Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hemsath Residents Protest Subdivision Plan

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hemsath Residents Protest Subdivision Plan

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Residents along Hemsath Road plan to urge the St. Charles County Council to reject a plan for the 70-lot Starwoods Manor subdivision on about 21 acres. The subdivision would have an entrance onto Hemsath.

Mary Leonard, one of the residents who has been gathering signatures for a petition opposing the subdivision, said the area is "exactly the site where the young man was killed" in a one-car accident Feb. 25. Four other youths in the car were injured.

Leonard has collected about 36 signatures, "basically, all the homeowners that are on the road," she said. The petition opposes the residential development but supports a resolution by the St. Charles City Council for an office development on the site.

"We support an office park-type development rather than putting in more houses and more cars on the road," said Leonard. Residents are concerned about the traffic a subdivision would generate, she said.

Leonard said she learned about plans for the subdivision only a week ago.

But the developer, Bill Hoffman, president of Investments Unlimited Development Corp., said he had talked to several residents about the planned development. "This has been going on for 15 months," he said, adding that a contract on the site was written with the owner in September 1994. "This is under contract with the family."

He said the sale is not closed yet.

Houses planned for the subdivision, he said, would cost more than $100,000 each.

Although the site is not contiguous to the city of St. Charles, Hoffman said he had requested sewer and water service from the municipality. That request was denied.

As to traffic concerns, Hoffman said the subdivision entrance would be closer to Highway 94 than the accident scene and that the steeper hills on the road - which have been cited as contributing to a high number of accidents in the area - are closer to the Missouri River.

St. Charles City Councilwoman Linda Jaeckel, 3rd Ward, said the city's recently completed land-use plan anticipates annexation in the area betw een Friedens and Hemsath roads. In the proposal, she said, the city "wants to see office campuses. There are about 300 acres of prime acreage (in the area ) for good office parks," she said. …

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