Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Office Complex Plan Put off for a Month

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Office Complex Plan Put off for a Month

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Developers who want to build an office complex in Creve Coeur and residents living near the site will have to wait at least until next month to see if the project will win approval from the City Council.

This week, project architect Robert Boland presented the council with revisions in the proposal, and residents submitted a petition bearing the names of 65 residents living near the site who are concerned about the project. Then the council deferred discussion on the issue until Nov. 8.

The proposal had been slated for discussion on Oct. 25, but the date was changed to November at Boland's suggestion because several controversial public hearings were already scheduled for the October meeting.

Last month, Boland introduced a plan for the development of 18.4 acres in Creve Coeur and 13.6 acres in Town and Country on behalf of developer Centre Park 40 Associates. The site is on the north side of Highway 40, east of Priory School and west of Missouri Baptist College.

Single family residences border the site to the north. The area in Creve Coeur must be rezoned from single-family residential to planned office district for the complex to be built. Town and Country rezoned the property there after losing a challenge in court.

Creve Coeur residents worry about visual intrusion by the complex as well as increased storm-water and decreased property values. On Monday night, residents also expressed concern that traffic could be increased if the access road into the complex from North Outer 40 Road was extended north to Conway Road and used as a cut-through. Boland reassured the council and residents that there are no plans to extend the access road.

Resident Ellen Davis, who presented the petition, said homeowners are concerned that such an office park would be disruptive to nearby neighborhoods. Rezoning the area also sets a precedent for future rezoning of residential areas, she said.

"This petition represents approximately 80 percent of the residents of Twin Creek Road, Hammersmith, Conway Gardens and Conway Wold subdivisions," Davis said. …

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