Ridgewood Subdivision in Crestwood under review for designation as a historic district

Ridgewood Subdivision in Crestwood under review for designation as a historic district

By Lucas Irizarry, For The Calll

A subdivision in Crestwood was the subject of discussion Sept. 27 as the Board of Aldermen explored options for a historic designation.

The subdivision in question, Ridgewood, was highlighted by Ward 1 Alderman Jim Zavist for the mid-century modern style architecture of its homes. He said there are people outside of the city looking to add a historic designation to the area, so his idea was to add a “lighter touch” to protect the form of the homes.

According to city code, protecting architectural features is allowed and provisions for a specific subdivision could be added.

Mayor Grant Mabie said he wasn’t sure if adding a zoning overlay or district would be advisable in a residential area since he didn’t want to impede on construction. He said most of the city is developed, so new construction going forward would be on already existing houses or through demolition.

Aldermen overall were in favor of doing something to protect the architectural style. Ward 2 Alderman Mike Balles said the style is popular right now and has a following across stores and media, so it would be prudent to preserve the style in the city.

Zavist will work through City Planner Danny Jendusa to create some sort of historic district. The city will use cities like Kirkwood to inspire ideas going forward — Crestwood currently has no similar historic preservations.