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Thursday, June 6, 2013

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Stenger sets town-hall meeting on senior apartment complex By GLORIA LLOYD Staff Reporter Sixth District County Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton, will host a town-hall meeting Friday, June 7, to discuss a governmentsubsidized senior apartment complex being built at 6050 Telegraph Road in Oakville. The town-hall meeting will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the main gymnasium at Oakville Senior High School, 5557 Milburn Road. Hundreds of people showed up for a May 29 meeting organized against the senior apartment complex, but the Ohio-based building owner says it will be good for Oakville. “We properly followed every process and procedure in developing this property,” National Church Residences spokeswoman Karen Twinem said. “We believe that it will be an asset to the community, and we will be a good neighbor.” Construction started two weeks ago on the $5.1 million, threestory, 45-unit, 13,926-square-foot senior apartment complex, right after the demolition of the single-family house formerly on the property. Construction is funded with a $6 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, grant, which also paid for the property purchase and an architect. The 1.4-acre lot, formerly zoned single-family residential, borders Goddard School, a preschool for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years, (See STENGER, Page 4A)

Common Core critics view standards as U.S. intrusion Last of two parts By GLORIA LLOYD Staff Reporter Teachers and administrators in local school districts have been working on bringing new educational standards to their classrooms for the past few years — but they never thought the Common Core State Standards would become nationwide news. Critics of Common Core see the new standards as a massive federal intrusion on education, reminiscent of the No Child Left Behind Act. The controversy over federal control of local education has spread to several states, including Missouri, where legislators tried to halt or slow the standards’ pending 2014 adoption. (See INTRUSION, Page 5A)

Haefner continuing her efforts to halt project By GLORIA LLOYD Staff Reporter Oakville’s state representative is vowing to do what she can to stop a government-subsidized apartment complex for senior citizens at 6050 Telegraph Road in Oakville. Rep. Marsha Haefner, R-Oakville, is combing through paperwork filed with St. Louis County and the federal

government by the project’s developer, Ohio-based nonprofit National Church Residences, for any discrepancies that could be used to force a second Planning Commission public hearing at the county level. National Church Residences is the largest developer of nonprofit housing for senior citizens in the nation, with more than 300 residences nationwide. (See HAEFNER, Page 6A)

Lindbergh board eyes task force to study enrollment growth By MIKE ANTHONY Executive Editor The establishment of a districtwide demographic task force to study Lindbergh Schools’ aggressive enrollment growth will be considered by the Board of Education when it meets next week. The school board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, in the boardroom at the district’s Early Childhood Education center, 4814 S. Lindbergh Blvd. During a workshop Saturday morning, board members agreed by consensus to convene the demographic task force to study the

enrollment growth and present recommendations to the Board of Education on how to address it. The board’s discussion focused on opening a sixth elementary school on the roughly 10-acre site of the Dressel School building. The district closed on the $1.94 million purchase of the property in July 2011. The last time the school board established a demographic task force was in October 2007 to study overcrowding at Sperreng Middle School. That panel’s recommendation led to Proposition 2008, a $31 million bond issue that voters approved in November 2008. (See GROWTH, Page 13A)

Crestwood Court redevelopment at standstill after planner nixed By GLORIA LLOYD Staff Reporter The redevelopment of Crestwood Court is at a standstill after the new Board of Aldermen declined to approve the planner already rejected by a previous board. With two aldermen who previously voted in favor of the planner absent, the board voted 4-2 May 28 to reject a measure

hiring consulting firm Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets, or PGAV, for a $29,000 study to examine the proposal for the new development, called the District at Crestwood. The board deadlocked 4-4 on the planner at the bill’s first reading at its May 14 meeting — the tie broken by Mayor Jeff Schlink in PGAV’s favor.

“(The planning study is) dead for now,” City Administrator Mark Sime told the Call. “If we do something new or change it, we can bring it back up again.” Ward 1 Alderman Richard Breeding suggested the vote be postponed until a future meeting when all aldermen are present, but only Breeding and Ward 1 Alderman Darryl (See NIXED, Page 7A)

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Wallach voted in favor of hiring PGAV. Before the vote was taken, the two supported postponing a vote on the second reading of the measure. Ward 2 Alderman Mary Stadter and Ward 4 Alderman Dan Tennessen were both absent May 28. They voted in favor of PGAV on the bill’s first reading May 14. Postponement of an issue just because certain members of the board are absent was unprecedented, however, said Ward 3 Alderman Paul Duchild. “I understand two members of one side are not here, and that’s just what happens,” he said. “... Business in the city must move on.” Centrum, the mall’s owner along with Angelo Gordon Co., proposes an open-air entertainment and retail venue with restaurants, a movie theater, an upscale bowling venue and retail shops. Centrum is requesting public subsidies for the $102 million redevelopment project, including $26.6 million in tax-increment financing, or TIF. The PGAV planning study is a precursor to sending the proposed redevelopment project to the St. Louis County TIF Commission. On May 14, Schlink indicated he would break the board’s tie on the condition that the proposal not move immediately to the TIF Commission. Wallach said he supports Centrum’s development, with some caveats. He suggested a change to the PGAV contract to ask for a study on the impact a large grocer such as Walmart would have on the city, and whether that type of store would take business away from existing grocery stores rather than attract new customers. Crestwood resident Timothy Anderson, who ran for the Ward 4 seat now held by Mike Tsichlis, noted the contract between PGAV and the city stipulated that the company’s consulting services would not constitute an independent cost-benefit analysis or a study of financial feasibility — instead,

PGAV would work only with numbers provided by Centrum. Anderson suggested that Centrum provide more information on the development’s potential tenants. No one from PGAV attended the meeting to answer questions. Centrum attorney Jim Mello attended on behalf of the developer. At the May 14 meeting, Mello suggested a work session be held with Centrum representatives and the aldermen, a meeting that would be open to residents who want to attend but would be separate from a regular board meeting. Although Schlink said he had not been contacted by any aldermen to hold the work session, Breeding and Wallach said they were under the impression that the session had simply been postponed due to timing issues. “I followed up asking when we were going to have it,” Breeding said. “I thought it was a done deal.” Duchild suggested an alternative work session in which the board met alone, without Centrum, to discuss what they would like to see in the redevelopment of Crestwood Court. Residents could attend and give their suggestions or voice their support for Centrum’s current plan, he added. “It would be great to get together and work toward a common vision,” Tsichlis said. For the second week in a row, about 50 residents attended the meeting to speak their minds both for and against the development and the TIF. “You’ve got to be kidding, right?” former Ward 4 Alderman Deborah Beezley said. “What’s the matter with us? Really? I implore you all — somebody step up to this plate and get this city back on track. This is ridiculous. We need a work session.” Martha Duchild, who is married to Paul Duchild, cautioned the board on going forward with the TIF, citing the previous TIF granted to Kohl’s as an example. “What we got then was the accelerated demise of Macy’s with no replacement of that revenue,” she said. “... Anybody who tells you the TIFs don’t cost taxpayer money is not telling the whole truth.”

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

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Decision of Riverview Gardens board surprises Mehlville officials By GLORIA LLOYD Staff Reporter Mehlville School District officials were taken by surprise last week when one of the area’s two unaccredited school districts announced it will bus students to Mehlville this fall.

In June, the Missouri Supreme Court upheld a state law that allows students of unaccredited school districts to attend any accredited school district in their county or an adjoining county, with tuition paid by the unaccredited school district. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education,

or DESE, recommends unaccredited districts provide transportation to one district of their choice. Superintendent Eric Knost discussed the Supreme Court decision with the Mehlville Board of Education at its June meeting, when he said that due to distance, it was unlikely (See SURPRISES, Page 4A)

Barket says entertainment complex successful in Chicago, will work here By GLORIA LLOYD Staff Reporter Centrum Properties partner Sol Barket returned to the Crestwood Board of Aldermen to say that the entertainment district he plans for the city is proven in Chicago and will succeed here if city officials get behind the concept. Barket spoke for close to an hour during the public comment period of the Board of Aldermen’s July 9 work session, detailing the effort he has put into the proposed

$121 million “District at Crestwood” redevelopment of the Crestwood Court mall site and his disappointment that the board has not moved forward with tax-increment financing, or TIF, for the open-air entertainment complex. “We cannot sit here for another year,” he said. “There’s been no productive discussions other than today ... I see a change of tide in this meeting, I think.” During their work session, some aldermen

By GLORIA LLOYD Staff Reporter The Crestwood Board of Aldermen finally came to some agreement on what has so far been a divisive issue, the redevelopment of the city’s mall. “How do we want to see this property five years from now, eight years from now, 10 years from now?” is how Mayor Jeff Schlink phrased the mission of the board’s

July 9 work session. “What is it we want this property to be used for, and how do we want it to fit into the community?” The entire board attended the work session, as well as about 50 members of the public and several representatives from Centrum Properties, including Centrum partner Sol Barket, who grew up in St. Louis and is spearheading the Crestwood

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Crestwood Board of Aldermen reaches some agreement on future of mall site Summer classes offer an enriching experience

Lindbergh students enjoyed a variety of fun and educational classes this summer during the school district’s 2013 Summer Enrichment program. Participants chose from more than 50 classes, including robotics, sewing, swimming, piano, kitchen chemistry, engineering, puppetry and archery. In all, 330 students filled roughly 1,100 class slots. Summer Enrichment is organized by the Lindbergh Activities office. Above, students participate in a guitar class. To see more photos, visit www.callnewspapers.com.

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Moore’s donation to Lindbergh hailed as ‘a win-win’ Three apply for Lindbergh board vacancy By MIKE ANTHONY Executive Editor A Sunset Hills man’s decision to make a donation valued at $2 million to Lindbergh Schools is “a winwin” for the district and the community, according to Superintendent Jim Simpson. Alwal “Al” Moore presented the district with the 10-acre former Paraclete Fathers property at 13270 Maple Drive in the Tapawingo subdivision in the form of a 50-year lease that was signed last week by

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By MIKE ANTHONY Executive Editor Three residents have applied for a vacancy on the Lindbergh Schools Board of Education. Cindy McDaniel, Mark Rudoff and Gary Ujka have applied for the board seat vacated by Vic Lenz, according to Superintendent Jim Simpson. Lenz was appointed to the Missouri State Board of Education by Gov. Jay Nixon in June. State Board of Education members are not permitted to serve a (See VACANCY, Page 3A)

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expressed doubts whether Centrum’s plan will work and agreed they wanted more housing in the development as well as a keystone attraction, possibly a Great Wolf Lodge hotel and indoor water park or something focused around Crestwood’s location on historic Route 66. As they mentioned in past meetings, Mayor Jeff Schlink and some of the aldermen want more retail stores in the development. Barket agreed to look at their ideas and see if they could work, but he also described his confidence in the current plan to the board. “We are developers. This is all we do, day in and day out ... If I came to your workplace and said, ‘You can’t talk, (but) I’m going to sit with five of my people and tell you everything you’re doing wrong and what you should be doing,’ you wouldn’t allow me in the place,” Barket said of the board’s critiques of Centrum’s plan. “You have every right to do that ... But do you ever think that I might have spent five years meeting with every single person that I could uncover, looking at every single option?” Barket has met with some of the world’s leading experts on retail, office and entertainment development, he said, and they all firmly believe retail and big-box stores will not work at the mall site because too much nearby competition has sprung up since the heyday of Crestwood Plaza. But an open-air entertainment complex unique to St. Louis will succeed in Crestwood, and unlike retail and big-box stores, lifestyle developers have lined up to get into this development, he said. The District at Crestwood is modeled after the already successful Park at Rosemont in suburban Chicago, which has been an “overwhelming success,” Barket said, adding, “This is not a made-up concept. You can’t go (to Rosemont) on a Friday or Saturday night without seeing thousands of families, ice skating in the winter and enjoying the variety of food. And this goes on every night of the week and at lunchtime.” Centrum conducted a demographic study for a potential IKEA store several years ago, which showed that Crestwood and the surrounding areas have the most desirable demographics in the region for a Rosemontlike entertainment district, he added. “This is the perfect place to do this,”

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Barket said. “This is the most dense and most appropriately populated community anywhere in St. Louis for this type of development.” The lack of direct interstate access is a negative, but Crestwood has such a long history as a destination for area shoppers that they believe Crestwood is easy to travel to, and they know where it is, he added. “They just know it,” Barket said. “They’ve been coming here their entire lives.” Some of Rosemont’s tenants, including German restaurant Hofbrauhaus and Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, are also lined up for Crestwood, he said. In November, he told the board Centrum had lost Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill as a potential tenant. The comedy club could be a location of Levity Live, which is in the Palisades mall in West Nyack, New York, Barket told the Call. The second phase of the plan allows for big-box retailers like Cabela’s or a grocery store to come in, he said, but the first phase with the upscale movie theater and bowling alley, the comedy club and live entertainment will be key to the development’s success, not the retail, he noted. All of those tenants are required for critical mass, so he could not just arbitrarily cut the entertainment options in half and still be successful, he added. In response to Ward 4 Alderman Dan Tennessen’s previous request to look into bringing a Great Wolf Lodge-like hotel and water park attraction to the development, Barket said the idea is “phenomenal,” and he has begun the process. Centrum’s requested TIF is $15 million for the first phase and just under $7 million for the second phase, Barket clarified, with the rest of the total $34 million in requested subsidies coming from special sales-tax districts. The city would still receive some tax revenue from the project, a projected $1.35 million or more a year, Barket said. If the city does not move forward with the TIF, Barket could start to parcel off the property, he noted. The day after he spoke, Centrum moved forward with plans to shut down the mall concourse to walkers, leaving its last tenant, LensCrafters, as the only part of the mall open until it leaves in September. Once the mall is vacant, Centrum has options: CVS wants to build a store on the property, and Centrum and co-owner Angelo, Gordon & Co. could take tax write-offs by donating parcels of the property to churches or schools, Barket said.

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mall redevelopment. All the aldermen liked the idea of adding housing to the mall site. The future of Crestwood is not in an entertainment district or retail, suggested board President Tim Trueblood of Ward 2, but instead in meeting the demand of people wanting to move into Crestwood and Lindbergh Schools. The city was named the best place in Missouri to raise children by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2011. “We’re focusing on putting new businesses in this mall area, and I’m not so sure that they’re going to be any bettersupported than the vacant ones we have now,” he said. “That’s why I want the housing.” Besides housing, aldermen liked the idea of the creation of a downtown-style area, which is included in the redevelopment plan Centrum brought to the board a year ago. The “District at Crestwood” plans call for an upscale movie theater, a bowling concept and a comedy club to surround a plaza where farmer’s markets and similar types of events could be held. “I could see that area, if properly developed, becoming like a downtown area,” Trueblood said, adding that housing would only add to the downtown atmosphere. Ward 1 Alderman Darryl Wallach said he likes the idea of adding some housing into the District at Crestwood, which could make it more like the Cleveland Flats mixed-use development in Cleveland. However, he noted, Centrum’s current plans already include a downtown area, including a plaza, farmer’s market and ice rink. Trueblood said he supported a development that is 80 percent housing and 20 percent retail, while Wallach and Ward 2 Alderman Mary Stadter said they supported much lower percentages, with Stadter mentioning a mix more along the lines of 50 percent housing and 50 percent entertainment or retail. Houses, which could be condos, town homes or villas, would provide immediate revenue to the city and would not go in or out of favor based on retail trends, Trueblood noted. “We had a great 55-year run (with retail), we did quite well with it,” he said. “(Housing) fits what we’re known for now. We’re no longer known for the Plaza. We’re known as the best place to raise kids.” The board also liked the idea of adding an attraction to capitalize on Crestwood’s location on historic Route 66. “We’ve got Route 66 right in the middle of our city,” Stadter said. “Why not theme something along with that and draw people in that way?” “There’s a lot of history on this piece of concrete out here,” agreed Trueblood, who said he has met international visitors coming through the city because they are traveling Route 66. He suggested a drive-in movie theater could be located at the corner of Sappington and Watson roads, where the grading of the mall is far below Watson Road. Disagreeing with aldermen who want to see more retail stores in the plans, Ward 4

Alderman Dan Tennessen said he believes the United States is overbuilt with retail, so he prefers the lifestyle and entertainment options in Centrum’s current plan. A hotel/ water park combined attraction, like Great Wolf Lodge, could bring in people from all over the Midwest who prefer to drive to their vacations, he noted. The closest Great Wolf Lodge is in Kansas City. The development should be unique and not just full of big-box stores, Trueblood agreed. “I’m sure that the people that have sunk their millions and millions of dollars into it have it in their best interests to find something that’s going to succeed, as well,” Stadter noted. Schlink said he hopes for more retail, citing the successful mixed-use Landing development in Branson, which has a small Bass Pro Shops and other stores, alongside restaurants and housing. Ward 3 Alderman Bill Boston also got behind residential and retail, noting that Kirkwood and Brentwood have recently benefited from that type of development. Some residents have expressed concerns that an entertainment district could become too successful, however, he added. “Are we going to end up like U City Loop or something?” he said. “I don’t think this type of neighborhood would want to live in that atmosphere ... That’s not my opinion, just people have told me that ...” Aldermen also discussed what Schlink called “the $34 million question” of whether they supported tax-increment financing, or TIF, and other requested taxing districts to subsidize the $121 million development. Since so many young families are moving into Crestwood, the effect on the school district comes into play, Schlink said: until the TIF is paid off, the school district would receive little to no benefit from the development. “Right now, we’re generating zero there,” Ward 1 Alderman Richard Breeding said. “So when we talk about TIF and the affected taxing districts, you’re really only talking about their future, because their current (revenue) is almost nil ... People talk about the risk of a TIF, but the city doesn’t hold any real risk with a TIF. They’re not our bonds.” None of the aldermen objected to the use of special sales-tax districts — a transportation development district, or TDD, and a community improvement district, or CID — although Ward 3 Alderman Paul Duchild said he personally did not want to pay more than a 10-percent sales tax and thought the issue should go to a referendum if it is considered. TIF makes sense for this development, Wallach and Stadter agreed, but they were open to how much TIF should be used. They suggested that the board needs to hire the services of PGAV, the planner it has already rejected twice, to do a costbenefit analysis of Centrum’s plan. Since a TIF agreement would be a contract, the city could write in its own stipulations, Stadter said. Barket also promised to work with the city on potentially allowing state inspectors to come into the property and check for asbestos or other environmental contaminants.

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Mehlville receives 450 transfer requests, has space for 150 By GLORIA LLOYD Staff Reporter The Mehlville School District has received more than 450 transfer requests from the unaccredited Riverview Gardens School District, but it has space for only 150 transfer students, according to Superintendent Eric Knost. The Mehlville Board of Education last week voted to

establish its first-ever policy on class sizes. The policy adopts the “desirable” standards set by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or DESE, as the preferred class size in general education classrooms whenever it is reasonably attainable. Under the Missouri Supreme Court’s June ruling in the Breitenfeld v. Clayton — formerly Turner v. Clayton

— case, students residing in unaccredited districts may choose to attend another district in the same or adjoining counties. Under DESE guidelines, the unaccredited, or sending district, must choose at least one accredited school district where they will transport students interested in a transfer. (See SPACE, Page 6A)

Barket withdraws proposal for mall; challenges city’s mayor to a debate By GLORIA LLOYD Staff Reporter In the wake of his appearance at a work session of the Crestwood Board of Aldermen in early July, Centrum Properties partner Sol Barket has kept busy emailing city officials, telling them last week that he is withdrawing his redevelopment proposal and challenging Mayor Jeff Schlink to a debate. In an email last week to the Call, Barket

confirmed that he is withdrawing his plans to redevelop Crestwood Court. Centrum owns the former Crestwood Plaza mall site along with Angelo, Gordon & Co. “Yes, we are proceeding to break up the property into pieces (and) sell off outlots,” Barket wrote. “We really have no choice in the matter, this is what we have been forced to do ...” (See DEBATE, Page 8A)

Crestwood’s longtime planner PGAV withdraws services for mall proposal By GLORIA LLOYD Staff Reporter A day after confusion arose among Crestwood officials over whether Centrum Properties had withdrawn its redevelopment proposal for the Crestwood Court site, the city’s longtime planner also withdrew from the redevelopment of the former mall. Centrum, the mall’s owner along with

Angelo, Gordon & Co., had proposed an open-air entertainment and retail venue with restaurants, a movie theater, an upscale bowling venue and retail shops. Centrum has requested public subsidies for the $121 million redevelopment project, including $26.6 million in tax-increment financing, or TIF.

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Roughly 100 people participated in a rally last week to ‘implore the Board of Aldermen to reconcile their differences and unite their efforts toward redevelopment’ of Crestwood Court, according to a news release. Participants carried signs calling for city officials to ‘Remove the Pall Over the Mall’ and ‘Stop the Stall’ and move forward with redevelopment. The rally was organized by Metropolitan Congregations United and city residents.

Lindbergh board approves policies Panel to weigh zoning for Oakville senior complex county Planning Commission. GLORIA LLOYD on class size, nonresident students By The resolution, introduced by 6th District County Staff Reporter By MIKE ANTHONY Executive Editor The Lindbergh Board of Education voted last week to adopt a policy establishing class sizes and to amend a policy regarding the admission of nonresident students. Board members voted 5-0 to approve the two measures, along with a set of guidelines for admitting students from unaccredited school districts, during a July 25 special meeting. Board member (See POLICIES, Page 10A)

Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton, stated the council’s intention is to initiate “reverting, changing or amending the zoning” of the site back to its original R-2 single-family residential zoning from R-8 zoning, granted unanimously by the planning panel and County Council last year. Meanwhile, despite significant opposition shown by members of the Oakville community at a series of (See ZONING, Page 9A)

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• Debate At the board’s July 9 redevelopment work session, Barket said Centrum is pursuing the possibility of parceling off the lot and donating it for a tax write-off to nonprofits, including schools and churches. For years, CVS has been interested in leasing the corner of Watson and Sappington roads for a drug store, he noted. In a July 22 email to Schlink, Barket said he is confident that by parceling off lots, Centrum could get a return close to the $17 million it paid to Westfield Group for the mall in 2008. Centrum representative Rebecca Hawkinson declined to comment on the withdrawal of Centrum’s proposal from the city. In an email sent the night of the board meeting, Barket disputed a TIF figure a television reporter had attributed to Schlink and challenged the mayor to a debate. “I am challenging the mayor to a debate at the date of your choosing, so long as it is soon,” Barket wrote. “We will debate these and other outrageous claims the mayor continues to make unfounded ... He is not qualified to make statements and comment on anything that he says to the press and constantly ignores the facts, not because he is a bad guy but because he doesn’t understand the issues and is simply not qualified to make the assumptions that he does ... “If the mayor is amenable, myself or a representative from ownership will do a live debate with the mayor to discuss any issue he feels he has with our project and what he feels is a better option.” Schlink told the Call this week that he and Barket agreed not to discuss the redevelopment proposal with the press for the next month. “In my opinion, this matter has collected and attracted too much negative attention,” he said. “Centrum and I would like to improve the community and we need a breather.” Although Barket agreed during the work session to look into an environmental study paid for by the state of Missouri, he later told Schlink in an email that he would

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When the Call went to press, however, Centrum had not yet formally withdrawn its proposal with the city. Centrum had proposed an open-air entertainment and retail venue with restaurants, a movie theater, an up-scale bowling venue and retail shops. As part of the $121 million redevelopment project, Centrum requested public subsidies, including $26.6 million in tax-increment financing, or TIF. Schlink’s announcement at the July 23 Crestwood Board of Aldermen meeting that Barket withdrew his proposal by email caused confusion among board members over whether they could still vote on a planning study for a redevelopment proposal that may be off the table. The meeting followed a rally and prayer vigil attended by roughly 100 people who called for the city to “Remove the Pall Over the Mall” and “Stop the Stall” by moving forward with Centrum’s redevelopment proposal. The rally was organized by Metropolitan Congregations United and city residents. So far, Centrum’s proposal has evenly divided Crestwood’s eight-member Board of Aldermen 4-4, even after four new members were elected to the board in April. In a July 19 email sent to Schlink and other city officials, but not the Board of Aldermen, Barket said if the redevelopment planning study by Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets, or PGAV, was not officially listed on the July 23 board agenda, his proposal would be withdrawn. “If we are not on the agenda for Tuesday, consider our proposal withdrawn,” Barket wrote. “I will notify the press and my tenants on Monday afternoon ... If we cannot sell piecemeal as I have described, we will wait until after the April election when we can deal with a new mayor ... If you believe I am bluffing as you so often do, be my guest and test it ...”

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only agree to the environmental study if the board agreed to hire the planner. “With respect to the Missouri review ... I told you I would cooperate with you,” Barket wrote to Schlink, City Administrator Mark Sime and then-City Attorney Rob Golterman July 21. “I am not cooperating, however, until the city moves forward on our request to engage PGAV... Bottom line, if you can get us on the agenda Tuesday night and have a vote of PGAV, we will consent to your initiative to bring in the state of Missouri, whatever form that might be ...” At the board meeting, Bob Sweeney, who lives next to the mall site, said, “If the planner is hired, you have the opportunity to then review what is going on and to review the plans and make sure that ... money is not wasted, that the environment is protected and that you get what you pay for.” Mary Chubb, a Sunset Hills resident who is a member of Metropolitan Congregations United, said residents rallied to urge the board to move forward with hiring a planner. “It was the residents trying to express their frustration and anger with the lack of action and wanting a planner to be selected,” she said. Some of the residents who spoke in favor of Centrum’s redevelopment proposal said they oppose corporate welfare but support government subsidies in the form of TIF in this case, since the mall has sat mostly vacant for so long with no private development initiatives other than that of Centrum. Jennifer Bird, however, said she is opposed to corporate welfare in all cases, including this one. Bird, a Crestwood resident, is the Gravois Township Republican committeewoman and a state Republican committeewoman. “If you have skin in the game, put your skin in the game and take the risk like the rest of us who have small businesses do,” she said. “... We could move forward, and we could move forward over a cliff ... I’m glad you’re not caving to the whining, crying, bullying and demanding that I’m hearing.”

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The PGAV planning study is a precursor to sending the redevelopment project to the St. Louis County TIF Commission. PGAV previously performed a preliminary analysis of Centrum’s proposal. At its July 23 meeting, the Crestwood Board of Aldermen rejected the $29,000 PGAV study for the third time, following previous denials in December and June. PGAV withdrew its proposal the next day, however, writing to Mayor Jeff Schlink that it does not want to be associated with any more negative votes against the redevelopment project. At each PGAV rejection, board members who voted against the study noted they did not vote against PGAV, but were instead registering their discontent with Centrum’s proposal. Despite those statements, PGAV, which consults nationwide and has been Crestwood’s planning consultant since 1982, did not like its association with repeated rejections by the board. In a letter to Schlink, PGAV Vice President John Brancaglione wrote, “Each time the name of our firm comes up in the context of a negative vote, we believe it can be publicly construed that something about our organization is the issue. “We believe this is not true, but I’ve had emails and phone calls that suggest it can be perceived negatively. Therefore, based on what I believe to be the board’s lack of understanding of the processes associated with redevelopment of a major property of

this sort and our desire to no longer be the subject of ‘no’ votes at your meetings, we are formally withdrawing our proposal to assist the city.” Brancaglione’s letter also noted the “divergent views” of aldermen regarding the redevelopment of the mall property. “It seems to us that there are firm opinions by members of the board about many aspects of this property and the processes associated with achieving redevelopment of this large and topographically challenged site,” he wrote. “Based on meetings we have attended and newspaper accounts — to the extent that they are accurate — it is clear to us that many of the board’s opinions and premises for action — or lack of it — on this project are not based on factual information. “We have attempted to dispel and correct much of this thinking without success.” Last week, Ward 1 Alderman Darryl Wallach made a motion for the PGAV study to be considered again, this time asking the planner to review ideas aldermen brought up in their July 9 work session. The motion failed 5-3, with Wallach, Ward 1 Alderman Richard Breeding and Ward 4 Alderman Daniel Tennessen voting for the study. Ward 2 Alderman Mary Stadter, who was first elected in April and voted to move forward with the PGAV study in June, voted “no” so that she could bring the study back up for a vote. A rejected ordinance can only be reconsidered if it is changed or if someone who rejected it brings it back, which is why no one formally placed the planner on the July 23 agenda in advance, Rob Golterman said in his last meeting as city attorney.

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