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Hurdle Cleared for New Menards to be Built Next to Walmart, But it's Not Final

Menards reached agreements with all 100 property owners in the Hadley Township development area, but there's still work to be done.

Menards, on Monday, cleared a large hurdle in its plan to build a store in Richmond Heights. The company reached agreements with all 100 property owners in the development area, north of the Walmart in Maplewood Commons up to Elinor Avenue.

Richmond Heights City Manager Amy Hamilton announced in the council meeting Monday night that the city got the preliminary funding agreement and a check for the remaining $75,000 due.

“Obviously there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done,” she said. “This was a great step forward that we were looking forward to.”

Peter Sheahan, representing Menards in the real estate talks, said he reached agreements with all 100 property owners as of approximately 6 p.m. on Monday.

At the Nov. 19 council meeting, Menards had 98 of the 100 owners signed, and the council voted to extend the deadline to Dec. 4.

“It’s been a long task,” Sheahan said. “Unfortunately we’re quite over budget, but we’ve come a long way in a short period of time.”

He said Menards will begin sending out RFPs to begin the physical due diligence part of the project.

Hamilton said environmental and geo testing will be part of that work, which will begin next month.

District 2 Councilman Michael Jones asked about utilities such as water and electric being interrupted in Hadley Township north of Elinor Avenue. He said residents had contacted him with concerns.

Hamilton said Menards would have full knowledge of utilities before construction begins.

District 2 Councilman Rick Vilcek asked Sheahan if the project might cause any school children to not finish the year at Maplewood Richmond Heights.

“Right now we really don’t have a definitive schedule,” Sheahan said. “I can’t imagine there will be a problem with 2012-13 school year. I think we’re safe.”

The Hadley Township Development area is divided east to west by Elinor Avenue. Pace Properties attempted to develop the area north of Elinor. Pace gave up the project in September when they weren't able to reach agreements with all the owners.

More in Patch:

  • Menards Gives Hadley Update in Richmond Heights
  • Deadline Extended for Menards to Get Funding
  • Hadley Township: Menards Making 'Very Positive Progress' on Contracts
  • Blogger: Menards Will Aggravate Hanley Congestion
  • Pace Properties Abandons Hadley Township Retail Development
ScreaminMiMi December 04, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Just what MRH needs...Menard's .. another 'hardware' store. They have their Lowe's just south of this proposed spot. Also there is Home Depot located right across Hanley from the Hadley Township Development. Ridiculous! MiMi Brentwood
RDBet December 04, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Agreed Mimi. There is nothing positive about this. Very poor planning and cooperation. This development has been a slow-motion fiasco, before Menards was in the picture. Smooth-talking developers have pit one municipality against another. Much of our appeal (central location) in MRH-Brentwood has been handed over and even subsidized. STL area hardware locales gone under in the near past-many in our immediate area: Central Hardware Essen Hardware Builder's Square HQ HomeQuarters Furrows Hill-Behan A trail of white elephants and wasted resources....Builder's Square still leaves a gaping hole in the STL Marketplace. Yeah, businesses come and go in the competitive market. Which is why it makes no sense for municipalities to subsidize them with TIFS, eminent domain etc. I am guessing Home Depot will be gone within 5 years, leaving a big hole to fill.
Jeremy December 07, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I used to live in the Chicago area. Menards is WAY better than Lowes and Home Depot. I worked at Home Depot for 2 years and Lowes for 6 years. Menards has a way better selection of products...not that the competition couldn't adapt to that...
RDBet December 07, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I am sure there are better grocery stores than the Dierbergs up there. Point is, the local market does not need another monstrous hardware store. If the market needed another Big Box hardware store, then the subsidy wouldn't be needed.

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