08/19/2011 - The Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen agreed at its Aug. 9 meeting to take a role in marketing the unoccupied Cenveo property at 10300 Watson Road by retaining an urban planner to gain proposals.
The property had been occupied by Color Art until early 2010.
PGAV Planners of St. Louis will receive $2,500 in exchange for drafting a request for proposals (RFP) for the property's redevelopment, vetting the draft with the city and delivering a final RFP to the city, which will in turn be responsible for its dissemination. PGAV will also produce a public notice that the city may use to solicit interest.
The city's business development committee, chaired by Alderman Stephen Webb, submitted the idea of contracting with PGAV to the board. Aldermen Frank Hardy and Tom Hrastich voted against the agreement with PGAV.
"I think $2,500 is a lot of money for just sending a letter," Hardy said.
Mayor Bill Nolan said the planning firm "will be doing more than just sending a letter," noting that PGAV will also be collecting data and researching the property.
Officials have not indicated what type of tenant or tenants they wish to draw to the property, but Webb said by getting involved in the redevelopment solicitation the city retains a hand in determining the future of the site that will diminish the longer it remains vacant.