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.
A 150 unit luxury senior living center proposed on a 12 acre site at Clayton and Mason Roads in west St. Louis County is unlikely to happen.
The Town and Country Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night voted unanimously to turn down a proposal by Allegro Senior Living.
About 200 people had attended the meeting and dozens spoke against the project. Most cited concerns over traffic and property values.
The zoning commission will recommend that the Board of Alderman reject the project. They'll list "no evidence" the community needs such a facility among their list of seven reasons.
This is the second proposed senior housing development to cause controversy in St. Louis county recently. The other is a low-income development already under construction along Telegraph Road in South County. Opponents are trying to get county officials to halt that project.
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.
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.