Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Metro Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Metro Digest

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CREVE COEUR > Council declines to reconsider subdivision * Mayor Barry Glantz failed on Monday night in his effort to have the Creve Coeur City Council reconsider its vote to allow rezoning for the nine-home Santino Court subdivision.

Glantz had held off signing the ordinance regarding the four-acre property at New Ballas Road, Santino Court and Ladue Road.

But the reconsideration effort failed by a 3-5 vote, with only James Faron, Ted Ruzicka, and Robert Hoffman in favor.

The site is part of and surrounded by the Emerald Green Estates subdivision, and Glantz has said a majority of residents and trustees there have opposed the plan.

Existing lots on the perimeter of the Emerald Green Estates subdivision fronting North New Ballas Road and Ladue Road are one-acre lots, but the remainder of the subdivision has smaller lots that are about a half-acre.

Brent Crittenden, chief executive officer of developer Urban Improvement Company, LLC, has said average lot size in Santino Court will be about 20,000 square feet, similar to some in Emerald Green Estates. The previous zoning allowed for homes on no less than one acre.

Home sizes will range from 2,200 to 4,000 square feet, with average home price in the low $800,000 range.

In a March 1 letter to the council, Glantz had said, among other things, that he felt city approval may be premature before the developer garners subdivision approval.

"I remain deeply troubled and unsettled about this project as proposed," Glantz wrote.

DES PERES > Aldermen give bank plan a green light * The Board of Aldermen on Monday night granted a permit for M1 Bancshares to put a new charter bank to be known as M1 Bank at 11679 Manchester Road.

The former Russell Stover Candies building will be renovated and have two drive-thru lanes and one for an ATM.

There will be two entrances, one on Manchester and one on Lockett Road. …

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