Reporting Michael Calhoun
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOX) – St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley says construction of the controversial senior center in Oakville can’t be stopped since it has already begun.
Residents are upset, saying they didn’t know anything about the plans for the center.
Following the resident outcry, County Council agreed to send the issue back to planning commissioners. Council members agreed that not enough public outreach was done about the low-income senior living development.
Dooley says he’s satisfied with the public outreach.
“I think we did a great job over a year ago,” he says. “There’s a need for those housing in that area. It was the right thing to do at the right time and that’s where I stand.”
Dooley says now that developers have received approvals, bought the property and started digging, there is nothing the government can do to stop the construction.
“The people have bought and paid for the property, they have the right to do what they’re doing,” he says.