The Richmond Heights City Council Monday night tabled redevelopment plans and a tax-increment financing (TIF) package for the proposed Boulevard South commercial-residential development, to give developer Pace Properties additional time to find new funding for the project. A previously arranged financing agreement expired after the project was postponed in 2008, due to the collapse of the real estate market, Pace representatives told the council earlier this month. The planned $78.9 million development, along Brentwood Boulevard across from the St. Louis Galleria, would extend the present Boulevard complex south, replacing an existing strip mall and Mattress Giant store. The TIF proposal has drawn criticism from Clayton School District officials who fear the development would not immediately provide additional revenues for the district but might mean additional students.
The Richmond Heights City Council, Monday night (Nov. 16), approved issuance of a liquor license for a comedy club, currently under construction at the St. Louis Galleria. Helium Comedy Club is scheduled to open before the holidays, City Manager Amy Hamilton told the council. The nightclub is to be located on the lower level of the shopping mall, in space formerly occupied by Black Finn Restaurant, at 1151 Saint Louis Galleria, near the Clayton Road entrance.
Richmond Heights voters will select a mayor, as well a city council member in each of four districts, during the April 2016 municipal elections. Filing for the April 2016 ballot opens Nov. 23 in Richmond Heights. Election packets are now available for prospective candidates at the front desk of City Hall. Mayor James Beck has indicated his desire to serve another term.
Richmond Heights voters approved an online sales tax but rejected a tax on out-of-state vehicle purchases during Tuesday’s (Nov. 3) elections, according to unofficial results posted by the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners. Proposition U — narrowly passed on a 265-259 (51 – 49 percent) vote — asked voters to approve a local ‘use’ tax on out of state purchases over the amount of $2,000 per year. “This is not double taxation: sales tax is for retail purchases in the state of Missouri; use tax is for purchases from out of state vendors which are exempt from sales tax,” the city stated.
Two tax issues are being proposed to voters today (Nov. 3) in Richmond Heights. Proposition U, would assess a sales tax – commonly known as “use tax” — on purchases over $2,000 made out-of-state that are exempt from in-state sales tax. In-state purchases are taxed at a rate of 8.613%, of which 1.00% is the Countywide Point of sale (POS) tax that is shared countywide, 1.50% is local sales tax that Richmond Heights collects and also shares a portion of countywide. Should the voters of Richmond Heights approve the local use tax, 1.50% will be added to Missouri’s 4.225% use tax on purchases over $2,000 that are exempt from sales tax.
The Richmond Heights Post Office begins operating at temporary quarters in a trailer at 8501 Dale Ave. on Monday, July 27. The post office building at 1201 Big Bend Boulevard is now closed, according to a notice on the front door. The building is scheduled to be converted into retail space. The post office plans to re-open in the spring of 2016.
The Richmond Heights City Council will consider a development plan for a new senior living center – The Bellevue at St. Mary’s – during its regular meeting tonight (April 20), 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. TLG Bellevue Partners plans to build the four-story, $21 million assisted living center along Bellevue Avenue, between Ethel and Hoover avenues, across from the SSM St. Mary’s Health Center grounds. SSM is among the participants in the development group and already owns the land proposed for the project.
A state-commissioned report by a coalition of universities praises St. Louis County’s system of multiple municipalities as efficient, responsive, and resistant to the corrupting influence of special interests. Instead of municipal mergers, the report suggests Missouri attempt to enhance the efficiency of local governmental by encouraging “inter-city partnerships” for purchasing or infrastructure development. The report – “Best Practices: An Overview of Current Policies and Strategies for Improving Municipal Efficiencies,” by Mark Tranel, director of the University of Missouri–St. Louis (UMSL) Public Policy Research Center (PPRC), and research assistant Bradley DiMariano – appears to mark a major victory for opponents of a much publicized effort to merge the City of St.
The Supreme Court of Missouri is soliciting comments directly from members of the general public concerning their experiences in “particular” municipal courts and suggestions as to any practices or procedures that might improve those experiences. “Recent events have raised issues about practices and procedures in the municipal courts of Missouri,” notes an April 2 post on the court’s website (www.courts.mo.gov). Suggestions should be described in a letter, not to exceed two pages, and sent to the Clerk of the Supreme Court, P.O. Box 150, Jefferson City, MO 65102. The deadline for submission is Friday, May 1, 2015. While some lawmakers, organizations and media outlets have recently suggested changes in municipal court operations, the Supreme Court survey marks one of the few times, since last year’s civil unrest, that the public has been invited to directly submit information on the municipal courts or suggest improvements.
Real estate owners in Richmond Heights will be getting a second tax property bill for 2014 – this time, for $11 to cover an increase in the assessment for the city’s sewer lateral repair fund. Richmond Heights voters in 2013 approved an increase in the sewer lateral assessment from $28 for $39 for each sewer connection. The city sent the St. Louis County Department of Revenue notice of the fee increase in late 2013, with instructions to adjust 2014 property tax bill accordingly. However, the increase was not reflected on property tax bills that went out last fall, City Manager Amy Hamilton told the Richmond Heights City Council Monday night (April 6).
The Richmond Heights City Council Monday night reluctantly approved the contractor for the city’s new public works building, which when completed, will clear the way for the Menards development to begin. The council authorized Mayor James Beck to enter into a $1.4 million deal with Raineri Construction for a new public works building. However, the project will likely be getting some additional scrutiny before Mayor Beck actually signs the contract – and quite a bit thereafter, city officials say. Construction of the new facility at 7990 Jones, and demolition of the city’s present public works building at 8108 Elinor, is considered a key step in development of the new Menards home improvement store on Hanley Road. “We want Menards open,” Hamilton said.