Controversial Apartment Project Sent Back to the Drawing Board

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It’s not dead, but a proposal for a major new development in south St. Louis County is heading back to the Planning Commission.

JHB Properties has been pitching the idea of a 232-unit apartment complex, but hundreds of local residents have signed a petition to block the development because they say it will jam up area traffic.

The apartment complex proposal includes a community center, pool and more on a 17-acre site near the intersection of Bauer and Tesson Ferry Roads.

Bill Hogan, who lives near the site where JHB Properties wants to build, explains that their attorney uncovered some discrepancies in the legal work supporting the proposal. “In that analysis, [the attorney] found…that there was a violation on their part in assuming this remains an R-6 property,” he says.

Hogan and other residents have been speaking out against the plan for months during County Council meetings, and have collected more than 2,200 signatures in opposition.

While he thinks this is a step in the right direction, Hogan fears residents “may have won a battle but we did not win the war.”

The entire proposal has been sent back to the county Planning Commission.

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