Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Work on Mackenzie Lofts Begins! Gravois Creek Bridge to be Rebuilt.

The Mayor was lurking about at the Affton Chamber of Commerce meeting this morning and got a few scoops for you, my fellow Afftonians. There were 13 people present including two reps from the County and one from MoDot. I'm pleased to report that the meetings are informal, unpretentious and actually have a few laughs.

First, I confirmed that the cars present at the former Affton Elks building does indeed signify that work has begun on the Mackenzie Lofts by TB Realty & Development. This project was reported on in the Post in April. This project will be bringing 23 residential units to the depressing corner of Mackenzie & Heege mentioned in a previous post. While I'm not wild about this group's pride in developing Shop'n'Saves or Home Depots, their site does feature a couple of mixed-use residential developments that abut large retail stores. I think the plan for the Mackenzie Lofts (passed around at the meeting) is good. They are using the existing building, hiding carports on the south side, and screening the entrance drive with trees. There will be roughly 7 units per floor with 1, 2 and 3 bedroom options from a reported $140,000-$350,000. I am thankful that this will give a few folks an opportunity for a new housing choice. Sadly, there are no plans for retail space on the first floor and the existing parking lot is staying.

There was a recap of other development in the area showing a potential of 600 new residences for Affton!

Also of note was that the Save-A-Lot on Bayless near Union will be closing and going vacant. Apparently they are too close to the newer store at Grasso Plaza and the independent owner on Bayless will be calling it quits at that location.

The next hot topic of the summer will be MoDot's rebuilding of the bridge over Gravois Creek at McNary Rd. and Gravois near Grant's Farm. MoDot is planning on closing Gravois for about two months in the Fall or Winter to facilitate replacing the bridge built around 1923. Regardless of what happens with the Villages at Gravois Creek development next to Cor Jesu, there will be a new and wider, five-land bridge going in there soon. Grant's Trail access should not be affected. There will be a public hearing on this issue in July for debate on full closure or partial closure of Gravois Rd.

5 Comments:

At 1:19 PM, Blogger UFO said...

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At 8:57 PM, Anonymous lydon said...

This is very exciting news. Not the ideal use but at least its not going to be a check cashing store or a mini mall.
What will be evry interesting is how the plans develop for the units.
I went here for 3rd and 4th grade when it was Heege school. Way back in 1973 and 1974.
I hope that the new owners open up the building for some walk throughs before they begin construction. I would love to see those old staircases again and the coat rooms in tha back of the classrooms.

 
At 12:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 5:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

think you can just delete my comment and silence me? your not even a real mayor. but you are a real nuisance.

 
At 11:54 AM, Blogger ellidew said...

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