By. Chris Stritzel
I was reading the Webster-Kirkwood Times, yesterday and learned of a plan to change Kirkwood dramatically. A new plan is being drawn up to make traditional Downtowns, like Kirkwood, into new businesses and entertainment centers that draw millenials and others to them to explore and stay. It’s all a sign of the changing times and things to come. To keep Kirkwood alive and well, a plan will be drawn to build new things, expand development locations and even take the height limit of 4 floors away thus potentially making Kirkwood an economic powerhouse.
The mayor of Kirkwood sure agrees with the idea of changing the city. So much so, he has put himself on the board to change the city. So what will the project consist of? Lets list it...
- A new entertainment center that will replace some outdated buildings with a movie theater and shops and restaurants.
- Take away the height limit and grow the community upwards in terms of density.
- Make downtown Kirkwood more pedestrian friendly and have more community events planned that draws the community closer together.
- Improve experiences for the Millenial age by doing things that they are interested in.
- Make modern and beautiful affordable housing in Downtown to boost the population.
- Honor the past now.
The concept drawing as we see at the beginning of this post clearly shows us what will become of Downtown Kirkwood in terms of an entertainment district. New government buildings will be mixed with retail to form a new town square. While the plans are still in early development, it is certainly the step in the right direction for Kirkwood. Overtime, a full plan will be released detailing the major plan to make Kirkwood a true powerhouse community and business wise.
But it will be met with opposition.
Building St. Louis received an email regarding this situation from someone detailing themself as a “NIMBY” (Not in my backyard). It reads,
I am concerned about my town. This plan that the government wants to implement will almost certainly raise my taxes and bring new residents in to this town that are not desirable. College kids and millennials, that this plan is trying to draw to Kirkwood, will ruin our quiet community with an overly excessive party attitude. My community and I do not want this atmosphere around our children and grandchildren. That type of attitude and atmosphere is for the City of St. Louis and University City, But Not Kirkwood.
I sure hope this project and plan is not carried out or implemented. For the sake of all things good, I hope this plan is just a vision and not a real thing. If it is real, I will oppose of the plan at every civic meeting. Kirkwood is fine as it is, we don’t need to change. Change brings unwanted issues such as crime and a housing crisis.
In in other words, this plan is rubbish.
For privacy concerns, we will not list the author’s name. Basically, this Downtown Kirkwood Plan will be Met with strong competition. But who am I to say that she is wrong or not? This could be highly beneficial for Kirkwood but who knows. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.