Aldermen Table Bill on Hotels, Motels in Commercial Areas

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Cool Valley aldermen have tabled a bill that would generally allow hotels and motels in commercial areas. Currently, they are classified as a special use and require a lengthy permit process.

Resident Floyd Blackwell recently presented to the Board of Aldermen a petition with about 100 signatures of residents opposing the bill.

Blackwell, a frequent critic of Mayor Hershell Brooks, calls himself head of the Concerned Citizens Coalition of Cool Valley. Blackwell and others oppose the proposal of a St. Louis man who wants to build a two-story hotel of about 25 units in the 1100 block of Florissant Road. The man operates small hotels in North St. Louis. The concept was introduced to the Cool Valley board in January, but no formal application for the needed special-use permit has been made. The board tabled the bill indefinitely last week at the suggestion of Alderman Robert Horner, 1st Ward. In other business, the operator of a Dairy Queen on Florissant Road said that a future McDonald's could cut his sales in half or destroy his business. …

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