CLAYTON, MO (KMOX) – Plans to build a low-income senior housing development in Oakville have stalled after residents worried it would house sex offenders right next to a preschool.
- Councilman Steve Stenger speaks about the controversy with Mark Reardon.
More than one hundred residents came out to voice their opposition at the St. Louis County Council meeting Tuesday night.
“I am totally opposed to this project, mainly because there was no communication that took place for the general public,” one resident told the council.
“The building – three stories and 45 units – are too big for the 1.5 acre site,” another said, “and it infringes on the Goddard School.”
Councilman Steve Stenger, who originally sponsored the project a year ago, is now leading the charge to send the plan back to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
“If I had heard the kind of comments that I heard on Friday night and that I’ve been hearing the last few weeks, I would not have voted for this project,” he said.
St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley says if the county breaks its contract with the developer, which has already broken ground on the project, it could cost millions of dollars in lawsuits.