Chief cuts ribbon at new Maplewood firehouse

Maplewood Fire Chief Terry Merrell, with help from Mayor Barry Greenberg, members of the Mid County Chamber of Commerce and Maplewood firefighters cut the ribbon for Maplewood’s new firehouse on Saturday. Maplewood voters passed Proposition F in 2014 to fund the new facility. The firehouse it replaced, housed at Maplewood City Hall, was built in 1962. See also: Tour Maplewood’s new firehouse, Maplewood’s new firehouse: Maplewood-made closets, Swiss-made garage doors

A Maplewood mess of wires too

A resident read in 40 South about a tangle of wires on S. Brentwood Boulevard assumed to belong to Charter Cable. He contributed a photo of a similar subject in Maplewood. He said it’s in the 2500 block of Bellevue Avenue, and has been there for many months.

Resident wants Charter to clean up tangle of wires

Brentwood resident Barry Williams wants what he calls an “an unsightly mess of cable TV wires” on S. Brentwood Boulevard to be cleaned up. He’s guessing it belongs to Charter Communications, and not the phone company. The tangle is hanging near a pole on S. Brentwood Boulevard across from O. B. Clark’s about 20 feet off the ground. See also: A Maplewood mess of wires too
Williams says companies like Charter have franchise agreements with the city which allow them to place their cables in the city’s right-of-way, so he hopes the city has  authority to compel the owner of this mess to clean it up. He’s contacted Brentwood Ward 2 aldermen Sunny Sims and Brandon Wegge about it.

No lease signed for former Tim Hortons building: owner

Dan Lesseg, owner of the property and building at 2721 S. Big Bend Boulevard that was a Tim Hortons for two and a half years (ribbon cutting was in June 2015; it closed in December 2017) said Thursday that no lease is signed for a new tenant. He wouldn’t confirm or deny that it will be a Taco Bell, as employees from various locations have said. Lesseg said the former Tim Hortons is part of a PUD (Planned Unit Development), zoned by the city of Maplewood to be a restaurant. He said a Taco Bell would work for that. He said the property isn’t listed because several brokers and agents contacted him when it became available.

MRH students see ‘Hamilton’ for $10

A group of Maplewood Richmond Heights High School students went to see ‘Hamilton’ at the Fox on Wednesday. Here’s what MRH said about it. Fifteen students from the Maplewood Richmond Heights Student Success Center and the SAGE program became the envy of many on Wednesday morning, as they boarded a bus bound for the Fox Theatre in St. Louis. A unique educational program that debuted at “Hamilton” on Broadway continued in St.

Former car lot likely to remain a car lot

The now vacant car lot in Maplewood at 7469 Manchester is likely to remain a car lot, Maplewood City Manager Marty Corcoran said Tuesday after the city council meeting. Corcoran said the owner of the lot has been in the car business his whole life and would be surprised if he did anything else with it. The lot is in Maplewood’s Special Business District where car lots aren’t allowed; this one was grandfathered in. If the lot is vacant for six months it would revert to the current zoning, but before that it can still be used as a car lot. The office on the lot was built in 1956 according to St.

Maplewood officials vote on short term rental, urgent care center

Maplewood City Council members in a meeting on Tuesday heard the first readings for three ordinances and approved 10 appointments to city commissions and boards. Council members approved the first votes for the following. The third and final votes will take place at the next meeting, on April 24. To grant a conditional use permit to Michael Coffey for a short term rental at 7736 Weaver Avenue. To grant a conditional use permit to Erin Slankard to operate a hair salon at 7276 Manchester Road.

Bike trail still alive in Maplewood, 2019 construction possible

In an open work session before the regular city council meeting on Tuesday, Maplewood officials hashed over their priorities for a still possible Great Rivers Greenway trail. GRG said in February that Maplewood had delayed the initial process so that it hit the federal funding deadline, but that the project could still be done with GRG’s tax dollars. Mayor Barry Greenberg and City Administrator Marty Corcoran met with GRG after that. The council, minus Tim Dunn who was away on business, talked over problem areas for the trail. (Future Ward 1 council member Sandi Phillips, elected this month, will be sworn in at the next meeting.)

They discussed parking, street and trail widths, intersections, and the streets of Sussex and Oxford.

Public Safety Community Meeting no. 2 planned

A Maplewood Public Safety Community Meeting, conducted by the Maplewood Community Builders group, will take place on Monday April 16 from 7-8:30 p.m. at New Destiny Apostolic Church (7174 Manchester Road). It’s the group’s second open meeting about public safety and the Prop P sales tax  allocation for public safety. At the meeting in November, they discussed Prop P and envisioned what public safety in Maplewood could look like. Since then they have conducted almost 400 surveys in Maplewood. At the Thursday meeting, they plan to share the results, and look for patterns.

If you see smoke coming from near MRH this week, this might be why

Maplewood Richmond Heights has advised its neighbors that a controlled burn is taking place near the school. From the school:
Dear Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School Neighbor,

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District is fortunate to have a Missouri native rain garden near Maplewood City Hall on the high school/middle school campus. The rain garden is located between the City Hall parking lot and the MRH sports field along Manchester Road and features a variety of native Missouri wildflowers and grasses that attract many birds and butterflies. An important component of maintaining a healthy native prairie includes removing non-native, invasive plants and conducting periodic prescribed or “controlled” burns. Historically, prairies regularly experienced fire through both human and natural causes and native plants became fire tolerant.