ELLISVILLE, Mo. (KMOX) — Did construction commence on a Walmart in Ellisville by the midnight deadline? That depends on what your definition of the word “construction” is.
The only visible sign of action at the site, planned for the corner of Manchester and Keifer Creek roads, was tree-trimming at a car dealership.
The store would also replace several apartment buildings in the area. Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul said some owners who have decided to sell their apartments are now boarding up doors and windows.
“It looks like either a hurricane is coming through or there are gun shots coming through the windows,” he said.
Paul worries it’s an effort to create blight, for eminent domain, forcing homeowners who are holding -out to sell.
“There’s not really any certainty and its kind of frustrating,” said Ben Cole, one of the tenants in a building that’s still holding out.
But Paul said the fight isn’t over yet. Next week the Ellisville City Council could cancel $11 million in tax incentives for the project.