Update 2:00 p.m. Tuesday--
According to comments from Patch readers and confirmed by Patch this afternoon, Ray's Donuts, in Olivette is the bakery tenant headed for the Shoppes at Westgate if the 4 acre minimum is reduced.
A call to the bakery revealed a plan to open August 1 in Creve Coeur. Stanley Wallach, the attorney for the Shoppes at Westgate, was unavailable for comment Tuesday.
In a 5-0 vote Monday, the Creve Coeur Planning and Zoning Commission decided to allow properties zoned "MX" to house commercial bakeries on less than 4 acres.
The decision followed a brief public hearing, which included testimony from Stanley Wallach, counsel for the Shoppes at Westgate. The center's owner previously sought another text amendment to expand available uses to include more food and drinking establishments. Wallach told commissioners that the center's owners believe a donut shop would "be a great fit," especially considering the parking traffic brought to the area in the morning would not coincide with the other restaurants in the center, including a and
The move to allow bakeries on less than 4 acres (the Shoppes at Westgate is just over 2 acres) in "MX" areas was supported by a city staff analysis which said, "retail bakeries offer a service to neighborhoods at alternate times than other retail and eating and drinking establishments. Therefore, the limit of retail bakeries to sites of four or more acres is unnecessary and outdated," according to a report.
After the hearing, Wallach told Patch there was a "high likelihood" that a bakery would locate in the center if the text amendment passes City Council muster. He did not disclose a specific bakery tenant.