Time Line of City's Actions against the Crossroad Shopping Center
3801 Nameoki Road
Submitted by Fed Up Citizen on October 12, 2017
ORIGINAL ORDINANCE VIOLATION CITED BY STEVE WILLAREDT ON BEHALF OF
GRANITE CITY ON DECEMBER 28, 2012 -
FILED WITH THE  3rd JUDICIAL COURT OF MADISON COUNTY ON JANUARY 2, 2013
The above happened almost 5 YEARS AGO

There is nothing on record in the Madison County, IL court records department
regarding any of these actions that occurred in 2012-2013, nor the original
citations in 2011.

If Michelle Wu is appearing before a Granite City Court, why no more action until
NOVEMBER 14, 2016?  What important date is coming around the first of April?

Suddenly litigation begins again around this time?

Three new citations are issued against Crossroads Center LLC
and filed at the Madison County Courthouse, but in almost one year, nothing
but continuances and rescheduling have occured in the Granite City Court
all signed off by Madison County Associate Judges sitting in the Granite City
City Hall Courts.
2016

11/04/2016

Ordinance Violation 01 Count 001 PREMISE ENDANGERING PUBLIC HLT

Nov 03,2016 Defendant CROSSROADS CENTER LLC

Statute 9109000 Class 9 Orig.

Agency: GRANITE CITY, CITY OF CITY Ticket#: 400785

11/04/2016

Bond Type SUMMONS/NOTICE TO APPEAR Defendant CROSSROADS CENTER LLC

Appearance (Granite) Dec 15,2016 09:00AM Rm 6B CANCELED

11/09/2016

APPEARANCE SENT TO Defendant CROSSROADS CENTER LLC

Document TRAPPLTG.DOC Was Printed

Appearance (Granite) Dec 15,2016 09:00AM Rm 6B Judge GC TR JUDGE

12/15/2016

Order/DPNG WAIVES RIGHT TO JURY TRIAL S/SLEMER (SCN 16OV400785) (Associate Judge Ronald Slemer)

12/19/2016

Non-Jury Trial
TRG NJ DOCKET (Granite)nJan 12,2017 01:00PM Rm 6B Judge GC TR JUDGE

12/27/2016

Entry of Appearance (IMGD 12/27/16) FILED BY Atty WATERS ROBERT G

2017

01/12/2017

Order/CMD RESET 60 DAYS S/SLEMER (SCN 16OV400785) (Associate Judge Ronald Slemer)

01/18/2017

Non-Jury Trial
TRG NJ DOCKET Mar 09,2017 01:00PM Rm 6B Judge GC TR JUDGE

03/09/2017

CONTINUED MOTION OF DEFENDANT- RESET NAD (IMGD 16OV400875)
SIGNED BY
JUDGE SLEMER RONALD

03/14/2017

Non-Jury Trial

CONTINUED MOTION OF DEFENDANT- RESET NAD SIGNED BY JUDGE
SLEMER
RONALD Atty WATERS ROBERT G

04/17/2017

Non-Jury Trial

TRG NJ DOCKET May 11,2017 01:00PM Rm 6B Judge GC TR JUDGE

05/11/2017

Order/CMD RESET 90 DAYS S/SLEMER (SCN 16OV400785) (Rest by Associate Judge
Ronald Slemer
)

05/11/2017

TO BE SET (NJ) NEED TO SET AFTER Aug 01,2017

06/09/2017

Non-Jury Trial

TRG NJ DOCKET Aug 10,2017 01:00PM Rm 6B Judge GC TR JUDGE

08/10/2017

Order: CMD RESET NAD. S/SLEMER (IMAGED ON 16-OV-400785) Reset by Judge Ronald Slemer

08/10/2017

Non-Jury Trial

TRG NJ DOCKET Sep 14,2017 01:00PM Rm 6B Judge GC TR JUDGE

09/14/2017

CONTINUED BY AGREEMENT, RESET NAD. S/SMITH

09/14/2017

Non-Jury Trial

TRG NJ DOCKET Oct 19,2017 01:00PM Rm 6B Judge GC TR JUDGE

Will we get another continuance?  Will we get action?  
WILL JUDGE RONALD SLEMER BE ON THE BENCH?

In this same action are two additional counts -
Debris on property and Internt Property Maintenace

The time line and docket information is the same for these two counts
as the first count.

5 YEARS IS TOO LONG TO LET THIS PROPERTY OWNER GET BY WITH
CREATING THE BIGGEST SLUM LORD FIASCO IN OUR CITY!!!!!
Granite City shopping center owners promise to improve conditions -
St. Louis Today, May 1, 2013

Granite City officials are hoping that owners of the Crossroads Center at 3801 Nameoki Road are showing a new
willingness to fix maintenance problems that long have been an issue in the center.

Michelle Wu, manager of GM Crossroads Center LLC of western St. Louis County, Mo., the center's owners,
acknowledged there had been problems. She said the company wants to fix them.

"The property is not in really good shape right now," Wu said. She said the owners are trying to make
improvements and are in the process of getting financing.

Granite City Building and Zoning Administrator Steve Willaredt cited the center's owners for property
maintenance code violations on Dec. 28, 2012. In the citation issued for violating a city ordinance, Willaredt
claimed the parking lot had potholes in the pavement and that the roof was leaking.

Willaredt's complaint said that soffit and facia were loose or missing, that brick facade had pulled away and that
the lights in the parking lot were substandard. He said since he issued the complaint,
Wu has made appearances
before an associate judge in Madison County
Circuit Court in Granite City. Since she seemed to be making
progress, she was given more time, he said.

The company fixed part of the roof, and the parking lot lighting will be changed at a cost of about $100,000, Wu
said.

Wu said she didn't want to say anything more until improvements are made.  The strip center has ten stores and
six empty storefronts. The stores are the Salvation Army Family Store, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Big Lots,
National Rent to Own, Subway, Pizza Hut, Game Busters, No. 1 Nails and Kyle's Trophies.

The company could be fined of up to $750 a day, Willaredt said, if repairs aren't made. But as long as the
company cooperates, he's willing to work with it, he said.

"My  main goal in this whole thing is to get the shopping center up to what it should be and get it viable so they
can get businesses in," Willaredt said.

Willaredt said he thinks the case will be heard again around May 15. He hasn't received notice of a new time, he
said.

There have been issues with to shopping center for the last three years, Willaredt said. But he hopes the
company has been more cooperative since Wu took over as its representative this year, he said.

The city issued three citations against the firm in 2011 dealing with trash, broken glass and property
maintenance, Willaredt said. As the time, the company corrected the problems, and the  

Meanwhile, two of the tenants in the shopping center said they were satisfied with what the owners have been
doing.

Kyle Claxton of Kyle's Trophies said he didn't know of any major problems. "For the most part, it's all been fine,"
he said. "Sometimes a light goes out. They fixed those around Christmas."

Charlene Watson, manager at the Dollar Store, said things have improved at the shopping center since Wu
became manager. "Everything's been handled quickly," she said. When there is a need of repairs, Wu sends
someone out quickly.

Granite City Mayor Ed Hagnauer said the city has been concerned that tenants might leave the center if
problems aren't fixed.