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


Richmond Heights post office to re-open May 9

The Richmond Heights post office is set to re-open on Monday, May 9, the city of Richmond Heights announced on Facebook and Twitter on Friday. Following the building gut renovation, the post office, at 1209 South Big Bend Boulevard, now has retail spaces to the north of the post office in the same building. As of Friday the city says it’s not sure who will occupy the extra spaces. Temporary Richmond Heights Post Office opens on Dale
Richmond Heights post office is short-staffed for now

Wise Ave. block to lose power for 6 hours on April 24: Ameren

The city Richmond Heights received an automated message from Ameren that there will be a power outage on the 7500 block of Wise Avenue on April 24 (Sunday) starting at 6 a.m. and lasting for about six hours to repair a utility pole, the city reported on Twitter and Facebook. Ameren said all affected residents should be contacted.

New, re-elected Richmond Heights officials installed

At the Richmond Heights City Council meeting Monday evening, the newly-elected mayor, Jim Thomson was sworn in, in addition to new council members Joan Provaznik (District 1) and Danny Hebenstreit (District 4). Megan Moylan (District 3) and Rick Vilcek (District 2) were re-elected. Citizens, council members, St. Louis County Councilman Pat Dolan and Nelson Mitten (speaking for his wife, Rep. Gina Mitten) thanked Jim Beck for his service as mayor for eight years. Outgoing council members Camille Greenwald and Rob Jacknewitz were also recognized.

1 car wash each for residents affected by Manhassett construction

A Brentwood resident isn’t happy with the car wash voucher program for residents living near the Manhasset apartments construction on Eager Road. Resident T. delRosario lives on Eager Road across from the construction. He said in December that Eager wasn’t being cleaned and construction dirt covered cars and buildings. Since then the roads are being cleaned, and the cities of Brentwood and Richmond Heights offered free car washes to residents affected by flying dirt. delRosario said he asked the city administrator by email how to collect the car wash coupons.

Richmond Heights officials OK Dunkin’ Donuts, with drive-thru

Richmond Heights officials approved plans for three businesses on Monday at the city council meeting — one at the Menards complex, one on Clayton Road and one on Big Bend, the city posted on Twitter. Dunkin’ Donuts received a received a permit to operate at 1754 S. Hanley Road in an outbuilding by Menards. The city reported on Twitter that there will be a drive-thru. Pie Five Pizza and Noodles & Company have also reported plans for the Menards location. Also, Wingstop, Penn Station and Andy’s Frozen Custard are set to open locations there, according to a source.

Richmond Heights elects new mayor

With all votes in, challenger Jim Thomson defeated incumbent mayor, James Beck 1,076 – 972 votes. With all votes in, in District 1, Joan Provanznik took 51 percent of the vote, Mark Mueller had 26 and Greg Vescovo had 22. District 2 councilman, Ron Vilcek defended his seat against challenger Derek Bolden, taking 72 percent. In District 3 Megan Moylan ran unopposed. In District 4 Danny Hebenstreit took 52 percent of the vote over Charles Connors.

Construction firm offers free car washes (for some)

Brentwood and Richmond Heights residents living near the building site of multi-family housing between Eager Road and Highway 64/40 are being offered recompense for putting up with construction dirt in the air. Brentwood Mayor Chris Thornton and Richmond Heights Mayor Jim Beck have been talking with Holland Construction — the building contractor — on how they can help affected residents during the construction, according to a press release coming from both cities. The mayors asked Holland Construction to offer car wash coupons. The Brentwood Administrator’s Office will distribute the car wash coupons to affected residents. Brentwood City Hall is at 2348 S. Brentwood Boulevard.

RH Council approves townhouse development

The Richmond Heights City Council Monday night (March 21) gave final approval for the new Central Park Townes residential development, near the Metro-Link tracks in the Lavina Terrace subdivision. The 42-unit townhouse complex, on the former grounds of the Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel Congregation at 1107 East Linden, will offer units priced from the upper $300,000s to low $400,000s, according to Pulte Homes, the project developer. Construction is set to begin during the second half of this year. The city council gave second gave second reading to an ordinance subdividing Lot 12 and part of Lot 13 of Lavina Terrace into 42 separate lots to accommodate the townhouse complex. Final approval came on a motion by Councilman Rick Vilcek, a second by Councilwoman Camille Greenwald, and a unanimous vote.

Public-private partnership eyed for Hanley/I-64 development

The planned new Crossings at Richmond Heights hotel, restaurant and retail complex on the southeast corner of I-64/U.S. 40 and Hanley Road would be developed through a public-private partnership with the City of Richmond Heights, under a proposal outlined by the Summit Development Group during Monday’s Richmond Heights city council meeting. Touted as “St. Louis’ Premier New Mixed-User Development” by listing agent Colliers International, the proposed $50 million, 30,000 square-foot complex, on the currently vacant six-acre tract at the eastern terminus of Eager Road, is to include a five-story hotel, two restaurants, and a 16,000-square-foot “big box” retail building, as well as 1,600 feet of adjacent space for smaller retailers. Most of the site is currently owned by the City of Richmond Heights with a portioned owned by the Missouri Department of Transportation. Summit Development representatives detailed the public-private partnership proposal for the council during an executive session Monday night.  Terms of the proposed arrangement were not publically announced.

Townhouse complex nears approval, Menards out-lot businesses OK’d

Development of the planned new Central Park Townes residential complex, in the Lavina Terrace subdivision, drew another step closer Monday night (March 7), as the Richmond Heights City Council introduced the final legislation required for approval of the project. Atlanta-based Pulte Homes is proposing the 42-unit townhouse development for the former grounds of the Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel Congregation, just north of the Metro-Link tacks at 1107 East Linden. The publicly-traded development firm has a portfolio of residential properties in more than 50 markets around the nation, including Del Webb communities for active older adults in 19 states, DiVosta luxury communities throughout Florida, and a group of single-family and townhome communities, developed in 13 states under the Centex brand. Through its St. Louis County offices in Chesterfield, the company in January opened its Creekside at Mason development in Creve Coeur and last week officially opened Wildwood Trail subdivision in Wildwood.

Richmond Heights developments update via YouTube

The city of Richmond Heights has made a YouTube video update on the developments on Elinor Avenue, including Menards, the city department of public works, and Boys Hope Girls Hope. They say at the end that all three facilities are expected to open in April. See also: Boys Hope Girls Hope breaks ground in Richmond Heights, Boys Hope Girls Hope site plan approved in Richmond Heights