Resident wants to save historic Lustron houses in Brentwood

Brentwood resident Barry Williams recently sent a letter to Brentwood Mayor David Dimmitt, encouraging a Lustron historic district along Litzsinger Road to protect the eight Lustron houses between Annalee Avenue and High School Drive. He said that with property values rising, the historic enameled steel houses are endangered. Williams’ letter to Mayor Dimmitt:

Dear Mayor Dimmitt,

With land values soaring in Brentwood and large houses now all the rage, our city’s remaining Lustron houses are clearly endangered.  I therefore would like to see Brentwood establish a Lustron historic district along Litzsinger Road to protect the 8 consecutive Lustrons between Annalee and High School.  These unique steel houses are now over 70 years old – more than old enough to quality for federal “historic” status – and few cities possess as many of them per capita as Brentwood does.  (Brentwood may actually be Number 1 per capita!)  But if a special historic district is not possible, I would like to see the City reserve a site in one of its parks to which one or two of these houses could eventually be moved.  Perhaps they could be rented out for special events.  I feel it’s important that one or two of these historic houses be preserved in Brentwood, especially in light of their ties to the St. Louis Cardinals’ DeWitt Family. Williams also included, in an email to 40 South, a link to a national Lustron locator, which shows Brentwood’s 12 surviving Lustrons along with two that were recently demolished.

In the news: MRH board, RFT on Maplewood restaurant, MetroLink hits person

What’s been in the news lately. KMOV — Person hit by MetroLink train in Maplewood
Fox 2 — MetroLink service halts after train strikes person near Maplewood station | FOX 2
Fort-Worth Star Telegram — Patricia LeBlanc, 1924-2021, obituary
Riverfront Times — Asador Del Sur Is Miami’s Loss, St. Louis’ Gain | Cafe – Riverfront Times
St. Louis Public Radio — St. Louis-area school board members reflect on education during COVID-19 – St.

From MO Dept. of Transportation, update on Manchester Road work

Missouri Department of Transportation Communications Specialist Andrew Gates reported last week on the ongoing work along Manchester Road between Big Bend and Lindbergh boulevards. Drivers can expect lane closures and shifts along Mary Avenue, Dorothy and Van Mark Way once work starts until about mid-December, he said. From Gates:

Our utility partners are still working along the corridor to move their utilities out of the construction zone. Most of that is currently in the west end of the project, and much of that work is being done at night. Crews are working on removing sidewalks and constructing new entrances along the stretch of Manchester between Big Bend and Hanley.

Former MRH teacher, principal and coach dies: in the news reported Mr. Seng’s passing. See more reported in the news. Feast Magazine — Deer Creek Bar & Grill continues the legacy of a beloved Maplewood neighborhood staple — Charles Seng Obituary (2021) – Saint Louis, MO – St. Louis Post-Dispatch –  — the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported the Seng’s 70th wedding anniversary in 2018

KMOV — Police: Man stole ambulance after getting treated at hospital | St.

Increase in car break-ins, catalytic convertor thefts, graffiti: Maplewood Police

Maplewood Police Officer Jason Schuster on Thursday sent an email to block captains, asking them to tell their neighbors about a recent increase in reported thefts from vehicles (catalytic convertors and break-ins) and property damage/graffiti. Schuster passed on information on catalytic convertor thefts that will be featured in the upcoming Fall/Winter Maplewood Newsletter:
The St. Louis Metropolitan area has seen a rise in the theft of catalytic converters from vehicles to include the City of Maplewood.  There have been approximately thirty (30) catalytic converter thefts in the City of Maplewood during this calendar year. The main reason is the value of the metals in the manufacturing of catalytic converters.  Catalytic converters contain precious metals including rhodium, platinum, and palladium.  All cars made after 1974 are required to have catalytic converters.  Recyclers will pay between $50 and $250 for a catalytic converter, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).  The rate of catalytic converter theft varies depending on the current prices of the metals.  Price increases typically result in an increase in thefts. 

The metals can be sold for even more if lifted from hybrid gas-electric cars. Hybrids, such as a Toyota Prius, are most often targeted because their catalytic converters contain the largest amount of those expensive metals.

Brentwood ‘native,’ 2015 BHS graduate, announces Congressional campaign:

St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Jack Suntrup writes that Brentwood ‘native’ Raymond Reed is the third Democrat this year to announce a run to represent Missouri’s 2nd District — challenging incumbent, U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner. And more from the news, too. Fox 2 — Hell’s Kitchen winner meets with fans at Blue Duck before moving to Vegas
Fox 2 — Hell’s Kitchen winner dishes on life after finale | FOX 2
KMOV — Schlafly Beer Art Outside Festival returns to Maplewood | St. Louis News Headlines |
Missouri Independent — St.

Maplewood Mayor honors childcare center with proclamation

Maplewood resident Ann Bouwhuis started Home Away From Home Child Care Center 25 years ago to meet the need in the Sunnen Business Park. Last week Maplewood Mayor Nikylan Knapper recognized Bouwhuis’ successful business with a proclamation. Mayor Knapper and the council members passed a proclamation declaring Tuesday Sept. 28 2021 as Home Away From Home Child Care Day. Knapper then went to the school on Wednesday and presented Bouwhuis with the proclamation.

Former Manhasset Village Store demolished; 102 townhomes planned

Brentwood resident Barry Williams has reported to 40 South News what he calls “another loss to report.” It’s the former Manhasset Village Store at 8915 Eager Road in Richmond Heights. The city of Richmond Heights has approved building 102 townhomes at the site, at 8845 and 8915 Eager Road, by developer, Grand Communities, LLC. It was the last surviving building of the 353-unit Manhasset Village Apartment Complex that opened in 1939, according to Williams. “The recently-demolished store was a magical destination for me and countless other candy-loving children in Manhasset Village and Audubon Park years ago,” he said. Williams added that every tree on the parcel was also razed.

Maplewood chef wins reality show contest, Carl’s has new owner: In the news

Area news that made the news. Fox 2 — Maplewood chef wins Hell’s Kitchen and proposes to girlfriend
Fox 2 — This coffee roasting food truck is coming to your neighborhood — Harold E. Gaskin (obituary, service was Sept. 10)

Riverfront Times — St. Louis Bars To Bowl
St. Louis Magazine — Carl’s Drive-In is under new ownership in Brentwood
Webster-Kirkwood Times — Deer Creek Bar & Grill Plans Opening

Burger King in Richmond Heights closes, opened in 1966

Longtime area restaurant, Burger King, at 1200 S. Brentwood Boulevard in Richmond Heights, opposite the St. Louis Galleria Mall, has closed, Brentwood resident Barry Williams has reported. The Burger King international restaurant chain was founded in Miami in 1954 and its Richmond Heights store was among the chain’s oldest surviving locations. When it opened in 1966 it was the company’s 194th store. Burger King now has about 17,800 stores, according to Williams.

The Boulevard retail complex is expanding southward toward the restaurant, which could be a reason for the Burger King’s closing.

Former Cousin Hugo’s to reopen on Saturday: In the news

Area news that made the news:

Fox 2 — Hell’s Kitchen finalist on what he’s learned from Gordon Ramsay | FOX 2  —Blue Duck executive chef makes it to the final round

KSDK— These St. Louis area pools are hosting dog swims this summer – KSD —Maplewood Aquatic Center dog swim is Saturday, Sept. 18 (contrary to what KSDK has announced)

St. Louis Magazine — Deer Creek Bar & Grill opens in Maplewood on September 12 —The former Cousin Hugo’s reopens under new ownership — Historical homes you can own in the St. Louis area | Local | —2 bedroom bungalow in Richmond Heights — Made in St.

Maplewood chef is finalist on Hell’s Kitchen: Fox 2, and more in the news

Area news that made the news:

Fox 2 — Maplewood chef earns first ‘black jacket’ on Hell’s Kitchen; one of 5 finalists | FOX 2 
KSDK — Schnuck Markets expands use of Tally robots chainwide |  
Maplewood Richmond Heights School District — Four 2021 Grads Earn Prestigious “Seal of Biliteracy” – MRH School District  
St. Louis Public Radio — Thursday: CEO Of Fast-Growing St. Louis Startup Has Big Plans — St. Louis Public Schools will require staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 | Education …  

Maplewood Regional Night Out planned: it’s ice cream and snow cones

Maplewood Police Officer Jason Schuster was assigned to the responsibility of being the link between the police department and the block captains, and was asked to help plan Maplewood’s Regional Night Out events. The main purpose of the Regional Night Out is to promote a police/community partnership. Last year MPD was unsure how to proceed with Regional Night Out due COVID, and later simplified the event with the Boardwalk Waffle ice cream truck. Schuster said in an email to block captains that everyone that participated last year seemed to appreciate the event so the MPD has decided to continue with the ice cream truck and add Deer Creek Concessions snow cones. Some of the locations will have Boardwalk Waffles ice cream and some will have snow cones.  Here are the locations, dates and times for the Regional Night Out events.

Big Boy chugs through Maplewood

Monday morning Maplewood residents gathered by the tracks in the Greenwood neighborhood to see the steam locomotive the Union Pacific Big Boy #4014 heading west. Maplewood resident Charles Hardy took these photos.

Update on MoDOT Manchester Road work

Andrew Gates, communications specialist for the Missouri Department of Transportation, St. Louis district, has relayed information on planned work for Manchester Road between S. Big Bend and Lindbergh boulevards. The work includes lane closures near Lindbergh in the near future, and a full closure next summer to replace the Black Creek bridge, which is just west of South Hanley.The report from Gates:
We are getting closer to work starting on Route 100 (Manchester Road) between Big Bend and Lindbergh.  Our utility partners have been working hard to clear the construction area of their utilities, and this will continue for some time. Our contractor is determining those areas where they can work around those utility partners and is anticipating starting on the project later in the month. Right now, they are expecting to start work on the western portion of the project near Lindbergh, and start work in the eastern portion of the project near Big Bend in a couple of months, after more of the needed utility relocations are finished.

In the news: mask mandates/policies, new coffee shop

What’s in the news from our area lately. Fox 2 — Teenager’s lawn care company out of business after thieves steal equipment
KMOV — Petition seeks mask mandate at Archdiocese of St. Louis schools
KMOV — More St. Louis County districts issue school mask mandates
KMOV — LIST: St. Louis area schools’ mask policies for upcoming school year
KSDK — Maplewood Restaurant Week kicks off today through August 15
KSDK — Thieves steal teenage business owner’s equipment in Richmond Heights — Postcard from the Hiawatha in 1961
Riverfront Times — Coma Coffee Shines in New Two-Story Cafe

Walk and talk events with Maplewood mayor scheduled

Do you have questions or ideas you would like to share with the Mayor? Join Mayor  Nikylan Knapper for a Walk and Talk. Two of the events are planned for each ward: from the city of Maplewood. Ward 3:

August 21 – 8-10:30 a.m. Starting at the corner of Manchester Rd & Marshall Avenue and meandering to Greenwood Boulevard. August 22 – 8-10:30 a.m. Starting at the corner of Greenwood Boulevard and Canterbury Avenue and meandering to Manhattan Avenue.

Chase opens Richmond Heights branch: press release

Chase bank has announced it has opened its doors in Richmond Heights, the first branch in the area. The branch offers personal services and welcomes customers in casual meeting spaces, emphasizing a more consultative approach. “We’re thrilled and so proud to officially establish our roots in Richmond Heights and have this branch help existing and future Chase customers achieve their financial dreams,” said Jackie Womack, who manages the new branch at 6690 Clayton Rd.“This branch will offer financial solutions so individuals and businesses can get the most out of their money.”

Self-service transaction areas are available including a digital access bar and two interior ATMs, one drive-through ATM and one in the exterior of the branch, accessible by debit card afterhours. The branch also features Chase Private Client offices, teller services, a night depository, and free Wi-Fi. The bank hired locally for personal bankers, associate bankers, private client specialists and advisors, and home lending and business banking specialists.

In the news: masks in schools, Maplewood restaurant week, restaurant reviews,

In the local media recently: a past Olympian helps out at Maplewood pool, reviews of new restaurants, more. Fox 2 — Richmond Heights MetroLink halts service following a nearby shooting  
Fox 2 — Spike in car break-ins cause Richmond Heights Police to issue warning  
FOX 2 — Woman hit by Metrolink, sustains non-life-threatening injuries  
KMOV — Police investigating shooting near the Boulevard, MetroLink station in Richmond Heights  
KMOV — Multiple vehicles broken into in Richmond Heights  
KSDK — Past Olympian hoping to help prepare future ones in Maplewood pool  
KSDK — Requiring masks or not? St. Louis area schools decide what’s to come this fall  
Sauce Magazine — First Look: Mezcaleria Las Chupacabras in Richmond Heights  
St. Louis Magazine — PM BBQ and Hunan Wok have closed for good

Locomotive to steam through Maplewood August 30, leaving downtown STL at 8 am

The Union Pacific Big Boy  locomotive #4014, is set to leave downtown Saint Louis, heading west, on Monday, August 30. According to Union Pacific, the locomotive is scheduled to be on display in St. Louis on Sunday, August 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., departing Monday, August 30, at 8 a.m., heading west, toward Maplewood. There are eight surviving Big Boys, with most on static display at museums. One of them, #4014, was re-acquired by Union Pacific and rebuilt to operating condition in 2019, regaining the title as the largest and most powerful operating steam locomotive in the world. In 2016 Union Pacific steam locomotive #844 precviously passed through Maplewood in 2016.