By Talia Kaplan
Richmond Heights, MO (KSDK) - The City of Richmond Heights received three responses for the 2012 Hadley Township redevelopment area.
The submittals were received in the following order:
-- COSTCO Wholesale for southern 19-acres section.
-- NAIDESCO for Menards for southern 19-acres section.
-- PACE PROPERTIES for the northern 20-acres section.
The 'northern section' is that section of the redevelopment area south of Dale Avenue and north of Elinor Avenue. The 'southern section' is that section of the redevelopment area south of Elinor Avenue and north of West Bruno Avenue.
"I want somewhere better for us to live in but I am torn because when you are raised somewhere all your life you have memories," said Melvin Thomas of Richmond Heights. He has been living on Banneker Avenue with his mother for 51 years but for the past few years he says he has been living in limbo.
"We are in a 'wait and see' mode. We still got stuff packed here so we've been waiting a long time," said Thomas.
For years Thomas thought he could be moving out. After conducting a study in 2002, the city decided redevelopment was the way to fix the deteriorating neighborhood. Ten years later, Thomas is learning Costco or Menards could take over his neighborhood.
"All I want to know is if this is really going to happen," said Thomas.
"Development is never a guarantee," said Amy Hamilton the city manager. She says the 2012 request for proposals is the fifth one. Hamilton says the previous requests didn't happen either because no viable proposals were brought to the table or because a developer couldn't finish the project. She is hopeful this one will go through.
"In 2009 we did a request for proposals and we didn't receive a submittal from any of the known developers in the community and so this time we received three proposals that are all from very solid, legitimate, experienced developers and users so it tells you the difference between 2009 and 2012. That's encouraging," said Hamilton.
The city will review the proposals and make a decision by April 16, 2012.