Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Business Booms, Say Neighbors Too Many Truck-Trailers, Too Much Noise, Some Say

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Business Booms, Say Neighbors Too Many Truck-Trailers, Too Much Noise, Some Say

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A truck-trailer repair business that opened in August in the Benton Park area was, at first, a welcome addition to the neighborhood. But the degree of welcome took a dramatic downswing, residents say, when the number of trailers parked in the area jumped fivefold and noise from the business chased away the late-night quiet.

Residents who live near the old Falstaff brewery on Gravois Avenue have banded together to persuade the business, AAA Trailer Services Inc. at 2108 Gravois, to do something about the commotion and to keep it from expanding its operation. St Louis' zoning department denied AAA an occupancy permit for a property on which to park more trailers. The business is appealing the decision.

Several residents were at a city Board of Adjustment hearing last week to contest AAA's appeal. They maintain that their neighborhood has been striving to rehabilitate itself - in the mid-1980s it was named to the National Register of Historic Places - but that the sounds, traffic congestion, abuse to streets and sidewalks and unpleasantness created by AAA threatens the neighborhood's property values and its residents' sanity.

The owners, however, contend AAA has brought 31 jobs to the area and is a growing business in accord with zoning regulations. They are appealing the zoning department's decision in the hope of using land at 2301 Lemp Avenue to park trailers until they can be moved to the Gravois property to be repaired. AAA's owners, Lindell Byron and Dino Vainalis, worry the residents' ire will have more effect on city officials than rules that, they say, clearly allow for their request.

Steven Koslovsky, attorney for AAA at the hearing, stressed that the Lemp site was zoned for the parking of trailers awaiting repair. "It is our position that we are entitled to be there," Koslovsky said.

He told the board that when the vacant Falstaff brewery was in operation, it would have generated a great deal of noise, traffic and bad smells - conditions far worse than significant truck traffic. …

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