Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The New Moon Room on the rooftop of the Moonrise opens in April.
A canopy of solar cells provides the power for St. Louis’ newest special event space. Overlooking the Delmar Loop neighborhood, the all-season New Moon Room will debut on the rooftop of the Moonrise Hotel in April 2013. In an unusual twist, the roof’s 107 glass solar panels also act as a 2,100-square-foot ceiling for the New Moon Room. The frameless modules allow sunlight to filter through to guests in the special event space while providing enough energy – 33,000 kWh – to power all the needs of the new facility. Microgrid Solar installed the glass solar panels, according to the St. Louis Business Journal. Owner Joe Edwards told the Business Journal it cost about $100,000 for the solar panels. The glass-walled New Moon Room is designed…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The former Washington University chancellor and head of the Danforth Plant Science Center will be honored Tuesday.
Dr. William H. Danforth has been named the recipient of this year's St. Louis award. The St. Louis Award honor is presented to the “resident of metropolitan St. Louis who, during the preceding year, has contributed the most outstanding service for its development.” According to the St. Louis Beacon, Danforth will receive the award because of his "long-standing commitment to the St. Louis area, particularly for his role in establishing the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center." He is the center's board chairman. Danforth retired from his position as chancellor of Washington University in 1995. Danforth is the 85th recipient of the award, the Beacon reports, since the award began in 1931 by the late David P. Wohl. Commerce Bank's David W. …
Friday, December 7, 2012
The whimsical bike racks are positioned throughout the Delmar Loop
New bike rack sculptures are lining the sidewalks of the Delmar Loop. Joe Edwards, owner of Blueberry Hill, headed the committee that helped design and install 14 new colorful bicycle racks. Engraphix, a local St. Louis firm, fabricated and installed the painted steel stands. “With the creation of new bicycle and pedestrian paths by Great Rivers Greenway, more people are riding their bikes to The Loop," Edwards said. "It just made good sense to provide additional racks and have them be colorful and artistically fun. They add a whimsical 'Loopish' touch to the area. It’s like having 14 new street sculptures!" The new bike racks include:
Monday, October 1, 2012
Trustees for the Missouri History Museum have withdrawn a pledge for a $1million donation to the trolley.
The Loop Trolley needs $1 million more to reach its fundraising goal after the Missouri History Museum withdrew a $1 million pledge late last week to help fund the line. The Loop Trolley received $25 million in federal funding in September to construct the trolley line from the Delmar Loop to Forest Park. Construction on the project was slated to begin later this year. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the History Museum trustees initially approved the donation even though the museum and the nonprofit Loop Trolley Co. are both headed by Robert Archibald. A joint statement issued by Archibald and Ray Stranghoener, chair of the museum's board of trustees on Friday read, in part, that the "museum decided to re-consider its pledge …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Prizes were awarded Saturday night at the iconic restaurant's 40th anniversary bash.
Blueberry Hill celebrated 40 years in the Delmar Loop Saturday, Sept. 8, with a bash that celebrated its history and looked to the future. Film clips of opening night were shown while guests in the Duck Room party were asked to write notes for a time capsule to be opened on Blueberry Hill's 50th anniversary in 2022. In the 40 days before the 40th anniversary, the restaurant and bar held several different contests. The winners are listed below. Best video of "Blueberry Hill" contest See the entries: http://www.facebook.com/BlueberryHill.StL/app_3801015922 Be a celebrity for a year! Contestants took a picture with Joe Edwards and posted it on Blueberry Hill's Facebook page. One picture, chosen by Blueberry Hill employees, was framed. It …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The letter outlines the city's support for the project, which received $25 million in federal grant money last week.
The City of University City City Council approved a letter of support Monday for the Loop Trolley project. The letter, addressed to TDD Chairman Joe Edwards, reads as follows: The City of University City endorsed the concept of a fixed-track trolley line on Delmar Boulevard in March 2002 and authorized the City’s participation in the creation of a transportation development district. The Loop Trolley Transportation District was created in July 2008 and established a 1% retail sales tax and has received funding from the Federal Transit Administration’s Urban Circulator Grant program to fund the entire Loop Trolley project. The City of University City has reviewed the conceptual layout plans as submitted by the Loop Trolley Transportation …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
The iconic restaurant in the heart of the Delmar Loop celebrates its 40th anniversary tonight.
Blueberry Hill, in the heart of the Delmar Loop, will celebrat its 40th Anniversary tonight at the restaurant. 40 days of contests, specials and events will culminate in a party not to be missed. The celebration kicks into gear at 8 p.m. and includes: Joe Edwards, owner of Blueberry Hill, shared his memories of 40 years in the Loop with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Read his account of Sept. 8, 1972, by clicking here. Previous events held in the countdown to 40 include: What is your favorite Blueberry Hill memory? Tell us in the comments.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Cameras are placed around the Loop area.
The surveillance camera system for the Delmar Loop is now operational. Blueberry Hill owner Joe Edwards told Loop Special Business District members Tuesday that cameras were up and the resolution was good. "They can zoom in enough to read a license plate," he said when discussing the zoom capability of the cameras. The cameras are attached to buildings and provide University City Police with a view of the street and public parking lots. While the cameras had been in the works for years, business owners really pushed for them after a particularly disruptive weekend last April in the Loop, which involved hundreds of unruly young people. Under the original budget several cameras were placed around the area. University City's Director of …
Friday, August 10, 2012
Star of "Sabrina" and "Network" was born in O'Fallon, IL.
Oscar-winning actor and O'Fallon, IL. native William Holden joined a prestigious group of celebrities Thursday when his star was added to the St. Louis Walk of Fame. The St. Louis Walk of Fame is located on Delmar sidewalks in the Loop. Plaques of famous St. Louisians in politics, entertainment, science and sports are displayed. Holden was an Oscar winning actor, known for his roles in Sunset Blvd, Sabrina, Stalag 17 and Network. A complete filmography can be found here. Brian Keller, president of the O’Fallon Historical Society, accepted the award. Holden moved to Hollywood at age 3, but came back to O'Fallon often to visit family in the area. Keller noted that Holden was the best man at former President Ronald Reagan's wedding to Nancy …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Mayor Shelley Welsch asked the council to think about how it wanted to proceed with the project.
The University City City Council heard from the Loop Trolley Company Monday, getting its first chance to formally question the planners as a council. The special council meeting was called specifically for the trolley update. Doug Campion, project manager for the Loop Trolley Company, updated the Council on the current state of the plan before opening the floor to questions from the council and the public. Not much has changed since the last presentation of the plan, except that the track configuration has changed to go to single track from Kingsland to Mehlville. Campion said the change to the 2.2 mile fixed track route was made after hearing input from the public. He also noted the width of the road shrinks at that intersection. Campion …