Citadel Center Subdivision
The boundaries of the Citadel neighborhood are 59th Terrace” Street on the north, 61st Terrace’" Street on the south, Brooklyn on the east and Blue Hills Road on the west. The Citadel Center neighborhood is set within the boundaries of the Blue Hills neighborhood.
Residents chose the following slogan to represent the uniqueness of where they live.
The selected slogan: Citadel: Center City Jewel
Other suggested slogans like,
Oasis in the City
Bounded by Boulevards
The history of the Citadel neighborhood is one of distinction. It is the home of Daniel Boone’s Family Cemetery, and the land that the Citadel housing development now sits on was once the Elm Ridge Race Track and Club House. The grand opening of the horseracing rock was on April 28, 1904. The track operated only two years, because the spot was outlawed by the state of Missouri. In 1912 the tract of land was purchased by the Blue Hills Country Club. The golf course opened officially in June 1912 as part of an exclusive recreational resort and operated until the early 1970‘s. When the owners relocated, the land became a wilderness.
During the l980’s, the Citadel area went through a renaissance. Developers known as The Bushman Group purchased the land and built the Citadel office building, an adjacent parking lot, the Citadel Apartments and the Blue Hills Apartments. In the early 1980’s the sub-division presently known as the Citadel Center Homes went underway.
This area today has 200 homes built and vacant lots available for more growth. Within the next few months The Citadel Woodlands Senior complex opened its doors.
Residents of the Citadel describe their neighborhood as a quiet place, and good neighbors surround them. They celebrate a variety of assets in their community, including living in close proximity to the Metro Police Station, Fire station #29, Research Hospital and Baptist Medical, the churches within the community, and the
dedicated residents who work to maintain the quality of life in the neighborhood.
My Neighborhood Is
Workshop participants identified how they experience their neighborhood, and con- sidered those things they want to project, preserve or enhance. They tThought about the landmarks, paths, activity centers, districts, edges or barriers, and features. These were noted on a wall map.
Describing My Neighborhood
Neighborhood type: Conservation
Our neighborhood has been developed for some time. Established businesses and institutions are located in the neighborhood. Places of worship, schools, recreational and entertainment facilities, and businesses provide many opportunities near our community.
Tree-lined streets, historic structures or qualities, public art and/or other amenities characterize the neighborhood and give it a sense of calm
It appears that both public and private areas are well-maintained, although a house or business periodically falls into disrepair from a lack of routine maintenance (pointing, yard upkeep, awning repair, etc.). Some infrastructure repairs may be needed to keep the neighborhood attractive. Generally the problems that do come up
can be addressed by our neighborhood association, by a call to the City, or through neighbors getting together to help one another.
Making My Neighborhood Better
Neighbors talked about specific actions their community can take to address the is- sues and challenges identified earlier in the Assessment. They brainstormed ideas, concentrating on those actions that can be performed by the community to improve the neighborhood. Below is a list of all the ideas mentioned by workshop participants. They voted on the ideas that they most want implemented to make their neighborhood better.