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Menards and Pace Properties Chosen to Develop Hadley in Richmond Heights

Menards will develop the southern section of the area, while Pace will develop the northern portion. City Council voted on the issue Monday.

Menards and Pace Properties have been chosen to develop two sections of the Hadley Township Redevelopment Area in . City Council made the announcement during a meeting Monday at .

approximately 246,000 square feet in size. In addition, the development would include roughly 400 parking spaces and allow for the presence of three or four complementary retail businesses or restaurants at the southwest and northwest corners of the site.

The council voted 8-1 in favor of Menards. District 3 Councilman Ed Notter voted against the proposal.

approximately 150,000 square feet in size. The development also would include 750 parking spaces and a four-island, 16-position gas station.

Both have said they would bring hundreds of jobs to the city.

District 2 Councilman Jim Thomson said his vote reflects the businesses that expressed commitment to treating residents of Hadley objectively and with respect.

"I think it's a vote for taking people's homes," Thomson said. "… But sometime either tonight or in the future, redevelopment will come to that area."

District 3 Councilwoman Gina Mitten agreed with his comments about the treatment of residents.

"The reason for my vote is because I think it's more feasible given some of the issues that we have between the two sites," Mitten said. "And I also feel that the Menards proposal asked for significantly less taxpayer financing and city assistance, and that is a very big and important issue for me."

The council voted unanimously to pursue a proposal by Pace Properties, which has outlined just south of The Heights.

City Manager Amy Hamilton said the city will next fill out the necessary paperwork on the issue. It will then ask the city's Tax Increment Financing Commission to reconvene, consider the new projects and review related public assistance requests.

The process is expected to take about six months.

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RDBet April 03, 2012 at 12:20 PM
How much of this development are taxpayer's financing? 20% -40%? That's Big Box capitalism -where the only competition is between stressed municipalities to see who can offer the most money and sweetest locations for the developers.
RDBet April 03, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Where are our fiscal conservative watchdogs on this? Must be too busy making sure all that everybody gets a photo Id so they can vote.
RDBet April 03, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Do we get to vote on this? I have my photo ID.
Doug Miner April 03, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Curious on folks' thoughts on a Menards being built across from a Home Depot and practically next to a Lowes - Three big boxes - three municipalities - Maplewood, Brentwood and Richmond Heights.
RDBet April 03, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Obviously, I feel it's a bit much.
Jil April 03, 2012 at 04:29 PM
That is not the right choice, we already have a Lowe's, Home Depot, and a Sam's club. That means after a few years someone will pull out/go out of business and the area will be left with large vacant buildings. Deer Creek, hello.
Craig April 03, 2012 at 07:58 PM
ok, so this will be the first Menard's in the area but after looking at their website what do they offer that I can't get at Home Depot or Lowes? I agree with those saying we don't need yet another big box retailer selling the same stuff the other big box retailers are already selling next door. Yawn.
mormit April 04, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Menard's is the best of those three companies but like others have said, that will be too much of the same for the area to support. One of the other two would probably have to close after a couple of years. Probably Home Depot. They are my least favorite and their store is starting to look pretty ragged. If the location is so good, perhaps the developer should cover the full cost of the project.
Deb April 04, 2012 at 01:23 AM
oh wow,, I miss Minards after leaving Michigan.. I'm so excited if they come to Maplewood. In my opinion it's less of a warehouse nuts and bolts store as it is a huge store of necessary and desired home improvement and decor items. It is unlike the other two mentioned.
RDBet April 04, 2012 at 04:13 AM
They are asking for taxpayers to fund 42% of the project. Pretty slick.
April Brewer April 06, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I am excited. They have them in Indiana where I'm from. Live on the Richmond Heights/Maplewood border and quite frankly I hate shopping at the WalMart. The K Mart doesn't have what I want most of the time, and I cannot stand the traffic in the Target area. I think Menards will be a nice add. Prices will be in line with Walmart and the quality and choices in line with Target. To me... nothing like Home Depot or Lowes... and I wouldnt not shope either of them due to Menards. I will, however, quit driving out of my county to go to Walmart.

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