business. Between helping customers and answering the phone during a busy Thursday morning, Portell talked about the future of the store. "We have a lease through 2016," Portell said. "We're not going anywhere." She doesn't know what would happen if the mall shut down completely, but she believes LensCrafters would have 90 days to identify a plan. It's been a rocky few months for the mall and, consequently, for Centrum Properties, which owns the space. Aside from LensCrafters and mall walkers, Crestwood…
Sunday, April 14, 2013
The Missouri Highway Patrol admitted releasing the names of concealed weapon permit holders to the Social Security Administration in what the government said was a law enforcement investigation. Do you agree?
The Missouri Highway Patrol admitted last week that it released the names of at least 163,000 concealed weapon permit holders to a federal agent investigating disability fraud, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and a variety of other media outlets. The news has people buzzing on every side of the gun control debate. Locally, Republican Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones of Eureka told the newspaper he was "very concerned that this may be a back-door attempt to create the Eric Holder gun registry." The concealed weapon registry is not open to the public and Missouri law says it's a misdemeanor to disclose information about the people who hold permits. Missouri State Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, was cited on Wednesday in …
Saturday, April 13, 2013
The Green Objectives for Sunset Hills Committee’s free event will include a plant exchange, 5K for clean water, recycling opportunities, and more than 30 green vendors (including Patch!).
Friday, April 12, 2013
Missouri Department of Transportation reports the St. Louis work zones for April 11- 17.
Missouri Department of Transportation workers will be busy the next few months with routine and seasonal tasks, such as pavement repairs and crack sealing. Motorists should watch for slow moving or stopped vehicles with flashing lights in traffic lanes on interstates and other busy roadways. MoDOT has scheduled nighttime closures of ramps on the Poplar Street Bridge next week so crews can complete preventative maintenance on the ramps, weather permitting. The current schedule for ramp repairs is: Motorists should be aware of the following on-going closures:
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The city and its current aldermen are looking to ensure future Board of Aldermen candidates fully qualify for office.
Updated: April 11, 4 p.m. A candidate in this year's Crestwood Board of Aldermen election was found to have a felony conviction--a violation of the city's terms for serving office. His candidacy has raised questions among current aldermen who don't want to see the situation repeated. Mary Stadter will serve as Ward 2's newest aldermanic representative. South County Times first reported last month that her opponent, Bill Schelinski, filed for candidacy despite being convicted of aggravated assault several years ago. The conviction made him ineligible for a board seat, according to the city. Schelinski said the documents he received from the city when filing did not mention felony convictions. Here's an excerpt from his statement on …
MoDOT had warned drivers that traffic would be stopped Wednesday afternoon.
Update: MoDOT announced that the scheduled blasting would not take place due to predicted rain Wednesday. The Missouri Department of Transportation is warning drivers to expect traffic delays on southbound Interstate 270, between Manchester Road and Interstate 44, as rock blasting takes place this week. Weather permitting, the blasting is set to begin Wednesday along southbound Interstate 270 at 1 p.m, MoDOT stated in a news release. This means all lanes in both directions of I-270, between Manchester Road and Interstate 44, will be closed for up to 15 minutes on weekdays.. MoDOT is urging drivers to use alternate routes and adjust travel times to avoid I-270 and Big Bend Boulevard from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 on weekdays. Big Bend Boulevard …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Crestwood's Board of Aldermen meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. The city's sign commission will discuss a controversial request from a Watson Road business owner when they meet Wednesday at 7:15 p.m.
Crestwood's Board of Aldermen will be honoring a retiring fire captain when they meet Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. Capt. Thomas A. Knapp has served the City of Crestwood for the past 38 years, serving as a firefighter, driver and paramedic, according to city documents. Aldermen will also discuss: The city's sign commission meets at 7:15 p.m. on March 10 to continue their discussion of a request from A to Z Auto Center owner Larry Sturm regarding window signage. Sturm and another Watson Road auto business owner made comments at a recent Board of Aldermen meeting that the city isn't particularly business-friendly--particularly to auto businesses, they said. Read more: Crestwood Alderman Compares Watson Road to South Kingshighway
Saturday, April 6, 2013
The latest political news from the Beyond November staff.