Election to be held to replace departing Maplewood council member

Maplewood Ward 1 council member, and Maplewood Baptist Pastor Steven Moseley, has accepted a position as campus pastor at The Baptist Home in Chillicothe, MO, he said Wednesday. Moseley said his last Sunday as pastor at Maplewood Baptist will be November 19. He was elected to the city council in April, running unopposed. Ward 1 incumbent David Cerven filed to run then dropped out. The next possible election date to replace Moseley on the the council, according the the St.

Maplewood mayor launches blog

Maplewood Mayor Barry Greenberg announced at the council meeting Tuesday that he has launched a blog for him to communicate with residents. He said he hopes the site will allow him to have a dialog with residents on city issues, including asking him questions. The site is at maplewoodmayor.com. The site has a list of eight rules and disclaimers. Greenberg’s advice for commenters are: always comment on the subject topic; use short sentences; use good blogging manners – be courteous and respectful, avoid rudeness, profanity, racial comments or inappropriate offensive comments; do not use confidential information in your comments.

Maplewood officials talk greenway options; OK Thai restaurant

Maplewood council members voted unanimously Tuesday evening to allow a permit for the Thai Table restaurant to operate at 7403 Manchester Road. Owner, Somying Fox, along with her business partner, Natthinee Hughes, said they’re planning to open in January 2018. Fox said the menu will be authentic Thai, and “upscale.” Hughes lives in Maplewood, and Fox said she’d like to move here; she said she likes the school district. The council also discussed a potential greenway biking/walking route through Maplewood that would connect the now under construction Great Rivers Greenway near Francis Slay Park on McCausland Avenue with Deer Creek Park. Routes being considered are along Greenwood Boulevard; or a south route, along Deer Creek.

Maplewood Council discusses greenway route

The Maplewood City Council met in a work session Wednesday evening at Foley’s Bar and Grill to talk about a dedicated bicycle/running/walking trail to connect the Deer Creek Greenway to the River Des Peres Greenway extension, now being completed on Ellendale and Wabash avenues. Great Rivers Greenway has asked Maplewood for input about where the connecting route might run through the city. Mayor Barry Greenberg said Friday that the meeting was at Foley’s because they wanted feedback from the business and property owners in the area one option that would take the trail down Greenwood Boulevard. See also: Deer Creek Greenway to be extended; officials to discuss connecting Maplewood

Councilman Ray Crader said on Facebook that the discussion was well attended. One route considered, the council is calling the southern route, would take the trail along the southern boundary of city following Deer Creek.

City experiments at traffic light fix

This summer drivers heading north on Sutton Boulevard at Manchester Road noticed that the new windows at 7401 Manchester Road reflected the signal lights for east-bound Manchester traffic, creating a possibly confusing situation. In early August the windows were covered with paper. Building owner David Schlafly said the paper was a test. He said at the time that the Maplewood building department is either installing a louver on the light or relocating it to fix the problem. He said the paper on the windows was to help with with the city’s tests.

Deer Creek Greenway to be extended; officials to discuss connecting Maplewood

The Deer Creek Greenway paved biking trail is set to be 1.5 miles longer, connecting Deer Creek Park with Webster Groves, it’s been announced. Construction to extend the Deer Creek Greenway from its current endpoint in Deer Creek Park and connect it with Lorraine Davis Park in Webster Groves is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 16. The extension will add 1.5 miles to the existing 0.7-mile greenway, for a total of 2.2 miles, according to Great Rivers Greenway. The Maplewood City Council is considering how Maplewood residents can connect to the route.The council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the upper room of Foley’s, 3522 Greenwood Boulevard, to discuss the Deer Creek Greenway.

Maplewood ranks high on national ‘hipster’ list

Maplewood (ZIP code 63143) has been ranked 14th nationally on a National Association of Realtors’ list of “hipster” places to live — beating out cities such as Eugene, Oregon, and Minneapolis. Hipsters, according to the study, are “those who embrace the indie culture and tend to embrace lifestyles of artisanal coffee and avocado toast.” Maplewood has at least half a dozen shops to find ‘artisanal coffee.’ The director of economic research for realtor.com® said hipsters have a knack for getting it right. “Based on our research, there’s clear evidence that ‘hipster’ popularity — in markets like Austin, Texas — has led to mainstream interest and higher home prices over time,” said Javier Vivas, director of economic research for realtor.com®.

Saint Louis Closet Co. to install closets in firehouse, on city agenda

The city of Maplewood plans to use Maplewood business, St. Louis Closet Company, for built-in closets in the new firehouse. The council will consider a resolution to approve a bid from the company at its meeting on Tuesday. The company submitted the sole bid to the city for the installation. According to the agenda the cost will be $44,472 for closets to be installed in seven bunk rooms and an office.

Piano bar space back on the market

Live Juke Joint Piano Bar, at Manchester and Sutton, closed in July after a year and a half in business. The space is back on the market. Before the Live Juke Joint Piano Bar, the spot was the Blind Tiger restaurant, the Jumpin’ Jupiter cabaret, and Jive and Wail piano bar. Red Brick owns the building and is listing the 5,500 square foot space it at $16-20 PSF.

Thai restaurant passes Maplewood P&Z

A request for a new Thai restaurant passed Maplewood planning and zoning Monday night unanimously. The owner of Basil Spice Thai Cuisine on South Grand, Somying Fox, is planning the new restaurant at 7403 Manchester Road; to be called Thai Table, according to plan and zoning commission member Sandi Phillips. The request will go to the city council next.

Maplewood officials OK Airbnb, police car cams

Maplewood city officials on Tuesday approved new police cars, car video cameras, and also a new AirBnb. According to Mayor Barry Greenberg, the council passed, among others:

A resolution to provide $7,000 in overtime reimbursement for ‘enforcement activities involving occupant protection, hazardous moving violations and vulnerable roadway user enforcement activities.’ The grant, through Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Blueprint for Safer Roadways Program, also provides $3,060 for a new radar unit. A resolution to buy three police vehicles from Bommarito Ford for $56,178, including a trade-in. Ten Panasonic cameras for installation in 10 police patrol vehicles at a cost of $99,707.

Pet shop shop dog has died

Sassybear, the Airedale Terrier owned by Tony and Sheri Phipps, owners of Airedale Antics pet supply store, passed on three to four weeks ago. Sheri Phipps told 40 South that news after reading last week that Pepper, of Scheidt Hardware, owned by Bob Scheidt, had died. Phipps said a memorial has been in the shop since she passed. Sassybear was the Airedale Antics shop dog for many years. Airedale Antics is at 7316 Manchester Road.