Mounds of Dirt on Old Crestwood Mall Site Called 'Eyesore'

Plan in the works to remove the dirt and debris by mid-July.

Brett Blume
May 21, 2018 - 3:29 pm

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CRESTWOOD, Mo. (KMOX) - Drive down Watson Road past the old Crestwood Mall site and you'll clearly notice the big mountains of dirt and debris that have sprung up on the site.

Crestwood City Administrator Kris Simpson acknowledges that some have taken to calling the place "Mt. Crestwood" in a derogatory fashion, and he admits that can be a less-than-pleasing site for passers-by.

"Dirt is good for the project, we want (the area) to be level with Watson," he explains. "That makes it much more developable and will help make it a successful project in the long run. However, the time has come for us to take care of this eyesore, and the developer agrees. So working together we're going to get this done."

It won't happen until some time in mid-July or so, according to Simpson.

"We expect to receive an application for a grading permit within the next couple of weeks," he says. "The idea is that we have bulldozers working on the site by July."

Simpson says Chicago-based property owner UrbanStreetGroup LLC has retained the services of a "qualified engineer," and city leaders are confident that they will stick with the schedule for reducing the huge dirt mounds.

"They will have to comply with all of the necessary grading requirements," he explains. "They were actually granted a permit that allowed them to temporarily store that dirt on the site, which expires in July. Should they fail to proceed, we have other means available to us to remedy the situation."

Simpson adds he's confident those remedies won't be needed, and that the property owners will move the dirt as agreed.

As for what the 40+ acre site will eventually become, that's still up in the air.

UrbanStreetGroup has been mum on any new developments, though they are said to be looking for a mixed-use project with retail and residential on the old Crestwood Mall site.