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Last St. Louis area drive-in theater up for sale, may be redeveloped


   The last remaining drive-in movie theater in metropolitan St. Louis has gone on the sale block. The Skyview Drive-In in Belleville, owned and operated by Bloomer Amusement Co., has been listed for sale with Swansea-based BARBERMurphy Group.
   The entire property encompasses 17.5 acres and includes the drive-in theater, which is still operating, and the former Quad Cinema, an indoor theater that is closed and vacant. The owner is open to selling all or part of the acreage, according to Steve Bloomer, company president.
   At one time there were more than

. Buyers are being sought to redevelop the Skyview Drive-in theater in Belleville. The theater opened in Belleville in 1949 and is one of only 10 remaining in the state.
150 drive-in theaters operating in the state of Illinois, including 14 in Southwestern Illinois. Today, there are just 10 remaining in operation in the state and the Skyview is the sole survivor in the St. Louis area. Two things led to the demise of drive-ins, [continue]


Caseyville's wooded lots, estate-sized homes ready for buyers

Three years in the making, Caseyville's Forest Lakes development is now entering the homebuilding phase. Three companies are building homes ranging from $240,000 to $1.5 million.

   A $1 million-plus custom home is rising from the earth at the site of the most massive residential development project Southwestern Illinois has seen in years.
   The community is Forest Lakes in Caseyville' the developer is Bakersfield, Calif.-based Sport Choice LLC. The builder of the nearly 5,000-square-foot home is Padgett Building & Remodeling Co. Inc. of Belleville and the architect is EWR Associates Inc. of Fairview Heights.
   The estate home's appearance is testament to the fact that three years after its beginning, phase one design of the 500-acre, $400 million development is nearly finished and construction of the main roadways, utilities, [continue]


Project is client's but plans, concepts belong to architect, despite misperception

   Architects and attorneys agree that although the finished product belongs to their client, the designs and concepts that were created therein are the copyrighted possession of the architect and/or the architectural firm.
   Michael Lefferson, president of Alton-based architecture firm Lefferson & Associates Inc., says there is a misperception among some in commercial development. They believe that when a professional firm is engaged to design a facility, the fee paid for that project also includes the right to the plans - and the right to duplicate those plans in the form of future projects in other locations.
   "We have had clients request that I relinquish all the rights to my drawings so they could build the same building in multiple locations with no further fee payment," said Lefferson. "Even using a very specific color scheme or specific usage of materials on an interior can be at issue, if it can be considered a reasonable facsimile to what you created. Our contracts state that the drawings and specifications are the property of the architectural firm, and compensation is due for the continued use/reuse of the [continue]