CRESTWOOD, Mo. — The leftovers of a former shopping mall in south St. Louis County will begin the process of being leveled soon.
Friday, the City of Crestwood announced in a newsletter that the large mounds of dirt at the site of the former Crestwood Plaza mall will begin to be flattened later this month due to an approved grading plan in cooperation with the property owners, Chicago-based UrbanStreet Group. The grading plan aims to reduce the mounds to be street level with Watson Road, which runs adjacent to the property.
In addition, the city announced that UrbanStreet, who purchased the property in 2014, will plant native prairie grass on the dirt once it's flattened, which will aim to help "control erosion and will improve the appearance" of the empty lot.
"[UrbanStreet] recently brought some new local partners into the mix, and are trying to recruit tenants with a new energy," said City Administrator Kris Simpson. "There is a new conceptual plan that they are working with, that I think residents will find exciting. I’m optimistic that the developer can pull the project together."
Crestwood Plaza, known as Crestwood Court at its closure, shuttered in 2013. The shopping mall sat vacant until its demolition in 2016. The final building, the former Macy's anchor store, was torn down early last year.