Friday, March 1, 2013
The move effectively blocks the gas station and convenience store from being built at 915 N. Kirkwood Road.
The lightning bugs in a north Kirkwood neighborhood will still be roaming free after a city council meeting Thursday. The council unanimously voted to deny a special use permit for a proposed U-Gas Station at 915 N. Kirkwood Road, agreeing with a planning and zoning commission recommendation to deny it and citizens who had voiced opposition. Some of the resistance came from an unlikely pair – two girls, Samantha and Carter Radman, ages 11 and 7. They spoke at a meeting earlier in the month and again on Thursday, arguing that the development would, among other things, hurt their ability to see lightning bugs. Several members of the council took the chance prior to voting to explain why they were against the proposal and cited a number of …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The gas station and convenience store has drawn opposition from nearby residents concerned about increased traffic and other impacts.
A controversial U-Gas Convenience Store planned for 915 N. Kirkwood Road will be up for its first vote by the Kirkwood City Council at a meeting tonight following a public hearing that drew some adorable, if formidable, opposition. Residents have expressed concerns about the project’s impact on traffic, property values and the general welfare of the neighborhood and the Kirkwood Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously denied the company’s request for a special use exception permit. Although the Kirkwood City Council can vote whether to approve the development regardless of the commission’s decision, the move required the company to ask for a public hearing, which was held Feb. 7. Following the hearing and in light of the concerns raised…
Friday, February 8, 2013
City leaders described February 7, 2008 as a day that made the community stronger despite "unbelievable" and "horrific" events.
Let the past be recorded in the pages of history; let time be the judge of the past. Teach us to look forward with love and helpfulness. We pray to live and work together in harmony throgh the responsibility of government; for worthy are they who gain mastery of self, for they have the key to success. Unite us together in encouragement, help u face the future with confidence; for united, faith grows. Words that made up a prayer used in Kirkwood 41 years ago were read again Thursday by Kirkwood Mayor Art McDonnell as the city council met five years to the day since Cookie Thornton, shot eight people at a council meeting, ultimately taking the lives of six people. Thornton was shot and killed by police. "We'll never forget this day, but we …
The controversial development for North Kirkwood Road ran into fresh opposition Thursday.
Developers of a proposed U-Gas Convenience Store returned to Kirkwood City Hall to press their case as part of a public hearing on a bid for a special use permit Thursday, but may have met their match in the form of two young girls. Samantha and Carter Radman, identified by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch as being ages 11 and 7, brought the house down during the hearing with their argument against the proposal, including the fact that light from the development would hurt their ability to see lightning bugs and impede campfires. Samantha suggested the land at 915 North Kirkwood Road be developed instead into a park, a historical center, or a skybridge and said she was prepared to help fundraise for it. Ann Jones, who said she's a crossing …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The tragedy left six dead when a gunman opened fire during a Kirkwood City Council meeting in 2008.
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, marks five years since the Kirkwood City Hall Massacre that left six dead during a city council meeting. Charles "Cookie" Thornton, a long-time Kirkwood resident, opened fire shortly after a city council meeting commenced Feb. 7, 2008, at Kirkwood City Hall, according to a past STL Today report. Eight were shot in the incident, and six killed: Kirkwood Police Officers Tom Ballman and William Biggs, Councilwoman Connie Karr, Councilman Mike Lynch, Public Works Director Kenneth Yost, and Thornton, who was shot by police. Then-Mayor Mike Swoboda was also shot and survived through seven months after the tragedy before passing away from complications caused from the gunshot wounds. With a history of city council …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
This preview takes a look at some of the item's the Kirkwood City Council will discuss at its 7 p.m. meeting Thursday, Feb. 7.
The Kirkwood City Council will meet Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. at Kirkwood City Hall. Here's a preview of some the items on the council's agenda.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The Kirkwood City Council will vote on a proposed station and convenience store at 915 North Kirkwood Rd.
Even though a U-Gas did not find the favor of the city's planning and zoning commission, it's not stopping the business from pursuing development of a station and convenience store near the corner of Manchester and North Kirkwood roads. A public hearing for the proposed U-Gas at 915 North Kirkwood Rd. has been placed on the Kirkwood City Council's Feb. 7 agenda. When the city's planning and zoning commission denied recommending a special use exception permit for U-Gas, homeowners opposed to the development considered the decision a victory. U-Gas expressed an interest in appealing the commission's decision months ago, but the city was waiting for the business to submit a revised site plan before it could set a public hearing. During the …
Friday, January 18, 2013
BARx Crossfit gains the support of Kirkwood's planning and zoning commission.
BARx Crossfit, a fitness facility that focuses on high-intensity training, moved a step closer to opening in Kirkwood Wednesday night. The city's planning and zoning commission approved the development of the fitness facility that would fill a vacancy at 11216 Manchester Rd. At the meeting, commissioners recommended that BARx replace the property's aging lights on the rear and side of the building. Other conditions for the facility include adding an ADA accessible ramp and re-striping the parking lot, according to Kirkwood Zoning Administrator Ryan Spencer. BARx will need to submit a revised site plan before the new business goes before the Kirkwood City Council for approval. The business has yet to be put on a city council agenda. Past …
Customers' electric bills would increase $76 a year on average. Councilors and city officials say the move is necessary for the future of the publicly owned utility.
City councilors approved an increase to Kirkwood's electric rates at its Thursday meeting that would up customers' electric bills $76 a year on average. The Kirkwood City Council voted 5-1 on Thursday night to change Kirkwood's average yearly electric rate from 9.475 cents to 9.86 cents per kilowatt hour. Summer and winter rates differ in Kirkwood. Under the new rate, Kirkwood customers would pay on average $9 less a year than Ameren customers. Councilor Gina Jaksetic voted against the bill to raise rates. "My intent in voting no was to try to encourage additional dialogue in terms of looking at the electric rate in a much bigger picture of all the other needs of the city," Jaksetic told Patch. "I know we need to increase our rate, but …
Monday, January 7, 2013
The park will take over an adjacent plot at 400 S. Fillmore Ave.
At their Jan. 3 meeting, the Kirkwood City Council unanimously voted in favor of purchasing a plot of land at 400 S. Fillmore Ave. for $70,000 to expand Fillmore Park. The funds will come from the ½ Center Parks and Recreation Sales Tax Fund. The property’s cost is $67,500 with the remaining $2,500 to be spent on legal and closing costs. A house that was on site was demolished earlier last year. The community will be invited to discuss plans for the site in public meetings. In the meantime, tell us in our comments: What would you like to see in this new addition to Fillmore Park?