CANCELLED: Tuesday Hearing To Remove Plat & Petition For Pawn Shops, Tattoo Parlors, B&Bs, Bathhouses, Pool Halls


petitionMake your voices heard. Contact your Alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact Information at end of post.

9 am Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Streets, Traffic, Refuse Committee
Leisure Room, Room 230
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

Board Bill 216 by 22nd Ward Jeffrey Boyd (chairman of committee) would remove the Plat & Petition requirements for licensing of Bathhouses, Bed & Breakfasts, Billiard and Pool Rooms, Dance Halls, Pawn Shops, Photo Studios, and Tattoo Parlors.

Board Bill 217 by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar would also eliminate Plat & Petition, and does more, but was assigned to BOA Housing, Urban Development, Zoning Committee, and has not yet been scheduled for hearing.

Both Board Bills state, “no other City in the State of Missouri requires that a business submit a plat and petition prior to obtaining a business license to operate” as a reason to eliminate the requirement.

Members of BOA Streets Committee: 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd, Chair; 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar, Vice Chair; 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley; 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore; 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin; 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. There is a vacant seat on the committee from the appointment of 8th Ward Alderman Steve Conway to Assessor. President Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for all Aldermen and Board President


Tuesday LCRA Blighting & Corporate Welfare Agenda

Pierre Laclede Statue3 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority
1520 Market, City Hall West, Room 2000

Full Agenda

1001 Russell, next to Fine Arts Bldg (future 21-Unit Apartment Bldg & Retail)
2330-32 S 12th, aka Soulard Hilton (future 7-Unit Condos)

Also, 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar’s law firm, Spencer Fane, is on agenda for amendment to contract for special counsel on National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency move to North City.

Corporate Welfare: The Mad Rush To Approve Tax Abatement & Bonds Before New Mayor

yTkejEGTE3 pm Tuesday, November 13th
Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority
1520 Market, City Hall West, Room 2000

Agenda: There’s a lot of big projects being rushed through the system and more on the way.

In Not A Big Project Agenda Items, in Bohemian Hill, 1725 S Tucker & 1716 S 13th are being sold by LCRA to Allied Property Group LLC for renovation.

Way down the Agenda you’ll see that LCRA is about to hire Spencer Fane, the law firm that fought the City’s minimum wage increase, to do some legal work. It’s also the law firm that hired 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar after he voted against raising the minimum wage.

Filed under “Transparency Fail” – Neither the Enhanced Enterprise Zone Commission nor Planned Industrial Expansion Authority  have, as of 9 pm Tonight/Monday, posted agendas online for their Tuesday meetings.

Board President Lewis Reed filed a board bill  for online posting of meeting notices, a poorly written one in my opinion, but hasn’t bothered to have a hearing on it.

Making government more transparent should be an issue in the upcoming mayoral race.

–Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Commiteewoman

Tuesday TIF Commission: Corporate Welfare For Ballpark Village Neighbor

yTkejEGTESt. Louis City Tax Increment Financing Commission
Cupples X Redevelopment
8 am Tuesday, October 18, 2016
City Hall West, 1520 Market, Room 2000
Open to the Public

When a property receives a TIF District, certain sales and earnings tax revenue goes to the developer.

nextSTL articles on Cupples X Redevelopment

7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar is sponsor of Board Bill 27, a 25 year 100% tax abatement bill for the Cupples X project.

Tuesday LCRA Blightingpalooza Includes Redevelopments In 7th Ward-related Neighborhoods

Pierre Laclede Statue

See St. Louis Magazine article on Blighting: How Owners of a $600,000 House Get Away With Paying $400 in Property Taxes For years, St. Louis aldermen have been gift-wrapping tax breaks with no strings attached. Who pays? The city schools.

Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority
3 pm Tuesday, August 23, 2016
1520 Market #2000 (City Hall West)


Agenda items affecting Neighborhoods in or partially in 7th Ward.

Compton Heights
2254-56 S Grand, 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia: Blighting


1600-1742 Washington Ave, 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard & 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis: Monogram Building Redevelopment Agreement. This is the project which closes 17th Street. Already Blighted.
614 N. 11th, 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar: Blighting
2217 Locust, 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia: Blighting
Civic Center Redevelopment Area, 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar: Release from a Deed of Trust of a Building Height Restriction.

Fox Park
2327 Allen, 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia: Blighting
McKinley Heights
2329 Ann, 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar: Blighting
2212-30 Shenandoah, 7th ward Alderman Jack Coatar: Blighting

801-825 Ann, 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar: Redevelopment Agreement. Already Blighted.

Tower Grove East
3425 Magnolia, 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia: Blighting.

Wednesday BOA Hearing on Victor @ 7th Apartment Development

City Hall3Make Your Voice Heard! Contact Your Alderman. Contact information at end of post.

8:30 am Wednesday, June 22, 2016
St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
Housing, Urban Development & Zoning Committee
Kennedy Hearing Room (Room 208), City Hall

Public Hearings on

Downtown – 7th Ward
705 Olive Redevelopment Plan (Boutique Hotel)
Owner: 705 Olive LLC, 4240 Manchester, St. Louis MO 63110
Board Bill 28 by Alderman Jack Coatar
Board Bill 81 by Alderman Jack Coatar
NextSTL article

Grand Center – 19th Ward
1207-25 N Grand & 3610-60 Page Redevelopment Plan
Board Bill 60 by Alderwoman Marlene Davis

Soulard – 7th Ward
721 Victor & 2403-15 S 7th Redevelopment Plan (5-story, 118-unit apartment development)
Board Bill 86 by Alderman Jack Coatar
NextSTL article 

This housing project also includes vacation of the alley.
Board Bill 91 by Alderman Jack Coatar, assigned to Streets Committee.

Parcel Development Agreement for Northside Regeneration
Board Bill 93 by Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard

Plus Four Resolutions on Enterprise Zones

Members of the HUDZ Committee include Alderman Joe Roddy (17th Ward), Chair, Alderman Freeman Bosley Sr (3rd Ward), Alderman Chris Carter (27th ward), Alderman Jack Coatar (7th Ward), Alderman Steve Conway (8th Ward), Alderwoman Marlene Davis (19th Ward), Alderwoman Megan Green (15th Ward), Alderman Antonio French (21st Ward), Alderman Terry Kennedy (18th Ward), Alderwoman Lyda Krewson (28th Ward), Alderman Sam Moore (4th Ward), Alderwoman Cara Spencer (20th Ward).

Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for Members of the Board of Aldermen

Contact Information for Board President Reed

New Board of Aldermen Session: Bill Filings

City Hall3Make your voice heard. Contact your alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact information at end of post.

Some of the 2016-2017 BOA Session’s first proposals include…

Board Bill 3 by 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd would create a waste tire program for St. Louis, an effort to address waste tires, a serious environmental issue. Might be some grant money for us from the State.

Board Bill 7 by 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer would prohibit semi truck traffic along parts of Chippewa, Keokuk, Osage, and Kosciusko.

Board Bill 11 by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar for Zoning changes to Downtown and LaSalle Park Neighborhoods.

Board Bill 21 by 1st Ward Alderwoman Sharon Tyus to remove stock option related income from earnings tax exemption. She had also filed this proposal, or a similar one, late 2015-2016 Session.

Board Bill 30 by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar to create a Wharf Vending District and  Riverfront Vending Committee comprised of St. Louis Port Authority Manager, City Special Events Director, City Streets Director, Executive Director of Great Rivers Greenway and another member designated by the Executive Director of Great Rivers Greenway.

Board Bill 36 by 28th Ward Alderwoman Lyda Krewson, 2nd Ward Alderwoman Dionne Flowers, 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green, 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer to create a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in partnership with St. Louis County. Here’s an Post-Dispatch article on City proposal and an article on County program.

Board Bill 40 by 28th Ward Alderwoman Lyda Krewson and 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer relating to drug overdoses and medical assistance.

And lots of development/blighting bills. Lots and lots of those.

6th Ward Alderwoman Chrissy Ingrassia is sponsoring Resolution #5 regarding the City applying for a grant from Missouri Land and Water Conservation Fund to improve Aloe Plaza across from Union Station Downtown.

Contact information for Aldermen

Contact information for Board President Lewis Reed