One seems to be a go, the other has been stopped for now.
Last night the Crestwood board of aldermen voted 4-2 to allow TIF funds to a developer wanting to put a Walmart on Watson Road where a long abandoned movie theater sits. Like TIF or not, like Walmart or not, I know this corner and it drags the whole area down, there is no evidence someone was going to waltz in and be an economic savior. Walmart will add energy and money to the city's coffers and locals will come in droves.
The Central West End plan for a Whole Foods and condos has hit a stalemate because local union United Food & Commercial Workers Local 655 is demanding a neutrality agreement in which employers refrain from opposing employee union organizing efforts. No Whole Foods store is unionized and the company spokesman said they would not be signing any neutrality agreement nor would they go to any meetings about it. Before this blip neighbors were excited and work was about to begin in February. Now maybe April maybe later. One problem with this particular union is having is they may have angered other unions which would be doing the construction on this project.