AB Green entrance may be reused on new building

The company demolishing the former AB Green School in Richmond Heights has said the owner of the new multi-purpose Boland Place apartments would like to save the columns and entrance from the old school to use on the new building. Richmond Heights City Council approved the apartment building at Dale and Boland in February 2016. The city approved a cap on future real estate taxes for ten years at $276,000. See also:

Richmond Heights Council hears tax relief plan for Boland Place
Developer says apartment project requires tax abatement

Construction started on senior housing in Richmond Heights

The single-story apartments south of St. Mary’s Hospital on Bellevue Avenue have been demolished, and construction has started on a four-story, 91,000-square-foot assisted living facility to be called Allegro Senior Living. The facility will include 87 units, with the fourth floor dedicated to memory care. Rent is  to begin at $4,000 for a studio apartment, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

New home going up in Richmond Heights

Two lots on Hicks Avenue in Richmond Heights have been combined and bought for construction of a new single-family home. James M. Hoffmann bought 7925 and 7929 Hicks Avenue (.73 acres) for $45,000 in 2014 according to county records, and the city approved combining them for the construction of a 2,000 square-foot home in July 2016.

The Heights: major expansion in 2018-2020

A major expansion is planned for The Heights, in Richmond Heights, including a totally new library, a reconfigured pool, new features for kids, and new, dedicated spaces for activity rooms.

Construction is planned to run from 2018 to 2020. They’ll try to keep it open as much as possible, they say in the video below, courtesy of Double Zoot Creative. https://youtu.be/Fp5ehQJqem4

‘Water feature’ a highlight on Thursday

A Richmond Heights resident Tweeted a photo of an impressive water main break at Boland and Brookline on Thursday. The street lost water service for a while, according to Stevie Longwith (@sllongwith) on Twitter. https://twitter.com/sllongwith/status/809508481636171776

Couple ‘blown away’ by support

The Richmond Heights couple who promoted their sale at the Tri-City Garage Sale on October 1 as a way to raise funds for an adoption contacted 40 South News on Tuesday to say thanks. At the time of the sale, Becki and Thad Nieman of Richmond Heights were waiting to be matched with a birth mom for the adoption. They have crowd sourcing website to help them raise the money they need for the adoption. The Nieman’s thanks to the community:

“Thad and I were blown away by the support we received from the community during the garage sale on Saturday – it was so much more than we could have ever imagined. We are so grateful for the donations, purchases, and offers of thoughts and prayers for our future baby!

Richmond Heights firefighter wins MMA bout

Richmond Heights firefighter/paramedic Kelly D’Angelo won her first professional MMA (mixed martial arts) fight Friday night at the St Charles Convention Center. The fight was broadcast on AXS TV. The Richmond Heights Fire Department congratulated D’Angelo on Facebook: “We are all proud of her hard work and dedication in training. Happy to have her represent our department on a national level.” Kelly D’Angelo is ranked 15th out of 430 active US Midwest women (pound for pound).

Couple hopes garage sale will help fund adoption

The 18th annual Tri-City Garage Sale is Saturday, October 1, and a Richmond Heights couple plans to use it to raise money for an adoption. Becki and Thad Nieman of Richmond Heights are waiting to be matched with a birth mom, which could happen at any time, they say on their adoption fundraising website. “We’ve saved a large chunk of money and also obtained a home equity loan but we are still $15,000 short of what we need to bring a baby home,” they say. They live near Dale and Bredell avenues, close to The Heights. They’ll have hot coffee, furniture, clothes and miscellaneous items.

See the Nieman’s adoption fundraising website.

Craig’s view: Mosquito fogging in RH

The City of Richmond Heights mosquito fogging program will take place every Wednesday through September beginning at sundown. Staying indoors during the application is recommended. This is exciting news for people who grew up in the 1960s. That was the golden decade of mosquito spraying. No one was told to stay indoors, or to bring their pets inside.

First Richmond Heights woman councilman dies

Virginia M. Pennington, first woman to be elected to the Richmond Heights City Council,  died on July 22, 2016, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Pennington and her late husband, William P. Pennington, founded the Richmond Heights Chamber of Commerce; she served as the executive director for 30 years. See a gallery of photos of Virginia Pennington. A Mass of Christian burial was held on August 6 at The Church of the Little Flower.  Burial followed at Resurrection Cemetery.

Richmond Heights resident charged with toothpaste theft

A Richmond Heights resident with multiple aliases was charged with stealing toothpaste in North County, according to police and court records. Eddie A. Wilson (aliases: Goo Goopie, Wilson Antwayne Goopie, Eddie Thomas, Goo, Gue Wilson, Carl Shelton and Eddie Antwann Wilson), age 47, of the 7700 block of West Bruno was charged with stealing 11 packages of toothpaste from the Family Dollar store on St. Charles Rock Road in Breckenridge Hills on April 14. A witness from the store identified Wilson from a photograph. The theft was also captured on security video.

Reopen the Manhassett Village Store, resident says

Brentwood resident, Barry Williams, said he has fond memories of going to the old Manhassett Village Store, which is the only building left standing, on Eager Road, after the former Manhassett Village was demolished. Now he’d like to see it reopened as a store. In June, Williams sent a letter to Forrest Bailey, the president and CEO of Draper & Kramer, the owner — since 1939 — of the Manhassett Village site, to try to convince him to do that. Dear Mr. Bailey, I lived near the Manhassett Village in St. Louis County, Missouri, as a boy in the 1960s, and one of my favorite destinations in those years was the apartment complex’s quaint general store, the Village Store, located at 8915 Eager Road.

Stonecrest at Clayton View to open in October

Stonecrest at Clayton View director of marketing, Leslie Pedroli, invited 40 South News to its office at 8825 Eager Road, to share information on the assisted living community. About Stonecrest at Clayton View:

81 apartments, including 55 assisted living and 26 memory care units
Opening in October, display units to open in August, a one-bedroom and a studio to show
Pre-sales are doing well, especially apartments with walk-outs
Host ‘caregiver cafes’ are being held the fourth Wednesday of the month with guest speakers
Trademarked Vibrant Life program to feature social, educational and recreational programs
Also in the facility: movie theater, gardening room, activity room, salon, library, bistro cafe, private dining room, courtyard
Rates begin at $4,825/month for studio, $5,795 for one-bedroom, $6,895 for two-bedroom. Memory care private suite is $5,895/month or $4,995 with a shared bathroom. A one-time fee of $2,500 to cover administrative and assessment costs is charged on move-in. Stonecrest at Clayton View website, and on Facebook.

Property for Boland Place closing in August, agent confirms

So far nothing has gone through the Richmond Heights building department on the 187-unit Boland Place apartments following the  city council’s approval of the project in February. Staff members said on Friday that demolition permits have not been requested and code approval hasn’t taken place, which is needed before demolition. Update: City manager Amy Hamilton has said that developer Joseph Cyr plans to close on 1313 Boland Place in August. Richmond Heights city council approved developer Joseph Cyr’s plan to build the apartments at Boland and Dale in February. Cyr hasn’t responded to contacts for updates.

Blue Devils Girls Softball moves into 1st place!

The Maplewood Blue Devils Girls Softball (5th – 7th grade team), has dominated — winning their last game 27-5.  The team has won their last six games in a row, and has now pulled into first place in the Webster Softball league. Go Blue Devils! Have local sports news?  Send us your information – we would love to hear from you.

Voters guide: RH candidates answer city questionnaire

The city of Richmond Heights asked the candidates for city council and mayor four questions and posted their answers on the city website as part of a voters guide. These are the questions; go the the Richmond Heights website to see each candidate’s answers. What personal information about yourself and your family would you like to share with voters in Richmond Heights? What information about your career or occupation would you like to share with voters? What information about your political experience would you like to share with voters?

How much area elected officials are paid; Brentwood’s has pension too

Brentwood officials failed to pass the 2016 city budget in the end of 2015. At a board of aldermen workshop meeting on the budget on Jan. 25, Alderwoman Maureen Saunders suggested that pension for elected officials be removed from the budget, saying no other comparable area city offers it. Saunders said she refused to sign up for the pension. Update: Per comments below, aldermen Patrick Toohey and Steve Lochmoeller also do not participate in the pension program.

Modern house built in Richmond Heights

A ‘modern, energy efficient, affordable, new home’ was built recently in Richmond Heights by architectural firm Mademan Design. Firm owner, Nick Adams, sent this about the house to 40 South News. It is also on the Mademan Design website. Richmond Heights Plan and Zoning voted in favor of the design, at 7344 Arlington Drive, in April 2014. Nick Adams on the Richmond Heights house:
On a steep, narrow, vacant lot in Richmond Heights we built a modern home.

Richmond Heights post office is short-staffed for now

In the busy season for the US Postal Service, the Richmond Heights office is operating out of a temporary building just west of The Heights, on Dale Avenue, with one employee at the window. A spokesperson for the postal service told Fox 2 that the Richmond Heights temporary location normally has two employees, but are now short-staffed as the others accepted positions at another location. That was the case Thursday afternoon, with a lineup filling the small lobby. A Richmond Heights employee, by phone, suggested going to the Maplewood post office instead. The official Richmond Heights post office, on Big Bend Boulevard, is under renovation  and is currently gutted.