Groundbreaking held at Crestwood Plaza as demolition officially gets underway

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CRESTWOOD,  MO (KTVI)- On Tuesday afternoon the city of Crestwood held a groundbreaking to officially mark the start of demolition of the former Crestwood  Plaza shopping mall.  As an entrance of the old mall came tumbling down, the spirits of those watching were up as they look forward to what’s next at the site.

The city hosted a ground breaking ceremony and final walk through with officials, stakeholders, and the public to usher in a new era.

Mayor Gregg Roby says changing the landscape and revamping the city has always been his goal.

“A little over two years ago when I ran for this office, this was my primary goal… to make something happen where our community was bring dragged to the ground. It was a property long forgotten and needed to be revitalized."

The site will be turned into a multipurpose complex with entertainment, retail and apartments.

Crestwood Plaza was opened in 1957 and was the first regional mall of its kind in St. Louis. Demolition of the site will cost $15 million. The city says it will take about 18 months to get the new complex up and running.