Despite hearing grave concerns about traffic and parking from residents and business-owners of the Greenwood neighborhood about routing a greenway through the area, Maplewood officials on Monday OK’d a plan for a Great Rivers Greenway route down the south side of Greenwood Boulevard — it took some doing.
Council members Ray Crader, Shawn Faulkingham and Jennifer Schmidt were worried that MoDOT and St. Louis County — larger partners in the project — would bulldoze over Maplewood’s concerns, such as maintaining at least 8-foot wide parking on Greenwood.
When Mayor Barry Greenberg polled the council; Schmidt, Ray Crader and himself were for allowing the Greenwood route to go be planned; Karen Wood and Tim Dunn were for the southern route, along Deer Creek, or no greenway at all; Faulkingham was for neither route, at the time.
Four votes were needed for it to go ahead. When it looked like a stalemate, City Manager Marty Corcoran suggested they consider that he would write a letter to Great Rivers Greenway with a list of six stipulations, if they weren’t followed, Maplewood could back out. That passed with yes votes from Schmidt, Faulkingham, Crader and Greenberg.
The council also approved a liquor license for The Benevolent King restaurant at 7268 Manchester Road.
Also, Corcoran announced that Greenburg’s business, Architectural Design Guild, was celebrating its 37th year in business in Maplewood. He said ADG was the second business that began the Maplewood Renaissance. Rob Bierenbaum’s Drum Headquarters was the first.