Along with Mayor Gucionne of Wentzville, and Mayor Zucker of Dardenne Prarie, and the City of Flint Hill, I gave an update to our Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce on the City of Lake Saint Louis for our annual State of the Cities. My update was for 2019, as well as what is ahead for 2020.
Did you know that this year Lake Saint Louis has been incorporated as a City for 45 years? Of course it was unincorporated as the Community Association (Harbor Town) for several years before becoming a 4th Class City. In 2020 our population is around 16,200 and growing, but we will probably always be the 5th largest city in the County. And while in 1975, all residents were within the Community Association boundaries, currently that is around 55%, with 45% outside of the CA. That is why it is important for the City to offer amenities like our City parks, and teaming with The Meadows so that all of our residents may enjoy what our City has to offer.
Last year Lake Saint Louis saw 170 new single family homes at a value of $55M. The three subdivisions with current construction are McBride’s Wyndstone off Duello Rd, Zykan & McBride’s Mill Creek off Lake St. Louis Blvd, and Renaissance Living’s Creekside Landing off Technology Drive.
Our major employers are once again St. Joseph Hospital (900+), NISC (600+ and continuing to grow!), MTM (500), and our four largest employers add over 700 jobs. Speaking of retail, our FY19 revenue was $5.2M, up from $5.1M in FY18, and $5M in FY16 and 17. With all of the online sales, we are pleased to see an increase, attracting shoppers from across the area.
The Meadows continues to add events - the 5K run, Summer Concerts, 3rd Annual Beerfest, Farmers Market, and RetailNEXT (planned again for 2020). Synergy at The Meadows (the apartments) is currently leasing and will be completed in April. The developer actually chose more expensive materials (old repurposed St. Louis bricks) to give the buildings a “city feel” while still blending in with the rest of the brick in the Meadows.
Many of you may have seen on our City Facebook and website, the exciting news of our two new City parks, and while I am talking about the Meadows, Cohen Equities, owners of The Meadows has donated over two acres of land to the City to develop a new City park! Our concept plan is designed after a smaller version of the St. Louis “City Gardens”, with features like a splash pad with fountains and lit up at night, a natural looking water feature similar to a creek, playground, walking paths with benches, open area, future artwork, and maybe bocce ball or ping pong or other adult activities. A pavilion and restrooms will be located at the park entrance.
We have not finalized all of the details, but will be in the coming months. This will be our 6th City park, and is located in the vacant triangle across from BC’s and Mueller Furniture. In addition to the Meadows Park, our “No Name” passive park with access through the Wyndstone subdivision off Duello Road will open thus fall. We will be having residents vote on three names the Park Board selected so this park finally has a name after more than 10 years when the 40 acres was donated to the City. Before Wyndstone, there was no access to the land. Construction of some of the trails is currently in progress. There will be trails by the pond and creek, wooded trails and a meadow trail with vistas on the hill.
When completed, there will be about two miles of trails. Parking and a restroom will be located at the trailhead. These two new parks will complement our other four City parks providing all residents different options to enjoy the outdoors.
Look for the latest retail/commercial development off Orf Road (eventually connecting to Sommers Road) behind Aldi’s called Southridge Shoppes which is in both Lake Saint Louis and O’Fallon. TAUC Urgent Care will be the first tenant (and Lake Saint Louis’s first urgent care) with plans to open this summer.
Other new construction you may have noticed is a veterinaria n by Walmart, and a new office park behind Great Southern Bank on LSL Blvd. (mainly one story brick duplexes). These will not be retail, but businesses like dentists, doctors, attorneys, financial services, etc.
With warmer weather, construction will continue on LSL Blvd up to Pleasant Meadow Drive. Look for an Open House meeting in late April for the City to show plans for the final phase of LSL Blvd reconstruction to the spillway bridge. Construction on a new box culvert and shoulder widening is in progress on Freymuth Road (area across from I-64). In 2021 construction of the new roundabout at Veterans Memorial Parkway and LSL Blvd. by Hardees will begin. The roundabout will reconfigure the on and off ramps from I-70, the outer road (portion of Veterans Memorial Parkway) and LSL Blvd from the current stoplight. This design makes much more sense than the original concept of removing businesses in the area to allevi ate traffic control. This is a joint project with MODOT funding. As you can see, a lot is happening in the City of Lake Saint Louis! With the growth of our City and the rest of St. Charles County, I would like to stress again - please lock your cars, and remove all valuables like laptops, keys & fobs, wallets, purses, cell phones, garage door openers, guns - as our Lake Saint Louis Police signs say “Lock it or Lose It”.
Enjoy the spring weather, and watch for early morning walkers with later daylight with Daylight Savings Time.