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Town & Country Decides Against Senior Housing Plan

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Residents listen to a Town & Country Planning & Zoning Commission hearing on July 25, 2013.

Residents listen to a Town & Country Planning & Zoning Commission hearing on July 25, 2013.

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TOWN & COUNTRY, Mo. (KMOX) - Plans for a four-story senior living facility near Mason and Clayton Roads in Town & Country were denied by the city’s planning and zoning commissioners last night after 200 people turned out against the idea.

Neighbor Al Gerber explains the outcry.

“People moved here because they like the single-family housing and they like the green space. Every time one of these big things goes in, it takes away from that so that’s why we have to defend it,” he said.

Residents like Jim Frankel cheered and clapped as the commission ruled against the plan.

“It just is not the kind of development that Town & Country wants,” he said. “It probably would hurt property values and the high density of voters; you could have close to 200 voters in this one little development. That could change elections too.”

Amy Anderson says she flew back from a vacation in Michigan to speak against the meeting and is flying back Thursday morning.

“It’s a four-story building that we would see from our backyard and they talk about trees but that’s great in the summer and maybe 15 or 20 years from now, but four stories?”

Commissioners ruled there was no “public need” for the facility which would’ve fallen within residentially-zoned land.

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