Southern District of St.
ST. LOUIS – The South Grand Boulevard business district is begging for more law enforcement and better security as crime continues to flow through the area.
The district has been dealing with this problem for years. A central location for the crime is the Schnucks on Grand South Boulevard. County leaders have said they are working to create solutions.
“Most of the complaints I get on that front are people going to Schnucks getting tall cans of alcohol, going out, drinking, going back to get another and doing that all day long,” said Megan Green, Alderwoman of the 15th- of to Ward. “At the end of the day, it starts to get noisy.”
Green and others from the district sent a letter to Schnucks On Thursday, proposing a settlement where Schnucks would pay $15,000 to help make the area a Community Improvement District, where “area businesses pool tax revenue to fund maintenance, beautification, security and more, of the South Grand area is the best way forward.”
The store told 5 On Your Side it is already taking steps, such as installing additional fencing on its sidewalks and expanding resources with Behavioral Health Response.
“We really need Schnucks to come to the table,” Green said.
Area business owners told 5 On Your Side they’ve seen knife fights, aggressive panhandling and trash piled up through their windows.
One restaurant owner said the need for change in the area is overdue.
“It’s been a long year,” said Mohamad Abdulkadir, owner of Waaberi restaurant on Grand South Boulevard.
He has another full-time workload on his hands.
“I’ve seen people get stabbed, some people get knocked down, old people get punched,” he said.
He is one of many in the South Grand Boulevard business district with a front-row seat to the stabbings, stabbings, drug use and trash outside his front door.
He said it’s an exhausting situation with few clear solutions.
“Anyone who says more police is not the answer is just lying,” he said.
As much as Abdulkadir has seen, he said the thought of it all is simply boring. He said it is more than any human eye should.
Alderwoman Green said that if Schnucks doesn’t want to pay to be part of the community improvement district, they have other suggestions for ways the store can contribute to a safer and cleaner South Grand neighborhood.