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KIRKWOOD, Mo. (KMOX) - Kirkwood residents are only lukewarm on a plan to develop 12-acres around the intersection of Manchester Road and Lindbergh Boulevard. Novus Companies presented its plan for a mix of retail and residential developments at a public meeting Wednesday night.

The plan called for a CVS Pharmacies, a specialty grocery, and an upscale senior housing apartment complex that will include retail on the first floor.

After the meeting many residents said they were not impressed.

“The biggest problem I see is traffic. That’s one of the busiest intersections in the entire St. Louis area,” one man said.

Neighbor Ellen Edman is worried what the increased activity will bring. She said Novus didn’t detail “buffers” that will shield the neighborhood from noise and light pollution.

Most of the 12-acre redevelopment area is along Lindbergh, also called North Kirkwood Road. Some retail shops are planned along Manchester, that includes shops at the intersections corners and Manchester frontage.

The Kirkwood City Council didn’t vote at the special meeting. No decision is likely for weeks.

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