St. Louis County Council
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.
“One of the tactics the Dooley administration used [in 2008] was to replace police board members in order to stack the deck in their favor against then-Chief Jerry Lee.”
Despite an FBI investigation, Councilman Greg Quinn, R-Ballwin, says that’s not why his resolution praising Fitch was brought to a vote Tuesday.
The commission voted 6-1 not to change the zoning ordinance that allows for the building. Still, Oakville resident Mark Haefner says the citizens don’t want it so it shouldn’t be there.
The village has about 445 residents and more than 175 of them have signed a petition, asking the St. Louis County Council for a vote to dissolve.
Many citizens are concerned the move is one step closer to a merger between the city and county.
Councilman Steve Stenger, who originally sponsored the project a year ago, is now leading the charge to send the plan back to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
“It takes more than two plots of land for anything to take place,” Dooley said. “You got to build it, you got to staff it. All these things need to be done.”
County Executive Charlie Dooley says the money is coming in from the sales tax increase, Prop A, passed a few years ago.
“I think it’s not really necessary for our neighborhood, we have plenty of grocery stores,” one resident said.