Planners Reject Proposal for Burger King on Plaza

By Post-Dispatch, Barbara Yount | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), June 15, 1995 | Go to article overview

Planners Reject Proposal for Burger King on Plaza


Post-Dispatch, Barbara Yount, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


The St. Louis County Planning Commission has rejected a proposal for a Burger King at Victorian Plaza on Butler Hill Road at Interstate 55 in south St. Louis County.

The proposal was to put the Burger King at a location approved by the commission for a gasoline station, car wash and food shop.

That business was part of a plan that also included a four-story, 100-room hotel, called Victorian Inn, and a fast-food restaurant. The proposal was by James and Wanda Drury and Mid-America Hotels Corp.

So far, only a fast-food restaurant, Taco Bell, has been built at the site.

John P. King, attorney for Mid-America, said in a letter to the commission that the owners had been unable to arrange for a gas station on the four-acre site. Burger King would draw about the same amount of traffic as a 24-hour food shop, King said.

The commissioners were concerned that vehicles lined up for Burger King's drive-through window would affect the traffic flow and threaten the safety of children on an outdoor playground. Nine cars would have to line up for the drive-through in order to block the entrance and exit, they said.

Commissioner Rita Gralike noted that it becomes "a dangerous playground if cars have no way to go."

Glenn Powers, the county land-use supervisor, said that the plan needed to be revised.

In other business, the commission approved:

Expansion of the service center and retail operation of Easton Tire Co. …

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