Pizza shop to open at Menards development

A pizza chain from Texas plans to open two restaurants in the area, including one at 1600 S. Hanley Road, in the Menards development in Richmond Heights, according to the St. Louis Business Journal. Pie Five Pizza, founded in 2011, offers “Your own custom pizza, made fresh, finished in 5, and all for under 7 bucks,” according to the company’s Facebook page. Read the full article in the St. Louis Business Journal.

Menards to begin work on retaining wall

Menards now has the OK from the Metropolitan Sewer District and worked out details with St. Louis County Highways and is ready to break ground soon, Richmond Heights Assistant City Manager David Gipson said Friday. He said Menards has pulled the permit to begin work on a retaining wall, which is the first step. Gipson said the retaining wall will go around the one remaining house. “He has no intention of selling and Menards has no intention of buying,” Gipson said.

Menards waits on MSD

The Menards construction, in Richmond Heights, is still waiting on Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) for approval to begin work, Richmond Heights City Administrator Amy Hamilton said in an email Wednesday. In September, Hamilton said Menards was working through the MSD permitting process and finalizing construction documents for final review and permitting. See also: Menards is on schedule, house is staying, or not

Menards is on schedule, house is staying, or not

The new Menards in Richmond Heights is on schedule, with one house remaining of the neighborhood that once occupied the 17 acres. Menards is progressing through the MSD permitting process and finalizing construction documents for final review and permitting, Richmond Heights City Manager Amy Hamilton said in an email Thursday. The house, at 1705 Berkley Avenue, belongs to Jelani Aitch. He fought demolition and won the court decision to stay in July, but said he still might decide to sell to Menards eventually. See also: House remains at Menards site: under litigation, Boys Hope Girls Hope could land in Richmond Heights/MRH

He said he doesn’t know the plans for what surrounds him, but he hopes they hurry up, because it’s kind of strange now.

House remains at Menards site: under litigation

1705 Berkley Avenue, in Richmond Heights, isn’t hard to miss. It’s the only remaining home sitting on 17 acres cleared for a new Menards on S. Hanley Road. The city of Richmond Heights refers questions about the house to Menards. Project manager for Menards, Nate Aubart, hasn’t responded immediately  to an email asking for details about why the house still stands. Subscribe to the 40 South News daily newsletter.

Maplewood’s salt supply limited to 1 more big storm; and other city council notes

Maplewood City Manager Marty Corcoran used the unusually short council meeting Tuesday to solicit new ideas from the city council. “You can’t rest on your laurels,” he said after the meeting. Several ideas came out of Corcoran and the council. Corcoran floated ideas how to finance a bond for the new fire house. He advised against a no-tax increase bond, in case Maplewood’s finances aren’t as positive 10 years from now as they currently are.

Brentwood, Maplewood in the news: Feb. 1-7

Brentwood and Maplewood were covered by local television stations and various online and traditional media outlets this week. Here’s what 40 South News came across. Brentwood in the news:

Riverfront Times named Mai Lee as one of the seven best Vietnamese restaurants in St. Louis. Senior, Will Erby was the STL Today Athlete of the Week.

Demolition for new Menards begins

Menards got the final OK to build its latest St. Louis store from the Richmond Heights City Council in October. The $63 million 17-acre development north of Maplewood Commons is set to open in 2015. Demolition has begun in the north section of the Hadley Township area,
beginning with trees. The law offices at the corner of S. Hanley Road and W. Bruno Avenue will also come down, but not for a couple months.

QuikTrip, retail center coming on Hanley Road

The Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, in Richmond Heights, was 100 years old in 2012. The property was sold to Rengaw, a company organized by Daniel J. Wagner last year. This week the church was demolished to make way for a new retail center. The property is at 1500 S. Hanley Road, opposite Home Depot.