Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Officials, Residents Fight Low-Income Housing Plan State Tax Credits Set for Project; Hearing Is Delayed

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Officials, Residents Fight Low-Income Housing Plan State Tax Credits Set for Project; Hearing Is Delayed

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O'Fallon officials and residents say they will continue to fight a low-income housing project planned for the city, although they learned last week that the state has granted the developer the tax credits he wanted for the project.

The tax credits are for a 72-unit apartment complex planned by Steve Owsley on 15 acres along Tom Ginnever Drive in northern O'Fallon.

Meanwhile, Owsley has asked the O'Fallon Planning and Zoning Commission to postpone consideration of his plans. Alderman Paul Renaud, 1st Ward, said Owsley is requesting the delay so that he may expand the plans by including single-family housing. Owsley, of Hannibal, could not be reached for comment.

At some point, the Planning and Zoning Commission will consider the development, but the issue will not come before the Board of Aldermen because the site is properly zoned for an apartment complex.

City officials have fought the project because they fear increased crime and reduced property values. Renaud said other low-income housing exists in O'Fallon. …

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