I would like to offer my sincerest thanks to the Crestwood community for re-electing me to serve as your Mayor. It has been my honor to work for the citizens of Crestwood, and I look forward to continuing this service over the next three years. I remain committed to making Crestwood a better place to live, work, and play.
I would like to provide a brief update about the recent developments regarding the Crestwood Mall site. In early June, the City was notified that Walpert Properties, the lead developer on the Crestwood Mall redevelopment project, had decided not to move forward with their purchase of the property from UrbanStreet Group. While we were disappointed and frustrated with this outcome, the City has already taken steps to pursue alternative options by issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the acquisition and redevelopment of the former Crestwood Mall site. Qualified developers will have until August 18 to submit their proposals. The City will continue to keep the public informed as updates are available.
We continue to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and make adjustments to City operations in response to local, state, and federal guidelines. We recently released our Parks and Recreation COVID Reopening Plan, which provides updated guidelines for visiting the Crestwood Aquatic Center and Community Center, as well as plans for resuming pavilion reservations, tennis court reservations and ballfield reservations. The reopening plan and full list of guidelines is available on the City website.
I would also like to express my gratitude to all of the first responders and health care professionals for their hard work and contributions to the well-being of our communities. I would also like to extend my support to our teachers, students, and families who are about to embark on an extremely challenging beginning to the school year. Please continue to wear masks in public to do your part to stop the spread of this destructive virus. As we enter the second half of 2020, I am encouraged by the strength, resilience, and civic responsibility displayed by our community. Please stay safe and be well.