By. Chris Stritzel
I am excited to announce that I have decided to add Terrence Twain (Pen Name for Privacy Reasons) of Tower Grove South to the Author List. I added him because of 3 Major Reasons...
1- He is a Conservative in a Left Leaning Neighborhood, therefore, providing us with a insight in to the thoughts of the Political Left Citizens
2- He has facts that get the answer out in a faster amount of time than usual
3- He likes to imagine what a City like St. Louis could be if new ideas were embraced (He is Running for Mayor as a Write in)
So his duties on this blog are to provide insight and personal opinions on projects within the City and will report on new projects for the Grand Boulevard Corridor on the Southside (South of Interstate 64 to Carondelet Park) and the Kingshighway-Gravois Corridor (Interstate 64 to Gravois/Kingshighway to Gravois/Hampton)
I welcome him fully and look forward to his pieces on this website.
He joins me and Jeff Kaine on the author board.
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The organization has made its presence known well enough in the Loop enough already, but a new expansion to include parking, a new performance hall and practice rooms could soon rise in the booming University City- Loop Area of the City and County.
The devlopment plans to bring the organization further into the 21st Century and also help the continued redevelopment of the region. The project will also be done in partnership with Washington Univeristy for a new Parking Garage across the street from the development.
New practice rooms are planned so that the artists can practice and teach colleagues on their creative art. A new Performing Arts hall where presentations and shows can be put on is also planned. The last major expansion was the 2004 addition of a new entrance (which will be demolished to make way for this). The original building was a Synagogue.
The plan is to get the project underway by mid 2018 and have it wrapped up and open in mid 2019.
A new proposal is bringing up debates among neighbors in the evolving neighborhood in South St. Louis. Dogtown is one of those neighborhoods that loves to keep their historic charm of the time of Irish Immigration of St. Louis, but the ever increasing number of Young Home owners in the neighborhood is embracing the new construction going on and want some of that in their neighborhood. Their wish may come true soon.
A 5 Floor, 100 Unit Apartment Project Proposed at 6300 Clayton Avenue will replace a vacant lot left by a now demolished lumber yard. There was once a proposal for this lot a few years ago but neighborhood opposition cancelled the project, but this time, there is more support since some kinks have been worked out and a better designed building has been submitted.
During a neighborhood meeting regarding the project, a vote was taken that gave Developers hope to get this project rolling sooner rather than later. The vote was in the projects favor. The debate that is being started however is the amount of traffic it will bring to the area. There will be a underground garage to accommodate the project but some residents are concerned that the project will make their neighborhood unbearably crowded during busy times and overly crowded during normal times.
This argument killed the original proposal but will probably not be successful this time around. This building is similar in design and height of the Encore at Forest Park Project down the road in the Highlands Development which is expected to open mid next year.
With the candidates filed and and ready to go, a interesting Mayoral Race has begun. There are 12 declared candidates from 4 parties and 1 Independent who plans to run against the Democrat nominee. So this means the 2017 could be the year the Democrats lose the Mayors office. Here is a rundown of the Candidates for Mayor.
DEMOCRAT PARTY- 7 Candidates
- 28th Ward Alderwoman Lyda Krewson
- City Treasurer Tishaura O. Jones
- President of the Board of Aldermen Lewis Reed
- 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd
- School Board Member Bill Haas
- Former Alderman and Political Joke Jimmie Matthews
- 21st Ward Alderman Antonio French
REPUBLICAN PARTY- 3 Candidates
- Crown Candy Owner Andrew Karandzeiff
- Businessman Andrew Jones
- Businessman James Osher
LIBERTARIAN PARTY- 1 Candidate
- Robb Cunningham
GREEN PARTY- 1 Candidate
- Jonathan McFarland
- Kacey Cordes Mahrt
This list includes 3 past candidates for Mayor (Robb Cunningham (L), Lewis Reed (D) and Jimmie Matthews (D)
The Candidates all have their own ideas except Andrew Karandzeiff (R) who has stated that he does not want to Mayor but is using this campaign as a publicity stunt for Crown Candy. But it appears he may be out of luck as many people are already declaring they are going to drag him into the general election by voting for him. Even Democrats in the City want him to be the Mayor which says a lot.
But back to the reasoning for this post, a description of the candidates and their chances. And for Republicans, Libertarians and Independents, a clear cut path to victory.
She is at the top of the list for Mayor in the Democrat side of things. Her background is one that is sad (her original husband was murdered) but also controversial. She has recently came underfire for her support of Gun Control (which doesn't work well, look at Chicago) which has angered some. Lyda is expected to clinch the Democrats nomination for Mayor following the March 7th Primary.
He has been President of the Board of Alderman for a while now and it appears that his loss last time in the Mayors Race wasn't enough to keep in from staying out of it. He is in the Race but a very quiet candidate who is relying on the Northside to deliver him a victory, since the Southside isn largely made up of White voiters who rarely vote for African Americans. That already is not enough to deliver him his wish, so I am just going to say now that he has lost.
A former Missouri Representative and currently the Treasurer, you can say she is a Career politician. Her ideas Center around bringing the City into the 21st Century and reforming the Police Department to target the crime that has crippled the City's national image. The idea of her becoming Mayor is a interesting one but she will fall to Lyda Krewson considering the high amount of African American candidates in the Race and lack of support on the City's South Side.
Mr. French has been Alderman of the 21st Ward for a while now but that hasn't stopped him from being the most followed Alderman on Twitter. He has caused controversy by taking part in the Riots of Ferguson and being arrested making him a nationally known person. Back in St. Louis his path is foreclosed considering that many people have a high unfavorability rating among the people of the Southside of St. louis.
Probably the biggest loser on here with literally no path to victory, he has ran for many St. Louis government positions and lost every single time. With no real plan and plastering his signs across the city illegally, he won't be Mayor in his lifetime for sure.
The only other White Person running for Mayor from the Democrats and has ran for many positions like Jimmie Matthews but lost every time. He has no chance once so ever. I have never heard of him and I am sure that is the case for a majority of citizens in the City of Saint Louis.
He was a surprise when he filed for Mayor as a Republican with many fearing he could win. That appears to be the case however. A growing number of people calling him out on Twitter and Democrats joking about him on their won accounts are basically giving him a free pass to the Mayors office. Andrew has even said that he is only running as part of a political joke and wants the campaign to be a publicity stunt for a Crown a Candy. However, because of the people of Twitter, and his wife forcing him to become serious, it appears he can win if he gets out the 21,000 Republicans who voted in the General Election and take the Lienratioan voters (2,300) and Constitution Party Voters (700), he could pull off a surprise victory if he were to become serious, which the people have already declared they are making him serious. So he has a 40% chance at being Mayor if he were to campaign off of Safety and of course, his Milkshakes.
He is a businessman with some name recognition. He hasn't made himself known yet but he recently launched a campaign site (andrewjonesformayor.com) and has plans to go really public soon with radio and tv ads. His campaign focuses around St. Louis becoming a safe and highly rebound beacon of Civic Excellence according to his website. His willingness to work with the Democrats is high which will be good if he does get elected. His best craves to get elected are 50/50 if his ads are listened to and the media covers him well, he could win in a head to head match up. And if he follows the voter count like I said earlier.
The man who owns the Buster Brown Shoe Company up on the Northside is running on the campaign ideas of Eminent Domain being bad and Taxes being rediculous in the city as well as wasteful spending. He also wants to make the city safer. His chances are lower than the other 2 on this list but if he were to launch ads and a website, he could be noticed more and clinch the City's mayoral ship is he follows the path to 24,000 voters.
He who failed at State Senate Races and the Mayors Race in 2009 has no chance to win considering how he doesn't run ads or have a campaign website or Twitter. This all combined makes him a candidate who can't win at all and Joins Jimmie Matthews and Bill Haas as people who don't have a chance.
He to is also one of those people who has ran and lost. I've never heard of him and he has a path to victory but it is very lsight. He would have to win over the extreme far left liberals of the City of St. louis in order to win, but other than that, I can't see him winning.
Kacey Cordes Mahrt
She will announce her Candidacy for Mayor in January 17th according to her website KC4STL.com her campaign slogan is Progress, Prosperity and Peace. She has a high chance of winning considering she is her own party with her own platforms. She also has big money backing her and friends in the Post Dispatch, so she is one person to really watch out for on this list.
So these are out candidates for Mayor of the City. Each one is eager to win (except Andrew Karandzeiff) and replace Francis Slay. Whoever wins though needs to make St. Louis safer and better and hopefully change the city for the better in every way. More details on the Mayoral Election will follow in the next few months.
A recent article published in nationwide news outlets suggest that America will soon begin to see a slump in Luxurt Apartments being built. The Importance of this issue regarding St. Louis is our growth. Toward the end of last year (October- December), St. Louis saw a tremendous increase in Luxury Apartments proposals across the region. Many of them in the City. Some are being built and many are scheduled to begin this year or early next year. But does this nationwide trend effect us at all?
The answer lies into whether or not we have been growing at the same rate as the rest of the country. We haven't. In fact, we have been well below the national average in new construction up until March 2016. This slump has prevented us from overbuilding like the rest of the country. This in turn has led to proposals like Ballpark Village Phase 2 being proposed and One-Hundred North Kingshighway.
These 2 projects prove that we are just beginning to emerge from the recession of 2008-2009. This event is why we are beginning to see proposals that will lift us higher than the rest of the nation. Unfortunately though, we too will begin to slump once again and not build as much as we should. The reasoning behind this is very clear, less than 2 weeks into 2017, the Mayoral Race is heating up on the sole issue of City backed bonds for projects. Because of this issue and the debates to whether or not back the projects, has caused developers to lose hope in some of their projects that they have proposed. Some could remove their projects from the development board.
The biggest debate is whether or not the Solcottrade Center, which is backed by City Bonds, will even have its renovations. If it does get more bonds from the city, developers will become angry and a Government issue could arise that stalls TIF (Tax Increment Financing) funding for projects in the City causing a citywide stall in construction.
But there is also a flip side, the city funding projects could also help draw attention to the city. This attention would grab more developers and pull them in to propose things this year that are big and transformational. In doing so, the city will be able to stop funding the projects and instead give developers tax breaks to get things done like in many major American Cities. Depending on who the next Mayor will be, we are looking at a Government who will continue to fund projects that could be good or bad. And as we continue to do this, a massive wave of developers will join in.
We won't really know whether or not we will begin to slow in growth to excel in growth until the Fall when a late Majority of projects get underway. Those projects are as listed...
- The Next NGA West
- Ballpark Village Phase 2
- One Hundred North Kingshighway
- CORTEX Phase 3
- Queeny Tower Reconstruction
- Centene Phase 2
- The Armory
- Scottrade Center Renovation- Possibly
- The Jefferson Arms Project
- TOTALING NEARLY $2.8 Billion in Development by 2019.
As for Clayton though, they are going to begin to see their slump in development since many of their Residential projects are not being realized since they have been with the rest of the nation in terms of development. And Centenes Drastic Expansion will really overbuild Clayton and leave them with the burden of more abandoned space as the rest of the region continues to grow. But we shall see.
In a new project submitted to the University Board of a Review, a Office/Retail Project at Skinker and Delmar could rise soon. The project is to be 3 floors tall and include a Pi Pizzeria, a Walgreens and some other smaller shops. The project could open up doors for new development in the East Loop.
The East Loop is more ran down than the West Loop. But this project could help move the loops shops and restaurants closer to the city. The Loop Streetcar, which opens up in the fall could also help contribute to this project. The design of the new building is fitting to the neighborhood. Mostly brick with smaller windows. It's a good design.
Neighborhood opposition is growing through because of how this project could eat up some of the parking on lots around it. Neighbors say that it will be a disaster if built. Construction could cost around $30 Million and be completed by mid to late 2018 if construction begins this summer.
In an attempt to bring our arena up to date with other cities similar venues, the Blues are proposing a $160 Million plan to renovate the over 20 year old Scottrade Center in downtown. The plan calls for a complete overhaul of the whole place. Those plans are...
- A new Beer Garden on the plaza on Clark Street
- New concourses with cafes and meeting areas
- New Club Boxes within the main hall
- New Blues Store
- New Seats that are no longer purple
- And A HD Mega Screen
The city is planned to back the project until 2045 with public money of $4 Million being given to the Blues until then. That is about 28 years and $112 Million. The Blues are backing it with $50 Million in Cash for the remainder of the costs. Because it is a partially funded public project, The plan has to be approved by the Board of Aldermen. If approved, the construction could begin in the Spring or Summer and wrap up by Fall 2018.
But we will see if the bonds for the project hold on past a new mayoral administration. The next administration takes office in April following the municipal elections. It appears Lyda Krewson is favored to win.