Florissant MO

Fleurissant Parc Place Building in Florissant is Now Being Used as Training Site for First Responders

A Florissant real estate development at 1475 Carla Drive that has been in limbo for eight years has found a vibrant new use as a training site for first responders.

Members of the Florissant Fire Protection District, Black Jack Fire Protection District and Florissant Police Department are using the formerly derelict structure that was part of the Fleurissant Parc Place development to train first responders for real-life situations.

Greg Raftery, secretary to the president of the International Painters and Allied Trades Union, has coordinated with Florissant resident and community supporter Rick Phillips of All-American Painting Contractors to provide union painters.  They will be spray painting more than 200 gallons of paint on the exterior of the three-story complex.

Steve Goldenberg and Milton Goldenberg of Golden Management, owners of the property, have generously agreed to allow the use of the building to first responders and also are donating the paint.  Appropriate signage to identify the purpose of the site also is being donated.

Senator Emeritus Tim Green, governmental affairs director of the Electrical Connection for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1, is securing high-lift platforms.  KB Electric Company, another community supporter from Florissant, is supplying and installing security lighting for the building.  Chuck Barcom, owner of Meridian Waste Management, is donating use of a construction dumpster for use by workers.

Use of the building by first responders has enabled the City of Florissant to solve a problem that has been a source of annoyance for years both for City administrators and for residents in nearby homes and apartments.

While the three-story building is structurally sound, the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District and Black Jack Fire Protection District are at work removing windows and doors and replacing them with painted plywood to protect the building from the weather and unauthorized personnel.  They also are cleaning out the inside of the structure.  Even with the unsightly look of the building, it has remained structurally solid and the interior has remained in good shape.

“We are delighted that Golden Management has generously agreed to allow first responders to use this location as their First Responders Training Center,” said Florissant Mayor Thomas P. Schneider.  “The use of this building by first responders from the Florissant Fire Protection District, Black Jack Fire Protection District and Florissant Police Department is an excellent and very important utilization for the facility.  It also contributes to the safety of our residents and those throughout North County.”

fire-training-peepsMayor Schneider would like to thank Florissant Economic Development Director Bob Russell for coordinating all aspects of this project with the first responders, generous sponsors, union trade workers and companies in finding a valuable use for this dormant structure.

Founded in 1786, Florissant is the largest city in St. Louis County, with a population of more than 52,000 residents. 

U-Haul to Remove Blight of Abandoned Auto Dealership for New Facility in Florissant


U-Haul LogoU-Haul will soon begin construction on a three-story, 79,330-square-foot facility to serve the do-it-yourself mover and self-storage customer northwest of St. Louis.

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Florissant II at 1350 N. Lindbergh Blvd. will be operated remotely by U-Haul Moving & Storage of Florissant, located one-eighth of a mile east of the acquired site. A building erected in the 1960s that once housed a prominent auto dealership occupies the site, but it has been condemned and will soon be leveled after sitting vacant for more than eight years.

“U-Haul is happy to provide the Florissant community relief from a property that had become such an eyesore,” said Mike White, U-Haul Company of Missouri Northeast president. “When we’re finished, this neighborhood won’t have to worry about blight from a condemned building. There will be a beautiful self-storage facility in its place.”

When construction at the 3.63-acre property is done, the facility will include a U-Box warehouse in addition to indoor, climate-controlled self-storage with state-of-the-art security features. It will offer 24-hour accessibility for customer convenience.

“We only have 10 self-storage units at our current Florissant location,” White said. “Having this additional facility is going to provide a much-needed service. The members of this community are really excited for us to open. We have a ‘coming soon’ sign out and residents are already coming by to ask when we will start offering self-storage. Everyone is on board with what we’re doing.”

U-Haul is a proud sponsor of the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day. The Company is honoring Pearl Harbor survivors and World War II veterans by supporting the events in Oahu commemorating the Dec. 7, 1941 attack. Founded by a WWII Navy veteran and his wife, U-Haul makes veterans a focus of its charitable works and has been recognized repeatedly as one of the top veteran-friendly U.S. employers. Any Pearl Harbor survivors affiliated with U-Haul Team Members or neighborhood dealers are encouraged to contact U-Haul at publicrelations@uhaul.com.