July 12, 2018

Call for action TODAY! Blood donations needed!

The Clayton Police Department is hosting a blood drive today, Thursday July 12th, at the Center of Clayton, from 11:00 am-3:00 pm. Summer is the time of greatest need for blood supplies. We are co-hosting this event with the FBI National Academy Associates, of which Captain Stewart Glenn, Lt. Mark Smith and I are members. - Chief Kevin Murphy

Because of the short notice, you can simply walk into the Center to donate.

If you can't make it, could you share this info on your social media to spread the word about the need for donors? 


October 23, 2017

Board of Aldermen meeting - Tuesday, October 24 at 7pm at City Hall

The Board will be addressing whether to allow the community access to the green space at the Maryland School property as a condition for use.  The Architectural Review Board listed this as a condition for use but it was removed by the Board after a controversial vote.  It will be up for a new vote at the meeting after an appeal by concerned residents. 

A good turnout is needed to show the need for proper compliance with current zoning ordinances. Please attend!

September 20, 2017

SAVE THE DATE - Thursday, September 28th - Annual Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Association Meeting

Dear Old Town Clayton Neighbors,

Mark your calendars and plan to attend our ‘Annual Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Meeting’ on Thursday, September 28th from 7 pm - 8:30 pm, at St. Joseph Parish Hall.

Clayton city officials will speak about current community issues, developments, and their impact on our neighborhood. Featured speakers include Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger, City Manager Craig Owens, Ward III Aldermen, Mark Winings and Alex Berger III, and Police and Fire representatives. 

Following all presentations, there will be time allowed for a question and answer session. Lastly, attendance prizes will be awarded where you must be present to win. Don’t miss this opportunity to attend our popular and informative event!

If you haven’t already joined our free neighborhood network on NextDoor.com, you can sign up at https://oldtownclayton.nextdoor.com  To date, we have 341 Old Town residents signed up as members.  I am pleased to report that we gained 124 new members this past year.  Nextdoor has become a valuable resource for our neighborhood.

Do you have any particular talking points you would like addressed at our meeting? Hope to see many of you on September 28th!

September 9, 2017

TUESDAY, 9/12/17 - Board of Aldermen meeting to approve the use for the Maryland School

* A strong turnout Of Old Town Clayton neighbors is encouraged for voices to be heard on Maryland School's future.

Board of Aldermen Meeting 
Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00 pm
Clayton City Hall, 2nd floor

August 28, 2017

TODAY - Architectural Review Board meeting

To review the Centene plans for the Maryland School property

Monday, August 28
5:30 pm
Clayton City Hall, second floor

July 28, 2017

Clayton School District Contracts to Sell Maryland School to Centene

“The following is a public message that was emailed to Clayton School District subscribers. This information is also available at http://www.claytonschools.net

July 28, 2017: The School District of Clayton has entered into a contract to sell the Maryland School property to Centene Corporation (NYSC: CNC). The agreement was finalized earlier this week. Centene is planning to use the building to house its Centene University, which will offer its flagship leadership development program to Centene employees. It will also house its early childhood development center for employees’ children. While significant rehabilitation of the building is needed, Centene is committed to minimizing disruption to the extent possible to the immediate community.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to preserve this historic building and maintain it as a place for education for our employees and their children,” said Michael F. Neidorff, Chairman, President and CEO for Centene. “This site has been vacant for many years and is in decay. We look forward to bringing life back into the building.”
The District recently put the Maryland School back on the market and received seven offers to buy and one offer to lease the property. The Board of Education voted unanimously to move forward with Centene’s proposal.
“Preserving the historic William B. Ittner building was something we knew was important to the surrounding community,” explained Board of Education President Kristin Redington. “Centene’s proposal not only preserves the building but their vision also maintains the overall character of the site. Furthermore, their offer allowed the Board to make a fiscally-responsible decision that will provide both short- and long-term revenue to support our schools.”
The District last used Maryland School as an elementary school in 1980. Since being closed as an elementary school, the school has been rented to a private pre-school/elementary school and used as a temporary site for both District’s early childhood program and The Wilson School. Terms of the contract (including sale price) cannot be disclosed until both parties have closed on the sale and the transaction is final.
About Centene Corporation
Centene Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, is a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise that provides a portfolio of services to government sponsored healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Many receive benefits provided under Medicaid, including the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD), Foster Care and Long Term Care (LTC), in addition to other state-sponsored programs, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly known as "Part D"), as well as programs with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Centene operates local health plans and offers a range of health insurance solutions. It also contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide specialty services including behavioral health management, care management software, correctional healthcare services, dental benefits management, in-home health services, life and health management, managed vision, pharmacy benefits management, specialty pharmacy and telehealth services.
About the School District of Clayton
As a public school system dedicated to the education of all children who come to its schools, the School District of Clayton inspires each of its students to love learning and embrace challenge within a rich and rigorous academic culture. The District’s early childhood center, three elementary schools, middle school and high school serve a diverse student body of approximately 2,600.”

July 22, 2017

Kol Rinah Maryland Avenue Project Update Meeting

Thursday, August 3rd at 7:00 pm
7701 Maryland Avenue
Lower Level Conference Room
 Clayton MO 63105

Dave Cooperstein would like to update our neighborhood regarding the property renovation at 7701 Maryland. New architects from Clayton's Patterhn-Ives, llc have been hired to help meet the project's budget. They have come up with a fantastic, potentially beautiful new scheme, that handles the site in a slightly different way. It is believed that there are a number of elements of the site design that will be even MORE appealing to the adjacent neighbors.
There will be coffee and dessert available, and a question/answer session will follow the presentation. Mark your calendars and bring your neighbors on August 3rd.

May 24, 2017

REMINDER : Maryland School discussion meeting tonight

The Clayton Board of Education will be meeting to discuss (not vote) on the Maryland School property.  Everyone is encouraged to attend and help spread the word.  A large turnout could impact their discussion.

Tonight, - Wednesday May 24th
7 pm
#2 Mark Twain Drive

May 5, 2017

May 8th Meeting - Share Your Thoughts on the Future of Maryland School

Monday, May 8, 2017,  7 pm - 8:30 pm
LOCATION:  Board Room at the School District's Administrative Center
#2 Mark Twain Circle
Clayton, MO  63105

Chris Tennill, Chief Communications Officer from the Clayton School District, would like to invite residents to provide high-level feedback from our Old Town community about options for next steps with the Maryland School property.  They would like to hear from members of the Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Association, particularly those who live close to Maryland School, about their thoughts for the future use of the property. This, along with the survey that was sent out last week, will be one of several data points the Board of Education will use to make a decision about next steps for the property.  Another link to the survey is below for those of you who want to take it.

Share Your Thoughts on the Future of the Maryland School Property

The District last used Maryland School as an elementary school in 1980. Since being closed as an elementary school, the school and its grounds have been used as: rental property to a private preschool/elementary school (Clayton Academy), a temporary site for the District’s early childhood education program during construction and a temporary home for The Wilson School after a fire. A sale of the property fell through last year when the buyer could not obtain the necessary rezoning.

The survey will ask you to evaluate the following four options as well as provide you with an opportunity to suggest your own ideas. The options on the survey, which are based on options developed by the District's Long-Term Financial Planning Committee, include:

  • Renovate the building for potential future use by the District or an outside entity.
  • Make only needed repairs to the building and retain the entire property for potential future use.
  • Selling the entire property to be developed. (Current R-2 zoning allows for single-family homes.)
  • Sell the six out-lots (for single-family homes). Retain the remaining two acres for potential future use. This would include razing the building, creating green space with the remaining two acres, which could be used for potential future use or eventually sold for single family homes.

April 13, 2017

Hanley Park Planning Meeting - May 1st

The City of Clayton would like to invite you to join the Parks & Recreation Commission at their next meeting on Monday, May 1st at 6:00 pm in Hanley Park. The Commission will discuss potential plans for the newly acquired property on the west side of the park as well as gather any suggestions you might have to improve the park.   They will meet by the Pavilion (weather permitting) or inside if necessary.   In particular, they would like to discuss the location for a gate on the west end of the property as well as a path to connect that entrance to the other paths in the park.  
If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to provide input please feel free to contact Patty DeForrest, Director of Parks & Recreation at pdeforrest@claytonmo.gov or 314-290-8464. 

March 25, 2017

BOE Meeting Regarding Maryland School Property Options


Board of Education Meeting (open to public)
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Admin Building
Board Room
#2 Mark Twain Circle
Clayton, MO 63105

The Board of Education will be discussing future options for the Maryland School property at their meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29. These options range from keeping the property as is to selling it all for single family housing to selling a portion of the property and razing the building, with a few others in between.

Link to agenda HERE. 

Chris Tennill, APR
Chief Communications Officer
School District of Clayton

March 7, 2017

September 6, 2016

Taylor Park Dedication Event - Wednesday 9/7

Tell your neighbors and join others at this free Old Town Clayton celebration event in Taylor Park!

August 19, 2016

Save the date - Annual Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Association Meeting – Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Dear Old Town Clayton Neighbors,

Mark your calendars and plan to attend our ‘Annual Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Meeting’ on Wednesday, September 21st, 7 pm - 8:30 pm, at St. Joseph Parish Hall.

Clayton city officials will speak about current community issues, developments, and their impact on our neighborhood. Featured speakers include Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger, City Manager Craig Owens, Ward III Aldermen, Mark Winings and Alex Berger III, Police Chief Kevin Murphy, and Fire Chief Mark Thorp. 

Following all presentations, there will be a comments and question session and attendance prize announcements. You must be present to win.  Don’t miss this opportunity to attend our neighborhood’s popular and informative event!

If you haven’t already joined our free neighborhood network on NextDoor,com, I encourage you to do so. I invite you to check it out at https://nextdoor.com/invite/nvfqymwxyjhxqeckpcrd  To date, we have 217 Old Town residents signed up as members.  Ask your neighbors how they like it.

Let me know in advance if you have any particular talking points you want addressed at our meeting by our city officials. Thanks!

Cheryl Verde
President, Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Association

August 17, 2016

Coffee with a Cop Event - August 25th

May 10, 2016

Volunteer Training Event for new Clayton Heritage Center (opening June 1st!)

Wednesday, May 18
7:00 pm
Center of Clayton, 50 Gay Ave, Clayton, MO 63105


Are you interested in local history? The Clayton Century Foundation is seeking volunteers to help interpret our local history. Open to the public on June 1st, the Clayton Heritage Center for Historical Research located in the lobby of the Center of Clayton will be a wonderful asset to our community.

Volunteers are essential in order to sharing this important resource with our friends and neighbors. And it's our goal to make volunteering as enjoyable for you as it is valuable for us.

If you have enthusiasm, good customer service skills, enjoy history and exploring cultural organizational environments and are a lifelong learner, then volunteering at the Heritage Center may be for you.

We seek volunteers from diverse backgrounds to help tell the story of all Claytonians. From greeting visitors to working behind the scenes, every volunteer brings meaning to the work that they do.

Please email CCF History or leave message at (314) 467-0712 to register as a volunteer and attend this special training event.

March 2, 2016

Developer Terminates Maryland School Contract

March 2, 2016 - From the Clayton School District eNews Special Edition: 

Love Investment Company (Love) has terminated its contract to purchase the Maryland School property from the School District of Clayton. The proposed Maryland School Town Homes development, which had its re-zoning petition denied by Clayton's Plan Commission a few weeks ago, would have generated about $400,000 of new annual tax revenue. Love's plans for the project included building 25 attached, luxury, single-family townhomes on the property.

"We appreciate the effort Love put forth in attempting to make this project happen as it represented the highest and best use for that property, and we respect and understand their decision," said Chief Financial Officer Mary Jo Gruber. "In terms of next steps for the property, the Board of Education will continue to evaluate options for the Maryland School property and will keep the community updated as they move through that process."

- Chris Tennill
Clayton School District

February 24, 2016

LOCATION UPDATE: Kol Rinah Informational Meeting for Old Town Neighborhood

WHEN:   Wednesday March 2, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
WHERE: The Journey Church, Lower Level Auditorium
                7701 Maryland Ave
Coffee and light dessert will be served.
RSVP’s appreciated, (leave voicemail .at 314-246-0712), but walk-ins are more than welcome.

February 23, 2016

Announcement: Kol Rinah Informational Meeting, Wednesday March 2

Kol Rinah, a Conservative Jewish congregation of St. Louis, would like to invite the Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Association to an Informational Meeting and Q&A regarding their proposed development of the property at 7701 Maryland Ave, Clayton, MO (currently occupied by the Journey church).

Kol Rinah is undergoing their due diligence on a contract for the property, and is preparing to submit their plans for development to the Clayton Planning and Zoning Board for review.  The leadership of the congregation would like to spend approximately 60 minutes with the Neighborhood Association, addressing the following items:
  •  Who is Kol Rinah, and why are we moving?
  • How did we identify the Journey Property
  • What are the plans for renovation and addition of the property?
  • How are we handling the parking situation?
  • What is our general timeline?
 The meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 6:30 pm.

The location of the meeting is currently To Be Determined (within the next 24 to 48 hours). As soon as a meeting location is determined, we will let the Neighborhood Association know accordingly.

Join Kol Rinah for coffee and light dessert, listen to a brief presentation of the current plans for the property, and answer any questions you might have about our exciting move into your beautiful neighborhood.

RSVP’s  appreciated, (leave voicemail at 314-246-0712), but walk-ins are more than welcome.

- Dave Cooperstein
Vice President, Kol Rinah

February 18, 2016

Clayton Plan Commission again rejects plan for townhomes

 February 16, 2016 Stltoday.com article:

'The resident voice won again on Tuesday as the Clayton Plan Commission voted to not recommend approval of a project of 25 town homes that’s proposed for a neighborhood of single-family homes.

A developer wants to build a cluster of town homes with underground parking at 7501 Maryland Avenue, replacing a school that has been unused since 1983. The developer is not asking for any tax incentives.

The city’s planning commission voted 6-1 Tuesday night to recommend that the Board of Aldermen reject rezoning that would allow the project. Commission member Joshua Corson was the only one to vote in favor.....(read complete article HERE.)

February 10, 2016


Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 5:30 p.m.
City of Clayton – 2nd Floor Council Chambers - 10 N. Bemiston Ave.
Clayton, Missouri 63105

For further information, contact Louis Clayton at 314-290-8450
Applications and Plans available at www.claytonmo.gov/PendingApplications

Residential Planned Unit Development – Townhome Development
7501 Maryland Avenue

Consideration of the following applications submitted by Bruce Korn, Maryland School Town Homes, LLC, owner/developer, to allow the construction of six buildings containing 25 fee simple townhomes, 50 underground parking spaces and a private street.
1.    RezoningPC: A public hearing to solicit input to rezone the subject property from R-2 Single Family Dwelling District to R-4 Low-Density Multiple Family Dwelling District.
2.    Rezoning PC:  A public hearing to solicit input to rezone the subject property from R-4 Low Density Multiple Family Dwelling District to a Planned Unit Development District (PUD).
3.    Planned Unit DevelopmentPC: A public hearing to solicit input regarding the proposed Planned Unit Development (PUD).
4.    Subdivision PlatPC: Consideration of a major subdivision plat that creates 25 fee simple lots, 48,890 square feet of common area (including a new private street) and provides an 83-square-foot right-of-way dedication at the southeast quadrant of the property.  The proposed plat also includes the creation of utility easements on existing lots addressed 7500-7520 Westmoreland Avenue.
5.    Architectural ReviewARB: Consideration of the design and materials associated with the proposed townhome development.

Letter to Old Town Clayton neighbors from members of 'Protect Clayton Neighborhoods' .........

Dear Neighbors and Concerned Residents:

Please plan to attend the City Plan Commission meeting on Tuesday, February 16 at 5:30 pm at City Hall, 10 N. Bemiston, 2nd Floor.  The latest proposal for the Maryland School property will be presented by the developers.  They are requesting an unprecedented upgrade in zoning that if approved could affect all residential neighborhoods in Clayton.  We hope you will show up to voice your concern and show your support for following the zoning ordinances and Land Use plans that have long been in place.  The developer’s plan has changed very little since they received a unanimous negative recommendation on this project last May.   This is a very important time for Clayton with many planned developments coming to the City.  We need to reiterate that only those in accordance with local and state laws should be approved.  This cannot be a case-by-case assessment process.

Thank you,
 The members of Protect Clayton Neighborhoods

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