Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Crestwood residents, the mayor and developers held a town hall meeting to discuss a proposal for a new mall in the site of the old Crestwood Court.
More than 100 residents packed the gymnasium at Whitecliff park Tuesday night to discuss a new proposal for the redevelopment of the Crestwood Court mall. Chicago-based developers Centrum Partners unveiled a plan for an entertainment-themed mall that could have a bowling alley, comedy and music venues, grocery stores, outdoor plaza and a movie theater, among other amenities. “We think this mall will be so unique and special that it will draw people from miles away,” said Sol Barket, partner at Centrum, the company that purchased the mall in 2008. Residents filled out cards with questions for the developers, which Mayor Jeff Schlink read. The meeting, he said, was scheduled to get a sense of where the community stood on the project. “I’m …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Mutual feelings prevailed through a lot of discussion about the former mall and its future uses at Crestwood's Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday.
The City of Crestwood's Board of Aldermen, after several clarifications and explanations, agreed on one thing for certain about Crestwood Court redevelopment ideas at the July 24 Board meeting. The Board collectively stated they were "underwhelmed" with Centrum Properties' informal proposal presented in a public hearing at the June 12 aldermen meeting. The standing but practically vacant Crestwood Court facility rose back to the agenda surface at length for the first time since the presentation, looking at the next steps in the general redevelopment process. "We all want a development at Crestwood Court," Mayor Jeff Schlink said amid aldermen conversations about what types of businesses should operate within the Court. "How that looks and…
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Sunset Hills and Crestwood are contrasting communities with a bright future ahead.
This past week I covered for the Sunset Hills-Crestwood Patch site while its editor, Alyssa Stahr, was on a very-well deserved vacation. Having covered Town and Country, Kirkwood and Webster Groves Patch sites before, I felt confident I could cover Sunset Hills and Crestwood swiftly, but then the realization hit me that I knew absolutely nothing about these two Southern St. Louis County municipalities. After a week of doing my best to bring you relevant news about Sunset Hills and Crestwood, I feel I leave with a desire to follow up on both of these cities. They have some problems and a tremendous potential. Economic difficulties When I first arrived to this country, I recall how puzzled and overwhelmed I felt going to the Chesterfield …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
To the Pointe Studio of Dance is asking the Board of Aldermen permission to relocate to Watson Industrial Court.
It was Holly Smith’s dream to open her own dance studio. And even though she got the notice to vacate Crestwood Court’s ArtSpace, she thinks it ended up being good in a way. She never would’ve got to open her own studio if it wasn’t for the former Crestwood Mall. Now To the Pointe Studio of Dance is operating on an interim basis at the Holiday Inn Viking, but is in the process of getting a permit to operate at 9296 Watson Industrial Court. Smith hopes to be up and running by April 2 unless there are any snags at the March 27 Crestwood Board of Aldermen meeting. The Planning and Zoning Commission OK’d the approval of a conditional use permit last week. Smith has been a dance instructor for more than 15 years. She has taken classes with some…
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Hip Hop Foundation Fanatics brings hip hop classes to the masses at the Crestwood Mall.
Two years ago, hip hop dancer Nick Gates decided to branch out on his own and open a studio. A friend told him about the art spaces at Crestwood Mall, and he's been teaching classes their ever since. Hip Hop Foundation Fanatics provides a space for people of all ages to grow as a dancer and to work on professionalism and technique. Beginner and intermediate hip hop classes are offered, as well as bboy/bgirl classes. Hip Hop Foundation Fanatics crews perform and compete regularly. Classes are currently offered Monday-Thursday, as well as on Saturday and Sunday.
Monday, April 11, 2011
City Administrator Jim Eckrich looks for approval from the Board of Aldermen Tuesday to return to public services director post immediately.
Crestwood City Administrator Jim Eckrich revealed two days after a city election brought about a change in mayors, that he is looking to step back into his former role as public services director. Public services is a combination of public works, and parks and recreation departments. City Alderman Jeff Schlink won over current Mayor Roy Robinson in an April 5 election by nearly a 2-1 margin of votes. Schlink said he had absolutely nothing to do with Eckrich's change of heart over city jobs. The public services job had been empty since mid-March. Eckrich could not be reached for comment. The job change request was part of Eckrich's executive summary of Tuesday's meeting agenda. Eckrich moved into the city's top post in July 2008, with a …
Monday, April 4, 2011
Roy Robinson said charges by opposition campaign are bunk.
With voters going to the polls Tuesday to choose a Crestwood mayor, incumbent Mayor Roy Robinson said Friday he was fed up with falsehoods from the campaign of his opposition. "It is so false," Robinson said Friday. "I haven't been negative at all, but my opponent has run a negative campaign." Robinson, 68, has been mayor since 2005 and now runs for a third term. He faces Ward 2 alderman since 2009, Jeff Schlink, 41. Both are longtime Crestwood residents. "My credibility, my honesty, is more important to me than anything else," Robinson said. "I wish people would call me if they have any question about these things. I'll answer them." Robinson pointed to charges by his opponent of unbalanced city budgets. "That's a lie. Just last meeting …