Information about Plan

Advisory Committee Partners with St. Louis County
to Look at Commercial Improvement

As many know, commercial development along Bellefontaine Road in Spanish Lake is concentrated around the Sierra Vista Plaza at I-270 and Belle Parke Plaza at Parker Road. Many have probably also noticed that while there has been some new construction and investment, there are numerous vacant lots, available retail space and areas of disrepair that can discourage patrons and detract from additional investment.

The St. Louis County Department of Planning is collaborating with an Advisory Committee to develop the Spanish Lake Bellefontaine Road Commercial Improvement Plan. In 1999, the Spanish Lake Community Area Study recommended further study of commercial activity throughout Spanish Lake and specifically along Bellefontaine. Intended as a reference and guide for future improvements, the Spanish Lake Bellefontaine Road Commercial Improvement Plan will outline strategies for future reinvestment and improvements to commercial properties in focus areas of Spanish Lake.

Currently, the Planning Department is collecting information about existing conditions and will look at best practices. The Plan aims to reflect the needs and concerns of the community. A group of 12 business owners and residents will serve on a Business Advisory Committee to represent community interests over the next few months as the plan is developed. The plan will also include a summary of a survey distributed to business owners and managers and will incorporate feedback from a community-wide design workshop.

The Plan will include data analysis, public input, and best practices research to support recommendations for a five-year action plan and to assess the feasibility of funding strategies. For more information or questions, please contact St. Louis County planner, Lori Fiegel at lfiegel@stlouisco.com or at (314) 615-5413.