Wednesday Soulard Occupancy Permit Appeals: Lucas Schoolhouse & Steelyard

appeal1:30 pm Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Room 208, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public
In Soulard, 7th Ward…
1020-22 Allen (previously Lucas School House concert/event venue), 7th Ward – Appeal #20273 & #20274 filed by d.b.a. Lucas Schoolhouse* from the determination of Building Commissioner to deny an occupancy permit authorizing
for 1020 Allen
+ Art Gallery
+ Office
+ Full Liquor
+ No Cooking, Food Prep Only
for 1022 Allen
+ Art Studio- sculpting & instruction
Zone: “D” – Multiple Family Dwelling District

The property has been owned by Soulard Properties Group (registered agent Harjot Padda) since 2010 according to Assessor records. Also owns adjacent historic St. Paul’s Friedens Church.

There’s no d.b.a. Lucas Schoolhouse in Secretary of State corporations database. There is a Lucas School House d.b.a. registration that expired in 2013. Lucas Schoolhouse LLC registered with Secretary of State over a year ago via SCW Registered Agent, which is Summers Compton Wells law firm.

2424 S. 9th, Steelyards luxury apartments  – Appeal filed by V E Design Group, to amend variance to increase total units from 127 to 128 total units

It’s Run For Your Beads, Taste of Soulard, Blue Ball, Barkus Parade, Weiner Dog Derby, Blessing of the Pets Weekend

MardiGrasPOsterThis year’s Soulard Mardi Gras posters/shirt design is one of the best ever. Some still available for purchase at participating Soulard businesses.

9 am Saturday Run For Your Beads 5K. Registration Fee $35 Thursday & Friday, $40 Race Day/Saturday. Watching is Free.
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11 am to 5 pm Taste of Soulard. Food & Drink ticket booklets are $25 and available at all participating venues. Trolley will run Saturday Only and Julia’s Market Cafe & South Broadway Athletic Club participate Saturday Only.
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Saturday Night is Banana Bike Brigade’s Mardi Gras Blue Ball– St. Louis Blues Theme- @ Lemp Grand Hall. Tickets $30 online Today or $35 Saturday.
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Sunday’s Barkus/Pet Parade Registration Begins 10 am, Parade starts 1 pm- 12th @ Allen. Registration Fee $10. Watching is Free. Barclay returns as Parade Grand Marshal.
ParadeMaps

weiner dog derbySunday’s Wiener Dog Derby Registration Begins 10 am, Opening Ceremonies 1:45 pm, Races 2 pm- Weiner Stadium @ Soulard Market Park. Registration Fee $10. Watching is Free.

Sunday’s Blessing of the Pets is 1-3 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1805 S 8th. Free.
Blessing of pets

Monday Soulard Special Business District (Property Tax) Meeting

yTkejEGTE6:30-8 pm Monday, February 10, 2020
Soulard Special Business District
Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th
Open to the Public

SSBD Website Online Notice: Posted Sunday Night without Agenda as of 9 am Monday.

City Online Calendar Notice*: Posted Without Agenda as of 9 am Monday.

Agenda: None posted online as of 9 am Monday. The last Agenda posted, for January 2020 Meeting, is actually July 2018 Agenda.

Most recent Meeting Minutes posted online: December 2019

*SSBD is required by Mayor Lyda Krewson’s Executive Order 60 (relating to Sunshine/transparency) to post Meeting Notices and Agendas at least 24 hours in advance to City Online Calendar. For a 6:30 Monday Meeting, the Notice & Agenda must be posted by 6:30 pm Friday before the meeting.

Soulard Special Business District still does not post budgets. Their website has a 2016 pie chart showing percentages to various categories.  That’s not a budget. This is Soulard Special Business District’s 2018 Budget approved by Board of Aldermen: Note, 2018 Budget included $300,000 for “General Security Provider,” That’s TCF. The Budget also provided $10,000 for “Recognition – TCF Officers.”

Tuesday Liquor License Hearings: Mardi G’s in Soulard; City Museum Downtown

drinks9 am Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Room 418, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public
 
9:40 am Hearing
1026-28 Geyer @ Menard (previously Soulard Stable, Spooty’s, Sonny’s,…), Soulard, 7th Ward – Geyer Restaurant LLC d.b.a. Mardi Gs (Missouri Secretary of State database does not show a filing for that d.b.a.) – Robert Heyder, Manager 
+ Full Drink
+ Sunday
+ Summer Garden
 
10:20 am Hearing
701 N 15th (1510 Delmar), 4th Floor, Downtown, 5th Ward – Museum Holding LLC d.b.a. City Museum  – Richard W. Ewin, Manager
+ Full Drink
+ Sunday

Saturday Galloway for Gov HQ Grand Opening in Soulard

HQJoin State Auditor Nicole Galloway and Supporters
1:30 pm Saturday, February 1st, 2020
For Grand Opening of Galloway for Governor
St. Louis Headquarters*
2200 S 12th, Soulard

Speakers: State Auditor Nicole Galloway
State Senator Jamilah Nasheed
78th District State Rep. Rasheen Aldridge

Stop by to meet Galloway, Nasheed, Aldridge and volunteer.

*Also Missouri Democratic Party’s St. Louis HQ

Thursday Liquor License Hearing: Bogart’s in Soulard

drinks9:20 am Thursday, January 30, 2020
Excise Commission
Room 418, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

9:20 am Hearing
1627 S 9th @ Lafayette, Soulard, 7th Ward – Hogapalooza LLC dba Bogart’s Smokehouse  – Niki Puto, Manager
+ Full Drink
+ Sunday
+ Sidewalk Cafe

Monday Preservation Board Meeting: 1 Soulard & 2 Fox Park Appeals

lacledesepiaComments may be submitted up to an hour before each Board meeting and will be presented to the Board and entered in the meeting record. Email comments to Adona Buford, Preservation Board Secretary at buforda@stlouis-mo.gov

4 pm Monday, January 27, 2020
St. Louis City Preservation Board
Room 2000, 1520 Market, City Hall West
Open to the Public

Online City Calendar Notice (the link where it says Website is actually Agenda page)

Agenda with Details/Drawings/History of Structures

In Soulard, 7th Ward…

1017-19 Geyer (construct a single family house) was on Preliminary Agenda but not on Final Agenda.Also see pages 13-18 of Agenda from 7/30/2018 

1722-30 S. 9th, Llywelyn’s Pub – Appeal of the Director’s Denial to retain 2 garage doors installed without permit and not up to historic code – Staff Recommends upholding Director’s Denial

In Fox Park, 7th Ward…

2647 Shenandoah – Appeal of Director’s Denial to install 33 solar panels on roof – Staff Recommends upholding Director’s Denial

In Fox Park, 6th Ward...

2743 Gravois – Appeal of the Director’s Denial to Retain a Commercial Building Built Without a Permit – Staff Recommends upholding Director’s Denial

See Agenda for other items including 4 National Register Nominations.

UPDATED: Sunshine Request For Soulard CID Tax Election Results

Updated January 13, 2020 with January 10, 2020 response from David G. Richardson, Husch Blackwell, attorney for Soulard Community Improvement District. The records will be turned over by January 17th. You would think that part of the records could be turned over immediately. Hard to believe the election authority- Husch Blackwell- does not have a file folder with a letter to Soulard CID Board with number of  votes cast, number of Yes votes, number of No votes, that could be forwarded as partial  comply with Sunshine request.

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Imagine if your city had a website that failed to provide contact information- no physical address, no phone number, and the email link was dead, but if you clicked on and read every page, eventually you’d find the email address buried on another page.

Imagine if your city held a tax election where the ballots were mailed and counted by a law firm, not conducted by your Election Board or elected County Clerk or Election Director, and the election results were not posted online except percentage of Yes and No votes.

That’s the situation with Soulard Community Improvement District. It is, under State law, a taxing district, a political subdivision, a governmental unit. It is bigger than many cities in Missouri. And it has a transparency problem, which would come as no surprise to the Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway.

Soulard CID held a mail in sales tax election conducted by its legal counsel- Husch Blackwell.

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It has failed to publish election results even remotely resembling that what would happen in an election conducted by Board of Election.

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To get the election results, I have made a Sunshine request today.

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I’ll let you know the response. I plan on writing more on this faux election later.

— Marie Ceselski, former 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

 

 

Holiday Events In 7th Ward Neighborhoods

HolidayEventsReoccuring

Fridays 4-8 pm
Saturdays-Sundays Noon-8 pm
Monday, December 23 to Wednesday, January 1 Noon-8 pm
Downtown
Winterfest Ice Rink @ Kiener Plaza
Free if you bring your own skates.
Free skate rental Fridays for Children (ages 3-15)
Skate rentals $12 Adults, $7 Children (ages 3-15)

Wednesday through Saturday, Tours 11 am, Noon, 1 pm, 2 pm
Soulard/Benton Park
Christmas @ DeMenil Mansion
$10 Adult, $5 Children under age 12

Fridays-Sundays 5-10 pm thru December  30
Soulard
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights
Free

Special Events

10:30 am Friday, December 13, 2019
Downtown
Storytime Theater presents A Christmas Carol @ Central Library
1301 Olive
Perfect for Grades K-5
Free

5-8 pm Friday, December 13, 2019
Soulard
Santa Comes to Soulard
Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th
Santa for the kids, cookies, music
Free

7-9 pm Friday, December 13, 2019
Soulard
Handbell Concert @ Trinity Lutheran Church
812 Soulard
Free

5-8 pm Friday, December 13, 2019
Downtown & Compton Hill
An Old Fashioned Christmas
Campbell House Museum @ 1508 Locust
Magic Chef Mansion @ 3400 Russell
$30 Advance, $40 Limited Day Of

10 am Saturday, December 14, 2019
Soulard
Keys for Keys Carols at the Spinet Concert @ Soulard Market
Free, but donations accepted for Places for People assisting persons who are homeless

10 am to 4 pm, Saturday, December 14, 2019
Downtown
Makers Market @ City Museum
750 N 16th
Shop Goods/Gifts from 25 Local Makers + Brands, Live Music, S’mores & Hot Chocolate
$16 Admission to Museum

2 pm Saturday, December 14, 2019
Downtown
Storytime Theater presents Holidays Around The World @ Central Library
1301 Olive
Perfect for Kids
Free

3 pm Saturday, December 14, 2019
Soulard
St. Louis Metro Singers Holiday Concert @ Saints Peter & Paul Church
8th @ Allen
Fee, but collection for the singers will be taken

5 pm Saturday, December 14, 2019
Downtown
3rd Annual Neighbors United Holiday Dinner hosted by Pot Bangerz
Christ Church Cathedral, 1210 Locust
Volunteers needed, donations of gifts for the homeless needed
Free, everyone welcome

5-8 pm Saturday, December 14, 2019
Downtown & Compton Hill
An Old Fashioned Christmas
Campbell House Museum @ 1508 Locust
Magic Chef Mansion @ 3400 Russell
$30 Advance, $40 Limited Day Of

Noon-5 pm Sunday, December 15, 2019
LaSalle Park
Holiday Bazaar @ 4 Hands Brewery
1220 S 8th
A Holidays Shopping opportunity, 15 vendors and growing
Free

Noon Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Downtown
Holiday Concert @ Old Courthouse, Gateway Arch
Music by Vita Cantus Choir
Free

11 am to 1 pm Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Downtown
Holiday Open House @ Central Express Library
815 Olive #160
Light Refreshments
Free

6-10 pm Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Benton Park
Benton Park Neighborhood Association Holiday Party & Membership Drive
Yemanji Brasil, 2900 Missouri
Info pending

7-10 pm Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Soulard
Christmas Tree Painting @ Jingle Bar
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S 12th
Paint & Sip Party with local artist Brittany Halaska
$35 Advance

4-6 pm Thursday, December 19, 2019
Downtown
Winter Break Party for Kids @ Central Library
1301 Olive
For K-5 & Teens. Crafts, Activities, Winter Treats
Free

6 pm Thursday, December 19, 2019
Downtown
Holiday Concert with Carlos Brown, Jr of Jazz St. Louis @ Central Library
1301 Olive
Free

4 pm Saturday, December 21, 2019
Downtown
The Longest Night Service & Candle Lighting Ceremony
Centenary United Methodist Church, 55 Plaza Square
The names of those who have died homeless in the past year will be read, candles will be lit in their honor. 
Free

5-10 pm Monday, January 6, 2020
Soulard
Twelfth Night Celebration, official start of Soulard Mardi Gras
Party Tent @ Soulard Market Park on Lafayette
5 pm Doors Open. 5:15 pm petitioning to begin Mardi Gras. 6:40 pm parade/procession thru Soulard, then crowing of Mardi Gras Rex and raising the Mardi Gras flag.
Free. Cash Bar @ Tent.

Monday Soulard Property Tax Special District Meeting, Sunshine Issues Continue

DecSSBDSoulard Special Business District is a special taxing district that funds security/safety services within part of Soulard via property tax collected in part of Soulard. Boundaries.

This Soulard Special Business District meeting, like most before it, is in violation of Mayor Lyda Krewson’s Executive Order #60 on requiring meeting notices be posted 24 Hours in advance on City Calendar. The Executive Order applies to all offices, board, commissions subject to Missouri Sunshine Law, which requires Notice AND Agenda posted 24 Business Hours in advance. For a 6:30 pm Monday Meeting, the Notice & Agenda must be posted online by 6:30 pm previous Friday. SSBD did not post on City Calendar until 7:53 am Today/Monday and the Notice has no Agenda.

Soulard Special Business District is not Soulard Restoration Group Safety Committee, which posts meeting notices and agendas on Nextdoor and Soulard’s weekly email newsletter, as a neighborhood association activity, is not required to post to City Calendar.

Soulard Special Business District is not the new Soulard Community Improvement District, which will fund improvements in part of Soulard via special sales tax collected in part of Soulard. Two of the Special Business District directors, however, are also Community Improvement District directors. Boundaries

Special Taxing Districts have received great criticism from State Auditor Nicole Galloway.

6:30-8 pm Monday, December 9, 2019
Soulard Special Business District
Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice

Agenda: Not Provided in City Calendar Notice or Soulard Special Business District’s website.

Most recent posted Meeting Minutes: None. Soulard Special Business District does not post Minutes online.

Soulard Special Business District also does not post budgets. It has a 2016 pie chart showing percentages to various categories. That’s not a budget. This is Soulard Special Business District’s 2018 Budget approved by Board of Aldermen. Note, 2018 Budget included $300,000 for “General Security Provider,” That’s TCF, the off duty police officers who patrol in Soulard, Downtown, elsewhere in vehicles marker “Police.”. The Budget also provided $10,000 for “Recognition – TCF Officers.”

There’s $6,000 budgeted for “Business Management,” so there’s no reason meeting Notices & Agendas should not be posted online in accordance with law.