Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Happy New Year, and best wishes for a peaceful, healthy, and prosperous 2022.
2022 is also a special year for the City of Crestwood. In November, the City will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary. There will be events throughout the year, beginning with a golf tournament on Friday, April 1, and capped off by the 75th Anniversary Parade and Celebration Day on Saturday, October 15.
The Crestwood mall redevelopment plan was approved by the Board of Aldermen late last year, and we anticipate ground moving starting this spring.
We are also looking forward to the opening of Aldi in the former Shop ‘n Save site, the opening of Dollar Tree in the former Tuesday Morning site, the opening of Taco Bell in the former Jack in the Box site, the opening of Brite WorX Car Washery in the former Sweet Tomatoes site, the major exterior renovation of Imo’s, and the demolition of and opening of a new McDonald’s, among other business news.
Residential growth continues to be strong, as the City gained around 500 people in the last Census, raising our population to 12,404 (the first time the City has had over 12,000 residents since the 1980 Census), and our housing market continues to be white hot.
The City is investing heavily in infrastructure this next year, and has allocated more than $1.7 million for road projects as well as more than $325,000 for sidewalk repairs and new sidewalk construction. Additionally, the City will be installing new street lights in several, much needed locations around town for the first time in almost 20 years.
In Whitecliff Park this year, Crestwood will be redesigning the bridge and entrance to the park, working on Phase II of the Quarry project with installation of a new pavilion and restrooms, rebuilding the basketball courts, resurfacing the tennis courts, and designing a bridge entrance to the park across Mulberry Creek to connect to the Sheryl Ann/Lodge Pole area of Ward 1. There are various projects planned in other City parks as well, headlined by the replacement of the Sanders Park bridge over Gravois Creek.
The City will also be working on their first Comprehensive Parks Plan of the entire parks and recreation system in Crestwood history. There have been some master plans for individual parks in the past, but the newest of those are now more than 20 years old. We want to hear from residents on the parks features and programming they want to see over the next 20 years so we can work towards those goals.
The Police Department will be renovating and remodeling the remaining areas of the station that were not touched recently in order to maximize space, make needed technology and safety upgrades, and improve overall working conditions.
Lastly, please be sure to vote on April 5th. In addition to Crestwood’s four Aldermanic races, Crestwood voters will be asked to consider Proposition 1, which if passed would allow the City to provide in-house ambulance service at a very high level like almost every other City and Fire District in St. Louis County.
Crestwood and St. Louis County voters will also be asked to consider Proposition C, which is a countywide use tax that would close the last online shopping loophole. Use Tax revenue from Proposition C would be shared with St. Louis County municipalities, like Crestwood, on the same sharing basis as the one-cent countywide sales tax which is the single largest source of income for the City.
The passage of Proposition C would allow the City to maintain its high-quality Police, Fire/EMS, Parks, and Public Works services while still keeping our property tax rates as some of the lowest in the County. Presently, Crestwood has the third lowest combined municipal/fire tax rate of St. Louis County cities over 10,000 population, trailing only Kirkwood and Town and County.
This is an exciting time for the City and I cannot wait to celebrate the 75th Anniversary with you all!