University City considering development on 5.64-acre site at Olive and Kingsland

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Opus Development Company, L.L.C. has submitted a proposal to University City Department of Community Development to construct an approximately 76,750-square-foot warehouse, retail showroom and office for Crescent Plumbing Supply Company (CPSC). The 5.64-acre site is on the corner of Olive Blvd. and Kingsland Ave. (6610 Olive, 6662 Olive and 950 Kingsland).

CPSC has been located at 640 Rosedale, just east of Skinker Blvd., since 1955. In addition to an optimized warehouse and office spaces, the new building will feature a state-of-the-art retail showroom with an attractive glass entry and storefront.

If approved, CPSC will move approximately 30 employees from the Rosedale Ave. location to the new facility in mid-2023. In addition to increasing University City’s tax base and enhancing the neighborhood’s economic vitality, the modern building design and landscaping will also elevate and enrich the neighborhood, potentially stimulating additional new development.

The first step of the approval process is consideration by the City’s Plan Commission, which includes a public hearing and notifications to surrounding property owners. If approved by the Plan Commission, the proposal would be presented for approval to the City Council.

The Plan Commission agenda and packet will be available to the public on March 21 and the University City Plan Commission will consider the proposed development at its regularly scheduled meeting, 6:30 p.m., March 23, which will be a Zoom meeting. Details will be posted on the City’s calendar at www.ucitymo.org/calendar.

“We are pleased that Crescent Plumbing Supply Company is interested in University City for a new location,” said City Manager Gregory Rose. “The new warehouse, retail showroom and office facility would enhance this underutilized intersection and be a great resource for homeowners and commercial customers. We encourage University City residents to be engaged in this review process.”

CPSC has outgrown its existing building, which has become functionally obsolete given its age and the increased demand for products. The company’s new location will help increase efficiency, innovate operations and enable growth.

“Founded in 1905 by our great grandfather, we are a fourth-generation family-owned business,” said Joe Rotskoff, CEO of CPSC. “For more than a century, we have been based in St. Louis and have deep roots here. Moving to this new location in University City will be transformative for us. It will provide opportunities to modernize and potentially expand our business, allowing us to support the community in exciting new ways.”

About University City:  University City was incorporated on September 4, 1906 by founder Edward Gardner Lewis, as a city of learning, culture and beautiful neighborhoods.  This diverse community of about 34,000 residents provides welcoming neighborhoods, thriving business districts, and is a great place to live, learn, work and be entertained. More information is available at www.ucitymo.org.

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