St. Ann, Missouri
|City of St. Ann|
Street entering St. Ann, Missouri, July 2016
Location of St. Ann, Missouri
|• Mayor||Michael George Corcoran|
|• Total||3.18 sq mi (8.24 km2)|
|• Land||3.18 sq mi (8.24 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
||594 ft (181 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Density||4,100/sq mi (1,600/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0756629|
|Website||City of St. Ann official website|
The city was established in 1948 but began to develop six years before it was granted the petition of incorporation. Charles F. Vatterott, the developer and builder of most of the residential and commercial properties in St. Ann, started the community as a housing project for families of workers employed in nearby defense plants. It was one of the few defense housing projects in the country to develop into a permanent town. The original homesite was dedicated in honor of Saint Ann, the mother of the Virgin Mary.
The St. Ann Police Department (SAPD) is responsible for law enforcement within the city. It is staffed with forty sworn full-time officers. The department has an active reserve program that contributes another dozen fully certified police officer to the force. The SAPD has a Special Response Team (SRT), a K-9 Unit, a Detective Bureau, School Resource Officers, and a DARE Officer. The Department maintains a Neighborhood Watch Program that meets monthly. St. Ann's dispatch center is responsible for dispatching units for St. Ann and the neighboring city of Edmundson. St. Ann also holds prisoners for Edmundson. The SAPD operates out of the St. Ann City Hall, located at 10405 St. Charles Rock Road, which also houses the city's municipal court and jail. The SAPD uses marked and unmarked Dodge Charger and Ford Police Utility vehicles.
The chief is Aaron Jimenez, who was elected Chief of Police and Marshal Collector of the City of St. Ann in the 2013 municipal election. St. Ann is one of only a handful of St. Louis area municipalities which elects its police chief.
Northwest Plaza, the largest enclosed shopping mall in Missouri, was located in St. Ann. However, the mall was closed in October 2010. At its peak, the mall contained 9 anchor stores and 210 smaller stores. Northwest Plaza was mostly demolished in 2013 to make way for the Crossings at Northwest a mixed-use retail and office project. Menard's Home Improvement Stores opened a 150,000SF store in August 2015, their 4th store in the St. Louis Metro Area at the Crossings. Charter Communications leased 135,000SF of an old Macy's Department Store and renovated it into a call center that will employ over a 1,000 employees.