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Development Plans Have Some Kirkwood Residents Worried

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KIRKWOOD, Mo. (KMOX) — There’s controversy in Kirkwood over a vote the city council is expected to take Thursday tonight, to seek proposals to redevelop the area of Kirkwood Road and Manchester.

Some residents fear the plan could lead to the bulldozing of a dozen homes, including four in the North Taylor Historic District.

A consultant commissioned by the City of Kirkwood has suggested the homes could be demolished to make room for a new shopping center and parking lot.

Kirkwood Mayor Art McDonnell claims that was just a study, but Ellen Edman and her neighbors are wondering why they weren’t told it was being done.

“We found out about the report accidentally when one of my neighbors saw photographers taking pictures of her house and yard,” Edman said.

McDonnell admits the communication could have been better, but insists there is no plan, and says the goal is to create a development that fits in the neighborhood.

Tonight the council is expected to issue a request for development proposals. McDonnell has scheduled a seminar with residents for next Wednesday.

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