Mayor applauds Sunset Hills’ ‘prosperity’ with $100 million in development


By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

Sunset Hills has about $100 million being invested in the city due to various new projects, Mayor Pat Fribis said at the Feb. 11 Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen meeting.

Fribis, who attended the Crestwood-Sunset Hills Area Chamber of Commerce Gala Feb. 8, said that the city is “very lucky that we have a lot of new businesses coming into Sunset Hills” and as an example of the city’s prosperity, praised A.J. Borzillo Inc.’s renovation of the former Gianino’s restaurant on South Lindbergh Boulevard into two new businesses. A.J. Borzillo received the chamber’s 2019 Community Improvement Award for the renovation.

As further examples of success, the mayor also touted two new hotel projects, HR Sheevam’s project replacing the Days Inn with a Comfort Suites and the separate renovation of the Hampton Inn on South Kirkwood Road into a La Quinta.

“We hardly have any storefronts that are empty… so we are very blessed,” said Fribis. “We have, with projects going on in the city, about $100 (million) being invested in our community.”

On a related note, the mayor also announced that Sunset Hills had been granted two medical marijuana dispensary locations — one on Watson Road in the Treppler Autobody building and the other on Lindbergh Boulevard at the still-unbuilt new Jimmy John’s drive-thru.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect the correct amount of development dollars in Sunset Hills, $100 million, rather than the lower number originally included.