Dancin Donna

United States

#1 Aug 8, 2007
NW Plaza is still a great place to shop.. We all need to shop there.... We all need to put
forth an effort to make it survive & thrive. If we all stay away, if allows the negatives to take it from us... We can start here in
showing our support and strength as a
community and perhaps it will revive some good values that I grew up with in Overland.. We need to reclaim the values and show our pride.... In all our community
Dude

Wentzville, MO

#2 Aug 8, 2007
Dancin Donna wrote:
NW Plaza is still a great place to shop.. We all need to shop there.... We all need to put
forth an effort to make it survive & thrive. If we all stay away, if allows the negatives to take it from us... We can start here in
showing our support and strength as a
community and perhaps it will revive some good values that I grew up with in Overland.. We need to reclaim the values and show our pride.... In all our community
They need to start by making it safe. People need to feel like it's a safe, friendly place to shop. Not a place where you're afraid to make eye contact with the wrong person. It used to be that way. I shopped there. I ate at the restaurants. I stopped when it became a hangout for people who weren't there to shop. A mall is where you shop for things you want, have a nice dinner, see a movie. It should be a place where peaceable people want to go.
dia

Taipei, Taiwan

#3 Aug 12, 2007
Exactly!
Dude

Wentzville, MO

#4 Sep 23, 2007
OK, now we have the whole NW Plaza thing settled, I hope, what about the 50+ year old housing stock that is just waiting for the bulldozer? St. Ann's approach is to condem wherever they can. Nevermind that someone has their life invested in a property within the city, St. Ann is going to try to figure out a way to force you to dump it so that some developer will swoop down and snatch them up, cheap, pad the pockets of aware and interested parties, then build a new parking lot, hotel, or restaurant. Your houses are worth well more than market value, especially those of you who are close to the Airport and I-70. Don't let them do it.
Dude

Wentzville, MO

#5 Sep 24, 2007
...they could care less about your house. It's the 1/4 acre lot it sits on that's wanted. You can easily park at least 15 cars for airport passengers on it and charge a minimum of $10 a day. So, lets say they only fill it to 1/3 the capacity for only 1/3 of a year. That's still five cars for a 120 days. They could make $6k a year on your little quarter acre lot. Lambert is probably going to make Cypress Road it's main access point in the coming years. Why isn't the city talking to us about this?
Dude

Wentzville, MO

#6 Sep 25, 2007
O.K. It's just me talking about this. That's fine. It seems that no one from St. Ann posts on the St. Ann Forum. I'll just keep posting, then. There is a 122 acre plot of land that sits just south of I-70 between Cypress Road and Pear Tree Lane. It runs South to St. Girard about a hundred yards from the interstate. Seven years ago, before the horror of 9/11, it was worth 160k a rooftop. Now, there are people giving their houses away to forclosure vultures and LLC's. It's sad. Years from now when restaurant chains and airport parking companies are making millions, we can say, "I should have held out, I should have stayed." This is the ending that St. Ann wants to give us. We are mushrooms, living in the dark, eating their manure. They tell us nothing about development, about the redevelopment plans that they proposed two years ago. Why do we let them get away with the silence? Because we're all too busy? Because we trust the city government? When all this is done, we the homeowners will get nothing. They'll say they did everything they could to find a developer. They will reap the rewards and benefits of our properties.
Dude

Wentzville, MO

#7 Sep 25, 2007
Did I mention how much I do not trust St. Ann City government?
Dude

Wentzville, MO

#8 Sep 25, 2007
I bought a utility trailer to haul some stuff, the other day. I've been using it for the last four days, in St. Ann. It's unlicensed. I haven't had time to take off work to go to get it licensed, yet. See, I have a job that I'd like to keep, and MODOT doesn't care about the hours I have to work. I will get it legal, soon. My biggest fear was getting a ticket for using it. But, I didn't see one police officer. I went to the dump, the recycling center, to Home Depot. I was up and down the Rock Road, International Plaza, Cypress, Ashby. Not one cop. Then I realized, all the St. Ann Police were all at the Mall or at home grooming their lawns. St. Ann has some of the most beautiful lawns in the St. Louis area. If you don't manicure your lawn, you could get a ticket. St. Ann has devoted more resources to investigating properties than it has to stopping crime. Meanwhile, I'm still scared to go to Northwest Plaza.
Jellio

Wentzville, MO

#9 Sep 27, 2007
Interesting...The house next to mine has weeds a foot high, the grass on the City's Parkway is higher than the grass on my rental property, but I'm scared to get a ticket. So, I'll mow for fear of the lawn cops. It seems to me, and this is just my twisted little mind thinking, that St. Ann is trying to run off landlords and get their properties on the cheap. They won't run me off.
Dude

Wentzville, MO

#10 Oct 2, 2007
You, as a landlord, are probably in a more difficult situation, Jellio. They're probably looking more closely at how you or your tenant is taking care of your property. They've already condemned several vacant-non-residential properties in St. Ann, according to the news. And, from what I've seen on their website ( stannmo.org ) they're stepping up efforts on non-residential homeowners. Just take a look at the RFP Cypress\I-70. You can see that they have plans to develop the I-70 corridor, someday, maybe when the owners cry uncle. A lot of LLC's and Real-Estate developers have bought up distressed properties and forclosures there. It would be interesting to know just who has made money from the development, when it happens. I for one will want to know how much they made and when did they know about the development. They'd better keep their noses clean. I'll be looking at public records.

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