On October 29th, residents and business members came together for a hearty breakfast of eggs, potatoes, biscuits and gravy catered by Scotti's Deli to hear city updates.
The following is a summary of the topics that were discussed:
Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce
• Fletcher Wells (St. Johns Bank & Trust), incoming Chairman of the Board wanted to thank everyone for their involvement in the first Taste of Maryland Heights event. 850 tickets were sold, the Police won the Tug of War Competition, and they hope to have it again next year at the Centene Community Ice Center.
• Community Guides have been printed and will be mailed out in February. These guides will contain several coupons to businesses around town.
• The Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their annual trivia night on February 28, 2020 and plan on organizing the Veterans Muster BBQ again in July. Check back at www.mhcc.com for details on upcoming events.
City of Maryland Heights
• We celebrated the grand opening of the Centene Community Ice Center on September 7, 2019. There are three completed indoor rinks and a fourth outdoor rink is expected to open later this season. Learn to skate programs are in full swing and patrons can sign up at www.marylandheights.com/icecenter. Also, be sure to check out the public skating details and grab your discount card from the Community Center to save a few dollars.
• Engineering consultants are working with us on the Maryland Park Lake District to install pump stations to help with the storm water drainage.
• Westport Plaza is booming and we've welcomed several new businesses.
• We have prepared for this winter's weather by purchasing salt for the roads and tuning up the snow plows.
• Our PD has been fully outfitted with body and dash cameras. Officer Terry Mancusi has been selected to be our new Public Relations Officer. PO Mancusi's first event was the DEA Drug Take Back and the PD collected 11 boxes (285 lbs) of unwanted medication. You can contact PO Mancusi on Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor, on the City's Instagram account or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Violent crime is down, property crime is up. Our department has caught several car thieves who stated they target Maryland Heights (along with several other communities) because "They have nice things to steal." We welcomed two new officers to our department.
• Tracey Anderson, Director of Parks and Recreation, updated everyone on the upcoming programs and events. Check out the Parks Guide insert for everything happening in Winter/Spring: www.marylandheights.com/guide.
Questions from Participants
Will Better Together be back?
Organizers of Better Together pulled their consolidation proposal in early May 2019. Leaders of Better Together stated that they plan on turning their focus toward structural change. If the City hears of any updates regarding this subject, we will be diligent of informing and educating our residents with the facts at hand.
What are the plans with the infrastructure of 141 when the area is developed?
Traffic studies have taken place and streets will be created to meet the needs of development. There is no plan to widen 141. For more information on the Maryland Park Lake District, please visit mplakedistrict.com.
What is the plan for more green space and replacing of trees removed?
Any type of development that occurs will have requirements for green space and replacing trees. We also plan to have many trail connections in the area. Maryland Heights is a Tree City USA and has held this certificate for 17 years. To receive this certificate, a city has to have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program with an annual budget, and have an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. Our Public Works Department plants 180 - 200 trees each year and they do keep a record as to how many trees get taken down in the right-of-way.
Can I build a "tiny house"?
There are no limitations on how small a house can be in Maryland Heights. However, all new construction requires houses to have a two car garage... which would defeat the purpose of having a tiny house.
What's going on with the McKelvey Woods Trail (Fee Fee Greenway)?
Wells Fargo recently partnered with Great Rivers Greenway to plant 150 trees along the Fee Fee Greenway. The City is currently working to add a paved extension into the Wesglen Estates subdivision.
Can we get a leaf collection pick-up?
Some cities in the area provide a leaf clean-up day where residents can bring all the leaves to the curb and their Public Work Department comes through and collects them all. We've looked into this and it is costly and difficult to organize. The City provides a free trash service through Republic Services which includes a weekly yard waste pickup.
Are there any updates on upcoming roadwork projects for McKelvey Rd.?
McKelvey Rd. is maintained by St. Louis County. We do work closely with St. Louis County to communicate regarding projects taking place within our City. This specific project might get pushed to 2021, as there are two other main projects going on in Maryland Heights at this time.
What are the details on the apartments going in at the old Bally's site?
The Flats at Dorsett Ridge will be a four-story building with a parking garage. The majority of the apartments will be one bedroom, rent is over $1000/month, and they will have several modern amenities such as: a pool, tennis court, gym, yoga studio, and wine bar. The west side balconies will face internally (the building is a "U" shape), south side balconies will face Dorsett, and the east side balconies will have a view of the Schnucks roof line.
Are there any new tenants for Westport Plaza?
Westport Plaza's office spaces are at 90% occupancy. There are currently two restaurant spaces available.
How are you promoting Maryland Heights?
The Communications Division is currently working with our Economic Development Division to create a video to market Maryland Heights to developers. This year, we plan on redesigning the website and the City newsletter. We also have several outlets on social media. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor, Instagram, and YouTube.
What's going on with Steak 'n Shake?
Steak 'n Shake has a land lease with Desco. They are currently paying their rent to Desco and unfortunately, there is nothing we can do.
Are there any plans for the old Taco Bell on McKelvey?
The Taco Bell building has sold and a new restaurant will be going in. Stay tuned to our social media and newsletter for updates!
What is the timeline for the Citizen Survey?
We have hired a company called ETC to conduct the surveys. Postcards to randomly selected residents have gone out. A week or two after you receive a postcard, the surveys will be mailed. We hope to gather the data by January/February and will publish the results in our March edition and post it on the website.