Crestwood Court Exterior
|Address||109 Crestwood Plaza
Crestwood, MO 63126
|Opening date||March 21, 1957|
|Closing date||July 11, 2013|
|Developer||Milton Zorensky and Louis Zorensky|
|No. of stores and services||0 (space for 157)|
|No. of anchor tenants||0 (space for 3)|
|Total retail floor area||1,034,494 square feet (96,000 m2) (GLA)|
|No. of floors||1 (2-3 in anchors)|
Crestwood Court, formerly known as Crestwood Plaza and Westfield Crestwood, was an enclosed shopping mall in Crestwood, Missouri. Opened in 1957, it was the first major mall in the St. Louis area, and one of the first to have more than one department store. The mall previously included Macy's, Dillard's and Sears as anchor stores, all three of which are now vacant, resulting in a "dead mall".
Crestwood Plaza was the first regional mall in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Local retail developer Louis Zorensky developed the mall in 1957. Its original anchor stores included local department store Scruggs-Vandervoort-Barney (later Famous-Barr, then Macy's) and Sears, making one of the first major malls to have more than one anchor store, and the first to utilize a split-level parking lot to allow direct access to both floors of the anchors. Zorensky later developed a second St. Louis mall, Northwest Plaza, which opened in 1963. In 1967, Crestwood was expanded, adding Stix Baer & Fuller (later Dillard's) as a third anchor.
The mall was the subject of a 1975 lawsuit related to a Kroger supermarket that formerly operated within it. The suit was filed after Kroger moved to a new store across the street in 1972 and subleased its space in the mall to Tipton Electronics. Mall owners wanted to terminate the lease with Kroger, but Kroger wanted to maintain the sub-lease. The suit ruled in Kroger's favor.
Westfield Group purchased Crestwood Plaza in 1998 and renamed it Westfield Shoppingtown Crestwood. The company sold two other St. Louis-area malls to CBL & Associates Properties in 2007, but did not include Crestwood in the sale. It had previously attempted to sell the mall to Somera Capital Management in 2006, but the deal was not completed. The mall was ultimately sold to Centrum Properties and renamed Crestwood Court. Also in 2007, Dillard's closed its store in the mall due to decreased sales. Famous-Barr had also announced plans to relocate to a new outdoor mall in Sunset Hills, but remained at Crestwood after the Sunset Hills development was canceled. The Crestwood store closed as a Macy's in 2009, leaving Sears as the only anchor.
The loss of anchor stores has resulted in increasing vacancies throughout Crestwood Court. Although Centrum initially planned to redevelop the center as a lifestyle center, it has filled more than half of the mall with art-oriented tenants, such as art galleries and dance studios. Sears closed in April 2012 due to declining sales. As of late 2012, the only remaining tenant was a LensCrafters. The mall concourses were officially closed off on July 11, 2013, leaving only LensCrafters, which has an exterior entrance. On September 16, 2013, LensCrafters closed, leaving the mall completely vacant.
In Summer 2013, proposed redevelopment hit a snag when the Crestwood board of aldermen refused to take the bid from the redeveloper, and the project was considered abandoned. As far as the property is concerned, it is now completely vacant. In April 2014 Urban Street paid $3.6 million for the Crestwood Court during an online auction. For comparison, the previous owner Centrum Properties paid $17.5 million when it purchased the 47 acre property in 2008. Centrum’s redevelopment plans were stopped when Crestwood aldermen refused to offer public tax incentives for the project. Urban Street plans currently involve a mixed-use of retail and residential use. Crestwood's companion "Dead Mall" in St. Louis, the old Northwest Plaza in St. Ann, has been undergoing redevelopment for the last two years with a 200,000+ SF Menard's Home Improvement Center scheduled to open in the Spring of 2015. Unlike, the City of Crestwood, the City of St. Ann partnered with Raven Development, a local development company, and provided Tax Increment Financing, to assist in the redevelopment project.
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