RFP for Olive & I-170

Discuss new retail, dining, business and residential projects within St. Louis County, including Chesterfield, Riverport, Earth City, Westport and more.
The person who wrote the Op Ed it did mention a lawyer, but the newsletter seemed unhinged and bizarre. And then there's the whole fact where she straight up says the want to do it for the tax revenue and it won't be (presumably) invested in the 3rd ward. There's only one party who it's known that has a pretty large incentive to stop this. It would be Tsai, the landowner from this article who felt low balled by Novus. Not exactly an "outside force"

http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/ ... 81dc8.html
Its strange that she's getting so defensive, because they've got the votes on the City Council, and seemingly the great majority of U City residents are in favor too. There's really nothing (other than Novus's financing) that can stop the project.
framer wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:47 am
Its strange that she's getting so defensive, because they've got the votes on the City Council, and seemingly the great majority of U City residents are in favor too. There's really nothing (other than Novus's financing) that can stop the project.
It seems like the U City council is really pushing the narrative they need the revenues from Costco to offset Wash U's tax free status. It also would appear U City didn't really consult the existing communities, the 3rd ward homeowners and the business owners, and it seems like they currently don't look too favorably on this project. Novus' ask for 37% is pretty high for what he's offering. The TIF commission is probably the main roadblock.
FWIW, there's a poll on Next Door which shows 71% generally in favor, and 22% generally opposed, with 4% in the middle. This represents 144 people responding to the poll. Not scientific, of course.
Formal complaint filed against U City for violations of the open meetings Sunshine Law (regarding tonight's limited-seating public hearing).

https://patch.com/missouri/universityci ... aign=alert
framer wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:55 pm
FWIW, there's a poll on Next Door which shows 71% generally in favor, and 22% generally opposed, with 4% in the middle. This represents 144 people responding to the poll. Not scientific, of course.
I assume a certain demographic uses Nextdoor which might skew the results. It seems like the Asian business owners are really against this, which I don't quite get since it should in theory it should increase their business since they're probably not competing with Costco. The racial lens of this project don't look good, either. This is shaping up to turn into a proper shitshow and it seems like there's no one to blame except the U City government.
I'd bet the Asian grocers would see a significant hit from Costco. Not necessarily debilitating but detectable. All my Asian friends seem in love with Costco. And to rub salt in the wound, Costco would be getting tax support that they would not, while needing it less and moving more money out of the community.
Do we need MORE retail? Really??
The Slow Death of the Shopping Plaza
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/ ... -virginia/
The picture of this project has sure gotten a lot clearer.

https://patch.com/missouri/universityci ... rsity-city

This group is probably the "outside forces". I'm guessing they have it in for Novus using eminent domain. It seems like this project will get dragged out in court if it proceeds.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institute_for_Justice
There have been a lot of op-eds for and against this project in the last couple of days

https://patch.com/missouri/universitycity

https://www.stltoday.com/search/?k=%22u ... ce=keyword
Revenues are at crisis status yet U City passes on development of the Delmar Harvard School and the precious asphalt lot now containing a tailer police HQ and the gov't run entitlement parking lots north of the Loop aren't available for development in the Parkview Gardens plan because people are supposedly afraid of structured parking.

Stl AMerican - Olive/I-170 redevelopment has potential to benefit University City
Tangential to this situation is Washington University’s land purchases, which have decimated the tax rolls, negatively affected our schools and city services, and has thus contributed to the problems in the most vulnerable portion of our city. The school seems to be taking the name of University City a bit too literally. Unless our city creates a new revenue source, it won’t be long before we have an entire city at risk.
http://www.stlamerican.com/news/columni ... 9324f.html