Wiecher Votes "No" on Kenrick Plaza Resolution
The new alderwoman elected in April continues her opposition to the Walmart project.
Shrewsbury alderwoman Dee Wiecher registered the only “nay” vote on a procedural resolution related to the redevelopment of Kenrick Plaza.
The resolution concerned setting a date for a public hearing for the Shrewsbury TIF Commission to discuss the plaza’s redevelopment plan. The site’s developer, GJ Grewe, revealed a preliminary proposal for revamping the ailing shopping center at a meeting of the St. Louis County TIF Commission Aug. 17.
The centerpiece of Grewe’s proposal is the construction of a Walmart Super Center as an “anchor store.” After the meeting, Wiecher said her vote was based on her opposition to the Walmart-centered effort.
“I don’t think we should be doing this at all,” she said.
Wiecher was elected this year in a hotly contested election centered on debate over the Walmart project.
The measure passed with the support of the other five aldermen. It will serve as a formal request to the commission to set a date, which Greever said statute says must fall between Oct. 30 and Nov. 28.
The TIF commission meets Wednesday, and will look at a cost-benefit analysis of the redevelopment project, as well as consider a date for the public hearing.