Judge recused from Crestwood Mall lawsuit


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The former Crestwood Plaza property Feb. 18.

By Erin Achenbach, News Editor

The judge assigned to hear the lawsuit between the St. Louis County NAACP and Crestwood over the Crestwood Crossing development has recused themselves. 

According to a June 6 docket entry on Casenet — the state’s online court filing system — the judge originally assigned to the case recused themselves, and a new judge was assigned June 8. 

The NAACP is suing Crestwood for the use of tax incentives to redevelop the former Crestwood Mall property into “Crestwood Crossing,” a mixed-used development. The lawsuit, which was filed in April, claims the city did not hold public hearings on the incentives in violation of state law and that the incentives can be used to address food deserts in other areas of the county. 

On Casenet, one of the attorneys representing Crestwood, JoAnn Sandifer, filed a motion to dismiss the case June 10. There have been no further docket entries since June 10. 

In a June 16 email, City Administrator Kris Simpson said not much has happened with the case but he expects the city to have its briefs filed in the coming days.