Joseph Cyr, who hopes to build a multistory apartment building with retail on the first floor at the corner of Dale and Boland, told the Richmond Heights City Council on Monday that according to his resources, he can start construction in September.
The council approved the development on March 3, 2016. In February 2017 the city council gave Cyr a 6-month extension. When asked why he hasn’t started, Cyr said he couldn’t give an answer in public.
Resident Paul Lohr said in the hearing that it was interesting that the “12-inch long grass” on the site was finally cut a day before the council met.
Cyr said there had been a miscommunication between him and a company he had hired to cut the grass and only the perimeter had been cut up to now, and that in the future all the grass would be cut three times a month.
Mayor Thompson told Cyr that he hadn’t been following a city ordinance about the upkeep of the site, including two large holes, and he expected Cyr to comply.
Also in the meeting, the council had the first hearing of an ordinance that would allow the Schnucks in Richmond Heights to sell beer growlers to be filled there. Local craft beer would be available.
Mayor Thomson said City Manager Amy Hamilton had given him an assignment to visit a Schnucks on Hampton Avenue where growlers are filled.