Summer Making Music Concert Series Continues July 11 with Samba Bom in Kirkwood Bark
Samba Bom returns to Kirkwood on July 11. Samba Bom is a Midwest-based music ensemble that plays authentic Brazilian music at schools, night clubs, wineries, festivals and private events. The group plays a unique mix of Brazilian popular music styles, including: Samba, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, Olodum, Forro, Chorinho, among others. The Batucada is an exciting, all-percussive jam session that brings any audience to its feet to dance along with the group - just like carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. There will be Brazilian dancers with authentic costumes, so bring your dancing shoes. For more information on Samba Bom, visit their Website by clicking here.
The concerts begin at 7:00 p.m., in the Lions' Amphitheatre in Kirkwood Park. The series is sponsored by the Kirkwood Arts Commission, with generous support from the Kirkwood aRts Foundation, and by Kirkwood Parks and Recreation. Concerts are free, but donations are welcome.
Click here for the full downloadable schedule and a description of each musical act. The other dates and performers are:
~ July 25: Funky Butt Brass Band
~ August 8: Lucky Old Sons
~ August 22: St. Louis Wind Symphony
Commercial Development Update for June 2015
- CVS Pharmacy received Planning & Zoning approval to construct a 13,592-square foot pharmacy with drive-thru at 1085 N. Kirkwood Rd.
- Fresh Thyme Market received final development approval for food store. The proposed store, which is 27,977 square feet, will be located at 1018 N. Kirkwood Rd. Fresh Thyme is a specialty grocer and will offer organic, locally sourced fruits and vegetables, store-created sausages, premium coffee beans and local craft beers.
- Midwest Regional Bank received Site Plan Approval to construct a new financial institution at 1085 N. Kirkwood Road (located adjacent to the future CVS Pharmacy).
- C&S Properties of St. Louis, LLC, received site plan approval for the construction of a multi-tenant office/light industrial building to be located at 538 Leffingwell Avenue.
- Starbucks received approval for a Special Use Permit for a drive-thru restaurant to be located at 10300 Manchester Road (N.E. Corner Greentree Center).
- Raising Canes received a building permit for a new drive-thru restaurant that will be located at 1034 S. Kirkwood Road (formerly O’Donnell Eye Institute).
- McArthur’s Bakery received a building permit for a restaurant use at 210 N. Kirkwood Road (formerly Amici’s).
- Kirkwood Properties, LLC, received a building permit for the construction of a new office building to be located at 140 Prospect. The one-story, multi-tenant building will be 4,606 square feet.
- Winfield’s Gathering Place submitted an application for the construction of an outdoor dining area. The outdoor dining area would contain seating for 56 additional customers.
- Ponca Trails Subdivision. A rezoning and community unit plan application was submitted for a seven-lot subdivision to be constructed along an extension of Ponca Trail.
- Villa di Maria Montessori School submitted a site plan review application for the multi-phase redevelopment of their existing campus at 1280 Simmons Avenue.
50 Trees Street-Tree Planting Program Seeks Site Nominations for Fall 2015
The 50 Trees Street Tree Planting program hosted by Keep Kirkwood Green each year seeks site nominations for Fall tree planting. To promote National Arbor Day on April 24, citizens are asked to nominate sites for trees to be planted in the Fall.
The 50 Trees program began in 2010 to honor the 50th anniversary of the Greentree Festival, but it's been going strong ever since. This year, the program was recognized with the 2014 Arbor Award of Excellence by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The group hopes to plant 75 trees this year, bringing the program's six-year total to 420 trees planted by local volunteers through this citizen-led initiative.
Nominated planting sites must meet certain requirements. Sites must be within the City of Kirkwood's publicly owned right-of-way areas, which typically, but not always, fall in the three- to four-foot grassy are between the curb and sidewalk. The sites must also be clear of overhead utility lines and underground utility conflicts. Qualified sites will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. The trees are planted free of charge.
Interested residents willing to help care for a tree should email contact information and exact location of the proposed site to KeepKirkwoodGreen@gmail.com, or contact the program co-chairs Kathy Paulsen, at 314-822-8947, or Nancy Luetzow, at 314-965-1470. For more information about the 50 Trees program, please visit their Website at KeepKirkwoodgreen.wordpress.com.
Meet Your Local Government at the next "Community Day" at Avery Park on July 18
The City of Kirkwood will hold a second "Community Day at the Park" on July 18 at Avery Park, on the heels of the first successful event in June. Residents are encouraged to attend and to meet their City staff and elected officials in a fun, informal morning gathering. Light refreshments will be served.
These events will feature touch-a-truck exhibits with police and fire vehicles as well as booths staffed by representatives from all City departments - fire, police, electric, water, parks, Kirkwood Public Library, and others.
This is a great opportunity for residents to get to know their local government, ask questions, pick up some information, find out about volunteer opportunities, and learn more about the City's comprehensive planning initiative - EnVision2035 (read more about that here). Residents can take a look at the City's plans for the future and contribute ideas and thoughts to the planning process.
Future events will be held as follows, from 10:00 a.m. to noon:
- August 15, Ella & Charles Monfort Memorial Park, 2036 Briargate Lane
- October 10, Meacham Memorial Park, 340 New York Street
Open Burning Brochure Available Here from Kirkwood Fire and Rescue
It's that time of year again - the time of year when outdoor grills and outdoor fireplaces are back in use. If you have an outdoor fireplace and are wondering about the City's ordinances, please review Kirkwood Fire Department's brochure on this topic, available here. The brochure includes information on outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, bonfires, recreational fires, and other important information.
Residents Can Request Tree Planting Sites
Residents and businesses in the City of Kirkwood can request that a City tree be planted in the parkway or right-of-way at the front of their residence or business. Visit the Urban Forestry Commission page (here) on this Website, and click on the "Street Tree Request Form" on the right-hand gold navigation column.
Community Center Planning Moves Forward
April Update: The Feasibility Study investigating the future of the Kirkwood Community Center continues to move forward. In January, residents had the opportunity to view information related to the phase of the study focused on understanding how the existing site and building could be utilized for future development of the Community Center. The consensus that emerged from that review process, and the discussions with the Community Center Study Committee and City Council, was to focus planning efforts on replacing much of the existing community center facility (see site Plan "C" below). At the same time, a new theater facility will be considered in the southern portion of downtown Kirkwood, in the 200 block of East Monroe Avenue (graphic, click here).
City Council has given preliminary approval to develop conceptual plans for both the new facilities. The result of the conceptual planning process will be more refined floor plans, site sections, elevations, and renderings of the buildings' exteriors. A final vote to approve the contract and funding for the conceptual plan stage is expected at the April 16 City Council meeting. If approved, the conceptual plan process will move forward immediately and is expected to last three or four months.
~ Site Plan C
Community Survey Results (Fall 2014) and Community Center Survey Results (Fall 2013)
The recent Community Survey Results and Report, from Fall 2014, can be accessed and downloaded here.
The Results and Report on the Community Center Survey from Fall 2013 can be accessed and downloaded here. Both survey reports are long and make take 30 seconds or longer to download and open.
Kirkwood Electric Receives RP3 Award for Third-Consecutive Period
Kirkwood Electric received its third RP3 award from the American Public Power Association in May. The RP3 recognition (Reliable Public Power Provider) was given to only 191 public power utilities - out of a field of more than 2,000. Kirkwood Electric also received this prestigious award in 2011 and 2013, when the award was given for a two-year period. This year it was awarded for a three-year period.
The APPA designation recognizes utilities that provide consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. The recognized utilities have demonstrated proficiency in four key disciplines - reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Criteria within each category are based on sound business practices and represent a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity.
"We are honored to receive the RP3 designation," said Mark Petty, Director of Kirkwood Electric. "Our utility staff put in a lot of hard work to serve the residents of Kirkwood. The RP3 award represents a much-appreciated recognition of their hard work."
The APPA is the national organization representing more than 2,000 nonprofit, community-owned, and state-owned electric utilities. This is the 10th year the RP3 recognition has been awarded.