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County Council Declines to Halt Oakville Project

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St. Louis County Council (KMOX/Michael Calhoun/File)

St. Louis County Council (KMOX/Michael Calhoun/File)

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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) - The St. Louis County Council on Tuesday declined to halt construction on a controversial low-income senior housing facility in Oakville.

County Councilman Steve Stenger didn’t address the crowd as he received and filed the Planning Committee recommendation to allow the project to continue, despite an hour of testimony for and against the facility.

Stenger says the project continues until he can find five members of the seven-member council to vote to halt the project.

“In order for the matter to move forward, it would require five votes in order to be successful,” he said. “Those five votes, as of right now, are not available on the council.”

Stenger says he has 90 days to find those votes or the issue dies all together. As of now, none of the council members say they will vote to end the project.

The concerns of residents include increased traffic, trash, and the complex’s fence being feet away from the fence of a school.

Halting the project could cost St. Louis County a lawsuit from the developer, National Church Residences, but residents opposed to the project have vowed their own lawsuit if it continues.

Despite the threats, Stenger says he’s not worried about legal action.

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