CRESTWOOD, Mo. (KMOX) - Early Tuesday evening, hundreds of residents rallied in front of Crestwood City Hall and an abandoned mall site, demanding the city move toward a new development, but city officials say that’s unlikely.
“Centrum told me that if they were not on the agenda this evening, and they’re not, that they were done,” Crestwood Mayor Jeff Schlink told the crowd. “My response to Mr. [Sol] Barket was that I’m done with him and Centrum.”
The city has been in talks with Centrum Partners over the Crestwood Court redevelopment project at a space that has been empty for years.
Former alderman Rich Bland says he thinks the city is scared of a debacle that will end up costing it money.
“Being overly cautious, you can develop paralysis through analysis and this is nothing new,” he says.
According to Schlink, the disagreement centered on tax increment financing. With a proposal from Centrum off the table, he said there isn’t a backup plan for the site.
Resident Cindy Meiner says she hopes the rally lit a fire under the city government.
“Take a step and let the developer know that we’re a serious community, we want progress, and also for the board [of aldermen] and the mayor to remind people here that they actually want forward motion because there’s a lot of people here… who we don’t believe in them anymore. We’ve lost their faith.”