Old Webster Redevelopment Project
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About the Old Webster Redevelopment Project
The City of Webster Groves. after reviewing possible sites, selected the Gore, Kirkham, Rock Hill and Pacific area of Webster Groves as a potential site for redevelopment. Redevelopment is an opportunity to change positively the landscape of an area while strengthening the fabric of the community.
The City’s selected developer, SG Collaborative, is responsible for creating, funding and recommending the Old Webster Redevelopment Project conceptual design. The City is responsible for making decisions toward implementation while encouraging public participation. Ultimately, voting on the redevelopment conceptual design and development agreement in order to move the project forward falls with the City Council.
Why does the City get involved in redevelopment and planning?
● Create an opportunity to strengthen the fabric of the community
● Increase the financial security of the city through additional revenue
● Bring in new businesses that provide vitality with increased shopping and dining
● Explore additional housing opportunities for existing and new residents
● Provide amenities that increase a welcoming and enjoyable environment for residents and visitors
● Promote the arts, sustainability, and enhance underutilized areas
What does redevelopment entail?
From the City’s perspective, redevelopment is an opportunity to enhance underutilized areas of the City to attract business and investment, improve infrastructure, and increase city revenue and housing options. It may entail using the City’s economic development tools as well as its zoning options.
What does Webster Groves’ redevelopment process entail?
Redevelopment in Webster Groves is initiated by either a private business or developer approaching the City on a particular project or by the City. City initiation starts with prioritization of areas for redevelopment and using community input and Council planning goals Council issues a Request for Proposals to identify a developer. In the case of the Gore, Kirkham, Rock Hill and Pacific area, the City issued a Request for Proposals for developers interested in transforming the future of this area.
In either case, a redevelopment conceptual design proposal is produced and brought forward to the Planning Commission and City Council for consideration, review and potential adoption.
This spring, Webster Groves issued a Request for Proposals from development teams to work with the community to produce conceptual plans for redevelopment in the Gore, Pacific, Kirkham, and Rock Hill area that fit in the fabric of Webster Groves. SG Collaborative was selected, and they are responsible for funding and producing the redevelopment conceptual design process.
The City (staff, Mayor Welch and City Council) will work with SG Collaborative to ensure residents have many opportunities to participate. SG Collaborative, using market data and design professionals, in partnership with residents and City officials, will create a draft redevelopment conceptual design that will be reviewed and voted on by the Mayor and City Council by the end of 2020.
What is the City’s desired timeline for redevelopment?
Webster Groves city officials understand that given the current economic conditions, it will not be easy to determine a final timeline for redevelopment. SG Collaborative has estimated they will have a final redevelopment conceptual design ready for review and discussion by the end of 2020 after several rounds of public input. Preliminary designs will be submitted to the city for public discussion and input in the Fall.
How does the City work with SG Collaborative?
City officials work with SG Collaborative and set public hearings about various aspects of the project to make sure residents, stakeholders and businesses have the opportunity to weigh in on the vision, designs and terms of the redevelopment plan.
Who has the final say on the redevelopment plan?
Webster Groves Mayor and City Council will vote on the final redevelopment plan following months of robust public engagement and several rounds of public hearings in front of the Planning Commission and City Council.
Has the COVID-19 economic downturn affected the timeline or ability of the City to do the redevelopment project?
COVID-19’s economic impacts have had a devastating impact on Webster Groves and those across the region. While we do not know the full extent of the economic impact long-term, we know we have an incredible opportunity with this project to take our time and get it right!
● SG Collaborative funds the redevelopment planning process - it has no impact on the City’s general fund.
● SG Collaborative plans for extensive redevelopment planning and public engagement; we will be able to use this time to get additional feedback and refine concepts.
● SG Collaborative is focusing on business, housing, commercial and quality of life attractions that will likely be in high demand in Webster Groves.