September 15, 2015

SAVE THE DATE! September 17th - Annual Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Meeting

Mark your calendars and attend our popular ‘Annual Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Meeting’ on Thursday, September 17th.

You will hear presentations from city officials regarding community issues and updates, and its 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. Your comments and questions are welcomed at the end of the program.

As in the past, exciting attendance prizes, donated by local retailers, will be awarded to some lucky attendees. You must be present to win. Don’t miss this opportunity to attend this special and informative neighborhood event!

  •  Straubs Grocery Store
  • Molly Darcy Restaurant 
  • Touchstones Jewelry by Jill Petzall
  • St. Louis Cinema Theatres
  • Barrister's Restaurant
  • Avani's Day Spa
  • Hampton Inn & Suites
  • Red Key Realty Leaders
  • The Crossing Restaurant
  • Niche Restaurant

September 2, 2015

Traffic Alert - Missouri American Water Project on Hanley Road

City of Clayton Announcement - Drivers on Hanley Road should expect delays between Maryland Ave. and Forest Park Parkway starting tomorrow morning (9/3/15) and lasting at least one month.

Beginning tomorrow morning (9/3/15) at 7 a.m., Missouri American Water Company will begin work to install a liner to a major water main that recently burst underneath Hanley Road, between Carondelet and Forsyth. The project will entail numerous excavations of pavement and will reduce driving lanes in both directions. This project is expected to last at least one month.

Missouri American Water’s contractor will work from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, work in the northbound lanes will not begin until after 9 a.m., in deference to the dominant directional flow of morning rush hour traffic.

June 9, 2015

PUBLIC HEARING TONIGHT...6/9/15...7 pm City Hall Council Chambers

Residents are encouraged to attend if available.

1.     Ordinance – To approve rezoning at 111 N. Central Avenue from R-3, One and Two Family Dwelling District to C-2, General Commercial District. (Bill No. 6499)
2.     Ordinance – To approve rezoning at 25 N. Central Avenue from High Density Commercial (HDC) and Central Business District (CBD) Core Overlay District (COD) to a Planned Unit Development District (PUD). (Bill No. 6500)
·        To consider approvals for rezonings and a PUD for the Opus Development Company, LLC, to allow the construction of a mixed-use development at 25 North Central Avenue and a 30-space surface parking lot at 111 North Central Avenue.
3.     Ordinance – To approve a subdivision plat at 25 N. Central Avenue. (Bill No. 6501)
· To consider an application for a subdivision plat in support of the development of a new mixed-use project.
4.     Ordinance – To approve a petition requesting the formation of the 25 North Central Community Improvement District (CID) and to approve a Redevelopment Agreement. (Bill No. 6502)
·To consider a petition request submitted by 25 NC, LLC for the formation of a CID and to consider approving the Redevelopment Agreement.

May 15, 2015

You are Invited - Hanley House is celebrating its 160th Anniversary!

Old Town Clayton's historic Hanley House, located on Westmoreland, was featured this week on 'Show Me St. Louis' TV program. The segment highlighted tomorrow's 160th Anniversary picnic at Hanley House, on May 16th from 11 am until 1 pm. You can view the video link at

Please consider attending with your family to celebrate with your neighbors.

May 10, 2015

REMINDER: PUBLIC HEARING - Monday, May 11 regarding Maryland School Townhouses

The Clayton Architectural Review Board and the Planning & Zoning Commission are meeting this Monday evening, May 11, at 5:30 p.m. on the 2nd floor of City Hall to hear the application to rezone the Maryland School property from single family residential to a multi-family 35-unit PUD. 

A short video created by a 15 year old resident wants it shared with our neighborhood.  It can be viewed on

No matter which side of this issue you stand, residents are encouraged to attend the public hearing to voice their concerns or support of rezoning. 

May 8, 2015

Message from Susan C. Ryan - Updates to the Maryland School Town Homes project plans

Maryland School Town Homes Plans Evolve
Enhanced garden space, underground utilities, ample parking, state-of-the-art storm-water rain garden and nearly 200 trees will highlight the new neighborhood plans.

Interest in the Maryland School Town Homes project continues to grow as developers Bruce Korn and Larry Schiffer, and architect Gyo Obata stand poised to unveil the next phase of their proposal for the former Maryland School property.  Over the past few months, plans have evolved to incorporate ideas solicited from supportive residents, the business community and Clayton city officials; all with an eye toward ensuring that the finished product is one in which all parties can take pride. Next week, developers will continue through the approval process and present this latest plan to the Planning and Zoning and Architectural Review Board.

“We’ve always believed this is an innovative project that will bring new energy, support and revenue to Clayton restaurants, shops, services and businesses. It will help our local economy,” said Bruce Korn, project developer and co-owner. “What we’ve done is solicited and incorporated other ideas.  It’s an even better project now. We’re excited about the current plans and the positive influence this development will have on the community.”

Over the last several months, the project modifications have largely been focused on enhancing the greenspace, ensuring ample parking, and expanding the setbacks.  The plans currently include 35 single-family townhomes down from the proposed 45; underground utilities; added greenspace in the form of an open lawn and seating garden area; the addition of 171 trees, up from 106 trees; additional sidewalks and front yard plantings along Westmoreland; and a brick-faced retaining wall along Maryland Ave. The site also includes a rain garden/bio-detention basin and various architectural enhancements.

“This project is both state-of-the-art and very environmentally friendly,” explains Korn. “We couldn’t be more excited as we move ahead.” This proposal, if approved, will mean an immediate injection of millions of dollars to Clayton schools and substantial tax revenue to the Clayton community for years to come. The project aims to replace The Maryland School, which is in a significant state of disrepair and has not been used as an active Clayton school in 30 years.

Now that the project studies (parking, storm water and traffic) are completed, the appropriate modifications have been made and questions have been addressed in the current proposal.  Members of the Maryland School Town Homes development team have been speaking with Clayton residents over the past week to update them on the new plans and answer any questions they may have about the project.

A complete review of the plans as well as images can be found at the project’s website at With these changes, the support of residents, business owners and city leaders has continued to grow.

For more information on the project’s benefits, see as well as the projects Facebook page at

Susan C. Ryan
SC Ryan Consulting, LLC
314-304-6800 phone
314-983-0998 fax