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Town & Country celebrates Town Square groundbreaking with smiles, shovels and hard hats

By: Jessica Meszaros

Paul Wirth with [from left] Hank With and Town & County staff members, officials at the city’s Town Square groundbreaking on Dec. 16.               [City of Town & Country photo]

On Dec. 16, over 100 city officials and residents gathered near Mason Woods Shopping Center in the city of Town & County for the groundbreaking of the city’s official Town Square.

The event hearkened back to the property’s past and took the first physical step toward its future.

According to city Administrator Gary Hoelzer, the 8.8-acre Town Square property located off of Clayton Road is commonly referred to as the Wirth property due to the fact that the Wirth family had occupied the property since the Civil War. The property also served as the home of the Wirth Blacksmith Shop [1890] and as a gas and service station under the Wirth name until 2002. In 2014, Hank Wirth and his wife, Dorothy, sold the property to the city of Town & Country for its future Town Square.

Hank Wirth and his son, Paul, attended the groundbreaking on Dec. 16.

The road to the groundbreaking has been long, beginning with the establishment of the Town Square Task Force in 2015 and concluding with the Board of Aldermen’s unanimous approval of the Town Square site plan and Planned Development District in August 2017. Along the way were multiple agreements between the city and various entities, including  Chesterfield-based Brinkmann Constructors, who won the bid to develop the property.

The approved Town Square site development plan

In addition to amenities like a tunnel running under Clayton Road and an extended trail system, Town Square also will feature a lake and plenty of green space for community events. Town square also is set to become the home of the city’s “Discovery” statue that now sits at Longview Farm Park. Constructed in 2015, by artist Harry Weber, to celebrate the city’s 65th anniversary of incorporation, the statue features a realistic horse and dog. The Public Art Commission will relocate the statue to the Town Square upon the site’s completion.

Construction is set to be completed in about seven months if this winter’s weather remains favorable.

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