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   The St. Louis County Council will decide the ultimate fate of a controversial low-income senior housing complex being built in unincorporated south county near Oakville.  

   On Monday night the St. Louis County Zoning Commission voted 6-1 to recommend that the council uphold the county's 2012 approval of the 45 unit facility along Telegraph Road.  

   National Church Residences began construction on the project in May.  An NCR spokesperson says the non-profit has already spent more than $1 million on the project.

   Some Oakville residents had asked that the issue be reopened because they felt the county had failed to properly inform them of the process before signing off on the project.  

   Critics complain that the building is too large for the lot on which it's being built.  They say they will keep fighting to shut to project down.

   St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley has said he strongly favors the project.  

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   Oakville residents say they will take their opposition to a large, senior housing complex in South County to court if necessary.  That was the message delivered by residents who packed a St. Louis County Planning Commission meeting Monday night.  

   The three-story, low income housing project already under construction at Telegraph and Erb by National Church Residences had been approved by the St. Louis County Council.  But residents demanded county officials revisit the issue, claiming they hadn't been told about the project ahead of time.  

   An attorney for National Church Residences says construction on the project will not halt, and his clients are also ready to take the issue to court.

 
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis County councilman says he'll try to halt development of an apartment complex for low-income seniors.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports County Councilman Steve Stenger told a crowd Friday at Oakville High School he'll present a proposal to the council Tuesday to end construction on the complex.

Construction began May 16th on the building, which would have 44 one-bedroom units. The apartments are being built by Ohio-based National Church Residences, a nonprofit senior housing developer, which didn't attend the meeting.

Stenger says there was a breakdown in notifying residents about the complex. But the St. Louis County Planning Commission says it mailed 200 postcards to residents and business within 1,000 feet of the project, and information was posted on the county's website and at the apartment site.

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   It was a big weekend for graduation ceremonies in the St. Louis area, but Friday night's storms forced several to be moved, postponed or both.  The storms downed power lines and damaged the Family Arena in St. Charles where five high schools had been scheduled to hold graduation ceremonies over the weekend.  

   Francis Howell North, Francis Howell Central and Francis Howell high school combined their separate Saturday ceremonies into one mega-graduation at Lindenwood University on Sunday where more than 390 students received their diplomas.  

   Mehlville and Oakville high schools had reserved the arena for Sunday and instead moved both commencements to Oakville.  And power loss at UMSL forced Hazelwood high schools to move their commencement exercises from Saturday, to Sunday.

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   A state representative is working with a group of South County residents to halt construction of a subsidized senior housing complex in their neighborhood.  

   St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger says four public hearings were held before the County Council approved the three-story, 45 -unit building and 37 parking spaces on an acre and a half site in the 6000 block of Telegraph Road.  

   Hundreds of Oakville residents gathered at St. Paul's United Church of Christ Wednesday evening to discuss the project.  Most say they were never told about any hearings.  

   State Representative Marsha Haefner says that's a problem. "The biggest issue is the lack of transparency," Haefner said.  "And putting such a large complex on such a small site."

   Haefner says she believes citizens can request new hearings if it can be proven that proper notification procedures were not followed.

 

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