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Letter from Captain Moran – Opportunity Crimes

February 22, 2013 in Crime Tips by fpsesafety

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Letter from Captain Moran – Opportunity Crimes – 2013

Text from Captain Moran’s Letter:

9th District Business and Community Leaders,

“We wanted to make you all aware of an increase in “crimes of opportunity” occurring over the last several months in many areas wherein people are leaving their personal belongings (particularly cell phones) laying around on desks, tables and bar tops.

As you all know, for years we’ve reminded the public not to leave valuables in sight within the cabin of your vehicles, or to look around and pay attention to those who may be watching you place a purse, laptop or the like in your trunk before walking away from your auto. 

What seems to be the new trend however is the criminals are now making the attempt to blend in to their surroundings. 

They’ll frequent places that are open to the public like restaurants, bars, hospitals or a busy office building and sit around giving the appearance that they’re just like you and me and they belong there.  They might give you the impression they’re just having a cup coffee on break from a busy day of work or relaxing while shopping.  You sit down with your laptop, iPad, cell phone, etc. and relax with no thought of someone watching you with an eye on your property.  You’re feeling comfortable with your surroundings, so you decide to leave your table to grab something to-go or use the restroom before leaving…and when you return, your property is gone. 

We in law enforcement have had several opportunities recently to view video from hospitals, office buildings or restaurants after an incident has occurred and we’ve watched this new breed of opportunist walk into a workspace or over to a table and pick up what they want and walk away as if it was theirs in the first place; nothing to make them stand out from the crowd.

We would like you to share this information with your employees and coworkers; look around, pay attention to your surroundings, don’t place yourself into a false sense of “it won’t happen here”.    Keep your valuables, especially purses and cell phones with you at all times.  Train your staff to ask customers to keep these items in their possession without leaving the property on tables, bars or desks.

These types of crimes are preventable with some help from you.  We look forward to working with you to continue our mission to make our neighborhoods safe and pleasurable”.

Thank you,

Captain James E. Moran

Commander, District Nine

Another Year of Progress

February 19, 2013 in Beautification/Infrastructure, Central West End, Community Events, CWE NSI, Development, Employment Assistance, Forest Park Southeast, Human and Social Services, Resident Spotlight, safety, The Grove, WUMCRC News by

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The WUMC 2012 Year in Review highlights the continued progress in the Forest Park Southeast and Central West End neighborhoods. Both neighborhoods continue to flourish and grow. In FPSE the new Aventura development is rising on the northern edge of the neighborhood, completing transforming Chouteau Avenue into a pleasant walkable urban vista. In the CWE, the Neighborhood Security Initiative continues to serve as an innovation leader in community safety. As we look back on 2012, all indications point to another banner year in community stabilization and development. We hope that you enjoy the News Letter- End of 2012 and we are looking forward to an even more prosperous 2013!

News Letter- End of 2012

Historic District Expansion in Forest Park Southeast

February 13, 2013 in Development, Forest Park Southeast, WUMCRC News by

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The fourth Forest Park Southeast Historic District Expansion has officially been approved!

The original FPSE Historic District was approved in 2001 and was bounded by Chouteau, the alley between Manchester and Cadet, and Kingshighway and S. South. The first boundary increase in 2005, included 4170-4370 (even) and 4229-4341 (odd) Manchester. The second boundary increase in 2007, included 4121-25, 4127-29, 4131, 4133, 4137, 4139-41, 4143, 4145, 4501-07, 4509-11, 4510, and 4512-14 Manchester Ave. The third boundary increase in 2009, included 4100-4162 Manchester (even) 4151-4201 Manchester (odd) & 4216 Gibson.

New Boundaries Map

The fourth, and newest, boundary increase was approved in December 2012, which now includes portions of Boyle, Kentucky, Norfolk, Swan, Talmage, Tower Grove, Vandeventer & Vista (12/19/12).

Grove Properties LLC and Mangrove Redevelopment, whose owners are both Forest Park Southeast residents, hired and funded an experienced local historic tax credit consultant to complete and submit the lengthy and quite expansive application.

This new historic tax credit status should serve as an incentive to help Forest Park Southeast attract further historic renovations to areas previously overlooked.  It is an opportunity for developers of all sizes to restore buildings according to criteria set by the National Park Service and in return receive a 20% federal tax credit.  The State of Missouri currently offers qualified applicants an additional 25% credit if the completed work meets the criteria.

Each developer will need to submit its own application, which includes the renovation plans for each building they plan to restore.  Once the National Park Service and the State approve of the plans, work may begin.  Developers should not begin work until after their plans have been approved, as this will jeopardize their ability to receive tax credits.

The new boundaries has been registered with the National Park Service, the renovation criteria set by the State and Federal governments does not apply to everyone who wants to work on their property or has no interest in the tax credits.  The new status does not require anyone to comply with their criteria, only those who wish to utilize the tax credits. The Missouri legislature is currently reviewing the existing program and considering making adjustments.

Image courtesy of City of St. Louis Planning & Urban Design Agency Cultural Resources Office

Local developer, Guy Slay had this to say about the historic district expansion:

“The benefits to existing residents and business owners have been demonstrated in our neighborhood and around the city.  When vacant buildings are restored and occupied, crime is reduced and nearby businesses benefit from having new customers within walking distance.

Mangrove’s role in advocating for and sponsoring this application process along with Grove Properties is to provide an incentive for potential developers of all sizes to restore buildings located within these boundaries.

By doing so, our historic architecture is preserved for future generations, crime is reduced, businesses have new customers and the quality of life for area residents is significantly improved.  New residents bring new and different energy and creativity.  We have great energy and creativity on the south side of Manchester.”

Image courtesy of City of St. Louis Planning & Urban Design Agency Cultural Resources Office

Brian Phillips, WUMC Executive Director, stated, “The process of expanding the district was a great example of how stakeholders in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood work together to reach consensus. Guy (Mangrove Redevelopment) and Austin (Grove Properties) approached WUMC and other neighborhood stakeholders to express their interest in expanding the district. WUMC provided some technical assistance in generating mapping data and worked with the consultant hired by Guy and Austin. In the end, the FPSE Development Committee fully endorsed the plan and now we have an expanded area of opportunity for redevelopment.”

MODOT narrows and shifts lanes downtown for Tower Grove project

February 1, 2013 in i-64, modot, Tower Grove by parkcentral17

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MoDOT narrows and shifts I-64 lanes downtown for Tower Grove project ST. LOUIS –When I-64 reopens Monday, February 4 at 3 a.m., drivers in both directions will have narrowed and shifted lanes on the interstate between Kingshighway and Vandeventer. Crews will stripe the three 10-foot lanes in each direction and shift traffic to the … Continue reading »

New Development Coming to FPSE

January 30, 2013 in Beautification/Infrastructure, Development, Forest Park Southeast, The Grove by

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Rookie developer, Jeff McCurdy, with Above All Development is gearing up to break ground the first week in February on his first project, which just so happens to be down the street from another new development that Above All Development is heading, Aventura at Forest Park. This project is at the corner of Tower Grove and Chouteau and is expected to be completed no later than July, 2013. Developing this vacant lot will add a nice welcome to the community for commuters exiting highway 40 at the new Tower Grove Interchange, currently under construction.

Site Plan

McCurdy, will be jumping into a nearly $1 million project that will consist of two buildings with six total units. The 1,332 square foot, 2 bedroom and 2.5 bathroom town homes will rent for approximately $1,500 per month once completed. The town homes will be loaded with amenities such as a two-car attached garage, a large second floor deck, granite counter tops, stainless appliances, walk-in closets, vinyl wood plank flooring throughout, and a washer and dryer in each unit.

Town Home Floor Plans

Above All Development is a small outfit that focuses on doing smaller deals that other large institutional developers tend to pass over. They look for emerging neighborhoods where they can create a niche and they strongly believe that the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood is a home run. Along with Jeff, Above All Development is made up of Jeff’s father, Stan McCurdy and Tom Behle.

Front Elevation

McCurdy stated, “The continued job growth of the surrounding medical community as well as significant growth to the retail located off Manchester makes this location ideal for this type of development. This project provides quick access for medical professionals, as well as SLU and Washington University students, while at the same time providing residents an opportunity to live in a tightly knit community, which Forest Park Southeast offers.”

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Rear and Side Elevation

Above All Development has expressed sincere interest in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood, first with Aventura and now with this new town home development. McCurdy, who is very proud of this new project, stated, “This development is different from others in the area. For one, it’s new construction, we also want to try and provide our residents with a place that feels more like a home than an apartment. The attached parking garage is an added bonus, because they are extremely hard to find in the city.”

Potential residents can contact McCurdy directly at