Wednesday, February 27, 2013
A tentative date has been set for the public to ask Centrum Properties how they plan to revive the Watson Road space.
Residents eager to see the ball rolling again on Crestwood Court progress can attend a town hall meeting with Centrum Properties representatives next month. The town hall is scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 20 at the Whitecliff gymnasium, Mayor Jeff Schlink said during Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting. The date is tentative. "We're still working through some scheduling conflicts," Schlink said. Centrum Properties’ Vic Pildes and Sol Barkett will give a short presentation which Schlink said would address "specific issues Pildes and I think are higher on the list of concerns." The rest of the meeting time will be allotted for open comments and questions. It will be the first scheduled discussion on mall redevelopment since the board rejected…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
“I do a lot of campaigning for candidates that I think are knowledgeable and willing to do your work so we won’t have to come to the meetings," resident Ruth Wooldridge told the Board of Aldermen.
Tuesday night Crestwood aldermen will review a contract with Lifeguards Unlimited to continue operating the city’s Aquatic Center. Two weeks ago a different aquatic management company, Midwest Pool Management, was ultimately rejected by aldermen, despite submitting a bid that would save the city more than $30,000 over the course of the contract. (Five votes were required to approve the new contract. The board voted 4-3, with Alderman Paul Duchild absent.) Alderman John Foote, who voted against the Midwest Pool Management contract, attributed his decision to support letters from Lifeguards Unlimited employees and customers sent to aldermen. Around 10 students who currently serve as Aquatic Center staff and several other supporters even …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Here's a look back on what Crestwood and Sunset Hills residents have had to say about new business, pending projects, and how they feel about tax dollars financing development.
Crestwood isn't the only place in South County where people have stood divided on the benefits of a new business. Last month the Shrewsbury Board of Aldermen approved Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and a Community Improvement District (CID) to build a new Walmart at Kenrick Plaza, despite a St. Louis County board vote against the project. Almost everyone has weighed in on the hot-button topic. More than 30 Patch readers responded to the board's final vote, ranging from outrage to grateful support. Crestwood Court, of course, hasn't gotten far enough in the process to have a TIF request officially approved or denied by the city's board. (Their rejection of a project planner halted further movement on Centrum's last proposal.) When it comes …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Centrum is "going to wait until a new board is elected in April," remarked Mayor Jeff Schlink.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Why haven't you seen Centrum representatives recently? "They're going to wait until a new board is elected in April," remarked Mayor Jeff Schlink.
A handful of residents addressed the Crestwood Board of Aldermen on Tuesday concerning progress on the redevelopment of Crestwood Court. Each resident spoke for slightly different reasons—to request another town hall session, to ask how the recent loss of the Post Office will be addressed, or to see a quicker resolution to the city’s sales tax revenue woes. One resident even told the board she was disappointed to hear an hour of conversation on the public pool, but none on mall redevelopment. Mall discussion has not been a regular agenda item since December, when the board rejected PGAV Planners as the proposed project's planner. Browse Patch's previous coverage on mall redevelopment. Mayor Jeff Schlink said he and Centrum’s Vic Pildes …
Jerome Friedeck submitted the following letter to the Board of Aldermen outlining what could be done with funds if the city asks for and receives a tax increase.
Crestwood resident Jerome Friedeck provided Mayor Jeff Schlink and the Board of Aldermen a list at Tuesday's meeting, which he said could be used as an answer to what the city could do if they enacted a tax increase--or at least, what to say if residents ask why the city would need one. Here's what Friedeck provided: NEEDS FOR A TAX INCREASE 1. Raise in salaries for all Crestwood employees. 2. Make it easier to balance the budget. 3. Develop quarry site in Whitecliff Park for fishing and picknicking. 4. Replace trees which were removed by City along streets and right-of-ways. 5. Replace broken and deteriorated curbs along streets. These curbs were never repaired when streets were overlaid with blacktop. 6. Manholes on storm sewers should…
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Do you think this is the year for a project to move ahead?
It's been a rough two months for Crestwood Court. In December the Board of Aldermen rejected a planner for a proposed redevelopment project, ceasing ongoing discussions for the District at Crestwood. Its last longtime tenant, the Post Office, closed in January. It's made some residents more anxious than ever to see action. At Tuesday night's Board of Aldermen meeting, former alderman Greg Roby asked for an update on communications with the mall's developers, Centrum Partners. "My indication from talking to citizens that they're very concerned with the fact that there's not a lot of movement, and they're not wanting to continue seeing that property just sit there," he said. Mayor Jeff Schlink said he spoke with Sol Barket the day after the…
Friday, January 11, 2013
Owners of the Crestwood mall were praised by The Atlantic Cities for morphing empty storefronts into a public art venue. The mall has one tenant left after the Post Office's closing earlier this week.
Did you think that ArtSpace was a good use of the vacant storefronts in Crestwood Court? Since the Crestwood Post Office's closure on Jan. 7, the shopping center--of which the sole tenant is now a LensCrafters--can be offically deemed a dead mall. But an experiment that granted local arts groups mall space for cheap rents is named as an innovative way to revive dying shopping centers. The Atlantic Cities mentions ArtSpace among seven creative solutions to mall vacancies. Other types of spaces featured included mixed use spaces with residences and retail, a town hall, and outdoor parks with performing arts spaces. Of course, ArtSpace wasn't a long-term solution to the Crestwood mall's troubles. While dozens of St. Louis organizations and …
Monday, January 7, 2013
After serving residents in their Crestwood mall location for more than 20 years, the store's two workers will be transferring to Sappington after Jan. 8.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Crestwood Police reports on law enforcement and criminal activity, Dec. 1-19.
Theft Destruction of property, lost property