I'm the editor and publisher of 40 South News. Previously I was an editor for the AOL-owned Patch.com in St. Louis. At various times I edited Patch sites in Clayton, Richmond Heights, Brentwood, Maplewood, Shrewsbury, Affton and others. Before that I shot and wrote for the Principia School, in St. Louis. I live in Maplewood with my wife, Nancy.
McCausland Avenue south of Manchester is paved on Aug. 16, though on Aug. 18 at least part of that fresh asphalt — south of Southwest — has no lines. https://twitter.com/ward24stl/status/1030092104658243586
Instagram users have posted photos of the new ‘Schnucks’ sign in Maplewood. The store has announced it will open Wednesday at 7 a.m. Also, Thai Table restaurant, in the 7400 block of Manchester, posts that it’s “opening very soon.” https://www.instagram.com/p/BmoLJGmnkST/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=dnx1tirea0gx
From the local press about Maplewood, Brentwood and Richmond Heights — new school year, Rachelle L’Ecuyer, residential and commercial real estate in Richmond Heights, Maplewood council news. Alive — Joe Edwards Announces Delmar Loop’s First Executive Director Rachelle L’Ecuyer
Fox 2 — Music video shows students what it takes to prepare for the first day of school
Fox 2 — Man charged with taking photos up women’s dresses
KMOV — BACK TO SCHOOL: Skyzoom 4 flies over local schools on their first day
KMOV — Water main break, construction causing traffic headache on Manchester
KSDK — New school year transition for children with autism
St. Louis Business Journal — New Richmond Heights plaza will add ‘fresh air’ to St. Louis retail: 6 questions with Colliers broker Erin Torney
St. Louis Business Journal — On the market: The most expensive homes in Richmond Heights
The Brentwood Police Department has sworn in a new police officer as a major of the department. She has 13 years experience on the St. Louis city police force. https://twitter.com/BrentwoodMoPD/status/1030477080511885312
Maplewood Mayor Barry Greenberg has responded to comments made on the report on the proposed Community Improvement District, which was discussed at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Greenberg’s response:
Many of the comments made regarding the establishment of a Community Improvement District (CID) are inaccurate based on what appears to be a lack of understanding of how a CID is established and its intended purpose, the concept of use tax and how sales tax on automobiles is paid in the state of Missouri. A more detailed explanation of the structure of a CID is available at:
The CID receives an assessment of one percent of goods sold within the district that are subject to sales tax and the same for use tax. Sales tax is pretty straightforward, use tax is discussed here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Use_tax
Sales tax on automobiles is based on where the buyer lives, not where the vehicle was sold. Based on the provided information, some of the comments previously made are inaccurate and some I would consider to be negligent.
Construction on the new Total Access Urgent Care in Richmond Heights is underway, showing a design that’s a rough facsimile of the building it replaced. See also: Drawings for Maplewood Total Access Urgent Care submitted
Maplewood Police posted recently on Twitter and Facebook about a man charged with domestic assault and armed criminal action, and one trying to buy a controlled substance; also about Maplewood officers taking part in a diversity recruitment fair in north county. https://twitter.com/MaplewoodMOPD/status/1030076848691195904
Two vacant lots in Brentwood are awaiting plans. Mayor of Brentwood Chris Thornton owns the vacant lot at S. Brentwood Boulevard and White Avenue (2301 S. Brentwood Boulevard). An office building for his wife’s insurance business was previously planned there. In September 2017 Thornton submitted a request to planning and zoning for a 909 square-foot custard shop called Three Monkeys. According to the city’s building department, Thornton hasn’t yet submitted plans and asked for a 90-day extension, which runs out in October.
After a discussion of traffic calming measures on various streets, Maplewood officials on Tuesday approved the city manager purchasing speed bumps for Marietta Avenue. Residents of Marietta have said that the number of children on the block has increased from one to 17 in the past 12 years. They’re concerned about speeding drivers, especially during morning rush hour. The city’s traffic study showed that it qualified for speed bumps, both in the number of cars going over the limit, and total number of cars. See also: Parents on Marietta concerned about speeding drivers
City Manager Marty Corcoran said after the meeting that he knew of only one resident of the street who didn’t want speed bumps — she favored narrowing the street with planters to slow traffic instead.
Then St. Louis County Councilman Pat Dolan (5th District) said in April 2016, posted in 40 South News, that the St. Louis County Council had approved the right-turn only lane on northbound Big Bend at Manchester, that it was an in-house county job. The city of Maplewood hadn’t been told at the time. He said the county highway department had been waiting on federal money, which came through, and that road projects take time and work goes on before a municipality might be notified.
From a photo taken recently and shared by MRH, it looks like about 72 students in the Maplewood Richmond Heights class of 2022. That’s up from the approximately 63 counted in last year’s class of 2021 photo, also taken at the start of the year. The class of 2021 had an eclipse theme. Both photos are below. And here’s this year’s staff, from MRH High School on Twitter —
Brentwood School District is ranked 18th in the state, and Maplewood Richmond Heights District is 30th in the 2019 survey. The survey also ranks each school individually in the state. The Niche rankings are based on “academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users.” Brentwood High School is ranked 28th in public high schools in Missouri. MRH High School is ranked 4th in the 2019 Niche Standout High Schools list, limited to schools with 1) at least 50 percent of students identified by the school as economically disadvantaged and 2) a Niche overall grade of B or higher.
Traffic was delayed during Monday morning rush hour when a temporary traffic light over Manchester Road at Big Bend sagged into traffic. Crews are constructing a right-turn only lane from northbound Bid Bend onto Manchester. These contributed photos were taken at around 9 a.m.
The developer of the proposed Boland Place apartments, Joseph Cyr, had agreed with the city to level and seed the vacant property on Saturday, a source said. The work didn’t happen. Boland Place, at Boland and Dale, was approved by Richmond Heights council members in Feb. 2016. Cyr recently said work on the development will begin in September.
The closing (for now) of Wong’s Inn, what’s for lease in Maplewood, and ‘in the press’ — (Lisa Clancy, Del Pietro’s, Vitality Bowls) were the most popular posts last week. Here’s the top 10. Wong’s Inn future uncertain
Restaurant sign posted, plus spaces for lease at Manchester and Sutton
In the press: Lisa Clancy, Del Pietro’s, Vitality Bowls, burning trash dump
In Maplewood: new signs, new names; Toasty Subs renaming
Giant turbine blade passes through Maplewood
Rachelle L’Ecuyer hired by Delmar Loop business district
Maplewood resident Lisa Clancy wins county council seat
Maplewood artist’s work selected for Gateway Arch grounds
Hearing set for Schnucks liquor licenses, Update: store opening date set
Record-breaking Sophia Rivera transfers to MIZZOU