Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

West Alton Resort Plan Is Expected $30 Million Development Prepared for Council OK

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

West Alton Resort Plan Is Expected $30 Million Development Prepared for Council OK

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The St. Charles County Council is expected to be asked next month to sign on the dotted line for the development of a $30 million hotel resort and golf course in the West Alton area.

Mark P. Wilson, county administrative analyst, said on Monday that legal papers, including an option agreement between the county and the developer, were being prepared by County Counselor Stephen A. Martin, probably for presentation to the County Council as early as Nov. 9.

County Executive Eugene C. Schwendemann has recommended that the County Council choose Forester Management Services Inc. of Northfield, Ill., to develop the project.

Another company is trying to persuade the County Council that it - not the Forester group - should be selected to develop the so-called Mississippi Coast Project. At the request of Councilman Bob Fisher, D-1st District, representatives of the Kuhlmann Design Group and the Breckenridge Corp. of St. Louis were scheduled to outline their proposal to council members Monday.

Further, a second meeting with Kuhlmann-Breckenridge is scheduled for Nov. 3 to accommodate Councilman Thomas "Jerry" McGovern, D-6th District, who was unable to attend the Monday meeting.

On Monday, Schwendemann notified Keith W. Hazelwood, a lawyer representing the Kuhlmann-Breckenridge group, that he would not attend the presentation. Schwendemann's letter to Hazelwood said, "We cannot let additional information be submitted after the County Executive staff has already selected a development team and made their figures public."

Discussing the timetable for the county's involvement with the Forester team, Jim Taylor said last week that the council would be asked to enter into an option agreement with the developer. Taylor is the California consultant hired by the County Council as the preliminary planner on the project.

Taylor said that an option agreement would outline "all the steps that need to be taken from now forward until the groundbreaking. …

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