I would like to begin by wishing everyone a Happy New Year, and one that is filled with peace, prosperity, and good health. This past year was a tough year for our community and the world, and we are hopeful that 2021 is a year of restoration. The City of Crestwood will be hard at work on a variety of projects this year.
The City recently announced that Dierberg's Markets and McBride Homes were selected for the joint development of the former Crestwood Mall site. The City is thrilled to have two partners with long track records of successful developments in St. Louis, and I’m optimistic about their robust and comprehensive plan for the site. The western portion of the development will feature a full service, approximately 70,000 square foot grocery store, with additional restaurant and retail users. The eastern portion of the site will focus on single family housing, with a mix of product lines by McBride Homes. I believe this project will grow Crestwood in line with our comprehensive plan – more people, new housing, more traffic on Watson Road, and new shopping and dining destinations for our residents and residents of neighboring communities. Please stay tuned for more information about this project throughout the spring.
Construction on the Whitecliff Park Quarry Enhancement Project has begun. The project, which is partially funded by a Federal Land and Water Conservation grant, includes a new board walk, fishing plaza, lighting, ADA accessible parking, and gravel trail. The City has also secured a Municipal Parks grant to build a lower pavilion adjacent to the Whitecliff Park Quarry area as we continue to work on completing the Whitecliff 2000 plan.
The City just finished the first comprehensive revision to our Zoning Code in almost 40 years, and we will be working on revising our Landscaping Code this year. We also expect the Crestwood Police Department will complete its full accreditation with the Missouri Police Chiefs Association this year, which has been in progress for the past 5 years.
The City will continue to strengthen neighborhoods and infrastructure by completing a variety of road projects, working on new sidewalk construction near schools in collaboration with Lindbergh Schools, and making sure our City codes are enforced, especially with respect to the handful of problem and vacant properties in the City. Please stay tuned also for more information about Proposition 1 on this April’s ballot that will assist the City’s code enforcement efforts and dealing with vacant properties.
We are on the cusp of finishing a variety of projects in City Hall as we finish rebuilding from the flood, including reconstruction of the portions of the fire and police wings, public works, the City Clerk’s area, and the Chambers which hosts our Board, committee, and Municipal Court’s meetings. This year’s projects will include a grant-funded completion of an ADA ramp to the front of City Hall, and replacement of the original single-pane windows from the 1970s.
Finally, we will be forming a 75th Anniversary Committee later this year to help plan and oversee the City of Crestwood’s 75th Anniversary Celebration in 2022. Please stay tuned for more information about how to get involved and ways to volunteer.