BRENTWOOD, Mo. (KMOX) – A plan for a Boys Hope Girls Hope home in Brentwood was voted down by the city’s Board of Aldermen Monday night.
Aldermen voted 4-3 against the plan after more than an hour of public comments. Passage required a 75 percent vote in favor.
Currently, Boys Hope Girls Hope has a boys home in Town & Country and a girls home in Kirkwood. Director Brian Hipp said last night that the vote represented an “embarrassing day” for Brentwood.
“The powerful testimony for the overwhelming majority of citizens from this community was palpable,” he said.
A group of more than 500 signatures in favor of the project was presented the board of aldermen and most residents in attendance approved of the plan.
“I am here tonight to voice my and my family’s support for Boys Hope Girls Hope to build in Brentwood,” one woman said.
Still, many residents were convinced the group home for disadvantaged youth would bring too many kids, too many cars, and too much trouble to the corner of Brentwood Blvd. and Madge Avenue.
“I think it’s too big for the area and it’s too small for 20 teens,” a resident told the board.
One group, wearing buttons that said “Madge Hope,” argued their street is too small for the building.
“It just doesn’t fit on Madge,” a spokeswoman said. “It just doesn’t.”
Debate over the home dates back to March when a public hearing was held and information was distributed to residents.
Voting against the rezoning plan Monday night were Anthony Harper (Ward 1), Cindy Manestar (Ward 2), Andy Leahy (Ward 3) and Tom Kamer (Ward 4).
Voting in favor were Lee Wynn (Ward 2), Keith Robertson (Ward 3) and Patrick Toohey (Ward 4). Maureen Saunders (Ward 1) did not attend.