Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Some Low-Intensity Business Endorsed Decision Precludes Amoco Convenience Mall

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Some Low-Intensity Business Endorsed Decision Precludes Amoco Convenience Mall

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Wildwood should allow some low-intensity business activity at or near the intersections of Clayton and Strecker roads and Clayton and Prospector Ridge Drive, the city's Planning and Zoning Commission says. That idea would leave out an Amoco service station, convenience store and carwash proposed for the northeast corner of Clayton and Strecker.

The commission made its recommendation Monday after hearing about 30 speakers oppose Amoco's plan. No one represented the company at the session attended by about 80 residents.

Nearby residents oppose the service station, arguing that it would disrupt the semi-rural character of the area and pose safety problems - particularly the possibility of a gasoline tanker accident or spill on the area's winding roads. "Now, people can look at this beautiful valley," said Chris Ronberg, a resident of the Winding Trails subdivision near the site and a real estate agent in Wildwood. "We put a lot of our money into this lifestyle. If a gas station is put into the middle of the wildlife and nature, it would be devastating to us." Gary Ronberg, Chris Ronberg's husband, is a spokesman for the opposition. He said in a statement that Amoco would drive "a garish, red-white-and blue stake into the heart of our neighborhood." Gerald Ortbals, attorney for Amoco, said in an interview Tuesday that his client had obtained from St. Louis County in 1991 and 1992 appropriate zoning, approval of a site plan and building permits for the service station. Amoco plans to proceed with the project, he said. He declined to elaborate on his company's position. Until Wildwood was incorporated in 1995, St. Louis County controlled the use of the site. The City Council would have to revise Wildwood's master plan to implement the commission's recommendation. That document calls for developing ground around the intersections as housing with lots no smaller than 22,000 square feet. In a report to the City Council, the Planning and Zoning Commission noted that the county had rezoned three of the four corners at Clayton and Strecker for commercial in 1991 as well as 4. …

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