One item on Richmond Heights council agenda

The agenda for the April 3 Richmond Heights City Council meeting was released on Thursday. No new business is on the agenda; the only old business is the second vote on a bill to enable city to join Missouri Clean Energy District and Show Me PACE. City Manager Amy Hamilton’s report is on the agenda, like usual. At the March 6 meeting the officials gave the OK for city staff to take steps to analyze if the city will consider proceeding with tax abatement for Boland Place apartments, at Dale Avenue and Boland Place. In the mean time, demolition of the church on the site is almost complete.

Only the steeple and front doors remain

All that remains undemolished of the church, where an apartment complex has been proposed at Boland Place and Dale Avenue, is the steeple and the metal front doors. A contractor there said he didn’t know if the steeple would be saved. At the Richmond Heights City Council meeting on March 6, the council approved steps to analyze if the city will consider proceeding with tax abatement for Boland Place apartments. The former AB Green School is undergoing asbestos remediation in preparation for its demolition.

Funding plan approved for apartments

Richmond Heights officials Monday night approved steps to analyze if the city will consider proceeding with tax abatement for Boland Place apartments, at Dale Avenue and Boland Place. About 10 were in the audience, including members of the Mid-County Chamber of Commerce, the Maplewood Richmond Heights School Board and city staff. None spoke in the meeting. At the last meeting, the developer, Joseph Cyr, asked the city (in a closed session) to consider a payment in lieu of taxes, City Manager Amy Hamilton said in her report in the meeting. To analyze the request — for the city council to determine what action is appropriate — the city must hire consultants to do due diligence.

Richmond Heights officials may agree to funding plan for apartment project

It appears, from the agenda for the upcoming council meeting, that Richmond Heights city officials may be willing to work with developer Joseph Cyr who has asked for tax abatement for his planned apartment complex at Dale Avenue and Boland Place. At the February 22 Richmond Heights council meeting, city officials gave Cyr a six-month extension to break ground on his planned apartment complex. Later in the meeting, in closed session, Cyr told the council he needed tax abatement to make it possible. One of the items in the city manager’s report for the March 6 meeting is: “Preliminary Funding Agreement – between P & M Holdings, LLC – for Residences at Boland Place.” See the full 3-6-17 council agenda.

Developer says apartment project requires tax abatement

Joseph Cyr, the developer wanting to build The Boland Place apartment project, at Dale and Boland in Richmond Heights, told the city council in a closed session last week that he needs tax abatement to make it possible. A source shared a document with 40 South — RequestTaxAbatement28022017  —  in which Cyr makes his request to the Richmond Heights City Council. Cyr says the project equity is in place, and he’s in the process of scoring a loan. The lender estimated the real estate taxes 60 percent higher than Cyr planned for. He says the lender has taken the most conservative approach and set tax projections at a very high level.

Richmond Heights Council gives Boland Place 6-month extension

Richmond Heights officials Tuesday night approved an extension for Joseph Cyr’s development plan for his Boland Place apartments at Boland and Dale. The council approved Cyr’s development on March 3, 2016. By ordinance he had a year to start work. In a letter to the city council he asked for a extension, to May 9, to for time to obtain an abatement permit and mobilize on the site. He also said in the letter: “moving forward is subject to lender clearance…”

Richmond Heights officials cancel closed session with developer, open meeting planned

According to a source, Richmond Heights officials Monday night canceled a closed session with Joseph Cyr, the developer the city gave the OK to for Boland Place apartments at Dale and Boland avenues. Cyr and/or his business partner will report on the status of the project and financing at the Feb. 21 city council meeting in open session, the source says. Richmond Heights City Manager Amy Hamilton hasn’t responded immediately to a request for comment. According to the source, at the Feb.

Richmond Heights officials approve liquor license, herbal store

Richmond Heights City Council at its meeting on Monday approved a liquor license for Maggiano’s Little Italy in The Boulevard. Also, the council upheld planning and zoning’s approval of P&Z Petition #2017-01, a conditional use permit for Nuwati Herbals at 7610 Dale Avenue. The store offers natural herbal teas, balms, bath products, pet lines and outdoor products, according to its Facebook page. The city reported live from the meeting with Twitter. See the full Feb.

Closing date set for hotel development in Richmond Heights

The sale of 4.5 acres at Hanley and Dale and Interstate 64, from the city of Richmond Heights to Summit Development for a hotel and mixed use development, was finalized at the city council meeting on Tuesday. Officials approved the sixth amendment to the sale agreement with Summit. Closing will take place on or before Feb 14, 2017, according to city manager, Amy Hamilton. The lot was under contract with Summit Development Group for $5.5 million, Hamilton said previously. Hotel, retail, restaurants coming to Richmond Heights
Hotel planned for Richmond Heights; Menards outbuilding update
4.5 acre site under contract with Summit Group

A hotel, restaurants and retail space are planned for the property.

Hotel, retail, restaurants coming to Richmond Heights

Richmond Heights officials on Monday night passed the first reading of five bills related to approving a hotel plus mixed use — the Crossing at Richmond Heights — to be built on 6.4 acres at Highway 64/40, South Hanley Road, Dale Avenue and The Heights. Summit Development Group president, Scott Reese, said after meeting the five-story Courtyard Marriott is the only piece that’s determined; they’re negotiating with retailers and restaurants. The 16,000 square feet of retail will be geared toward business travelers. He said they hope to close on the property in January and start construction in mid-February. The retail is set to open in fall 2017, the hotel in spring 2018.

Richmond Heights officials OK Arthur Ashe memorial

Richmond Heights officials, at their meeting on Monday, gave the OK for city staff to look into developing a memorial to professional tennis player, Arthur Ashe, who lived in Richmond Heights in the early 60s. Ashe lived in Richmond Heights from 1960-1961, at the home of his coach, Richard Hudlin, at the corner of Laclede Station Road and Bennett Avenue, according to the city of Richmond Heights. According to Wikipedia: Ashe was the first black tennis player selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open. He won three Grand Slam titles. He retired in 1980. He died in 1993.

Richmond Heights officials approve new restaurant

Richmond Heights officials on Monday approved a permit for a new restaurant at the corner of Ethel Avenue and Big Bend Boulevard. Ha Tron, Richmond Heights resident and owner of Beautiful Nails, in Richmond Heights, got city approval to open a Vietnamese restaurant at 7494 Ethel Avenue. In his application, Tron said he bought the house, and the property to the south for a parking lot, in 2012. He said he couldn’t remodel the property for the past three years because of MSD sewer work. He plans to offer Vietnamese rice dishes, noodles, sandwiches, coffee, beer and wine for lunch and dinner, according to his application.

The Boulevard progresses, with TIF

The Boulevard, a proposed mixed-use development across from the Galleria in Richmond Heights, has been half complete since 2005; city officials took a step Monday leading to finally finishing the project, KMOV reported. A Chicago-based developer wants to buy the completed and uncompleted property from Pace Property with the hope of finally finishing it. Richmond Heights officials at their meeting took the first vote to approve the sale. The final vote is due on October 3. It’s expected to pass.

Richmond Heights officials vote to add video to public access law

Richmond Heights officials, at the council meeting on Monday, passed a measure to include police video in an ordinance that restricts public access to crime scene photos and other crime-related information until investigations are finished. It was passed to match new state law, city manager, Amy Hamilton said. Governor Jay Nixon signed the state legislation in July. Richmond Heights covers its council meetings live, through Twitter, at @RichmondHghtsMO.

Richmond Heights approves joint fire command study; Brentwood and Maplewood: not yet

Three cities — Clayton, Rock Hill and Richmond Heights — have now approved a resolution to authorize their city administrators/managers to work with the fire chiefs to  study a joint fire command for Brentwood, Clayton, Maplewood, Richmond Heights and Rock Hill. Richmond Heights officials passed the resolution on August 15. 

All cities would have their own fire departments and fire stations, but would share a joint fire command staff structure. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: A study by Emergency Services Consulting International concluded “a consolidated administrative and support branch to oversee operation of the five fire departments would lead to improved efficiency and elimination of redundant effort,” improved firefighter safety and possibly cost-savings. Richmond Heights City Manager Amy Hamilton said Wednesday that the council didn’t want to study to linger; she said they wondered if six months would be enough time.

Richmond Heights strengthens its indecency laws

The city of Richmond Heights has followed a month behind Maplewood in strengthening its indecency laws to head off any businesses similar to Social House II in University City, whose wait staff wears only body paint and pasties from the waist up, CBS News/KMOX has reported. The city’s revised law requires “opaque clothing” rather than just body paint. Maplewood’s revised ordinance uses similar language. “If we were to have the same sort of issue in Richmond Heights, we realized that our code as it stood could use some strengthening,” Richmond Heights City Manager Amy Hamilton told KMOX. The ordinance passed the city council with an 8-0 vote, according to the radio station.

Richmond Heights receives 26th consecutive financial reporting recognition

The City of Richmond Heights has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association. The award was for the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2015.  This is the 26th consecutive year the City of Richmond Heights has won the award. The certificate of achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The City’s CAFR met high standards, including a “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate people to read the CAFR, according to the association. The City of Richmond Heights Finance Department is led by Finance Director Sara J. Fox.

$5.5 million property sale included in Richmond Heights budget

The planned sale of 4.5 acres at the northeast corner of Hanley and Dale from the city of Richmond Heights to Summit Development was included in the 2016-17 city budget, according to city manager, Amy Hamilton. The lot is under contract with Summit Development Group for $5.5 million, Hamilton said. Hotel planned for Richmond Heights; Menards outbuilding update
4.5 acre site under contract with Summit Group

A hotel, restaurants and retail space are planned for the property. No specific hotel has been named. Planning and zoning was to hold a public hearing on a preliminary development plan for 8015, 8111 and 8131 Dale Avenue at its May 19 meeting, but it was postponed.

Richmond Heights officials honor fire fighters, EMS; approve liquor licenses

Richmond Heights City Council Monday night honored Battalion Chief Brian Wideman for saving a man’s life who was suffering from a drug overdose, and also recognized EMS Week. The officials also approved a new liquor license for Pie Five Pizza, in front of Menards. The city reported on the council meeting on Twitter.

Boys Hope Girls Hope cuts the ribbon in Richmond Heights

Boys Hope Girls Hope cut the ribbon in Richmond Heights Sunday afternoon as contributors, students and parents watched from Elinor Avenue. Ten boys and 10 girls will live in the two houses, which are across Elinor from Menards. An office building is in the middle between the two houses. Boys Hope Girls Hope could land in Richmond Heights/MRH
Boys Hope Girls Hope site plan approved in Richmond Heights