CLAYTON, MO (KMOX) – A recent debate over public housing in Oakville is sure to resurface tonight.

A standing-room-only crowd of around 600 Oakville residents filled St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in late May as residents gathered looking for answers about the proposed senior housing development project.

Those same people returned last Friday and they vow to be just as loud in the St. Louis County Council chambers in Clayton Tuesday night. They’re raising their voices in fear that sex offenders will live in the proposed low-income housing development, next to their kids’ school.

The residents claim they were never notified about plans for the senior center. County Executive Charlie Dooley says proper notice was given to everyone living within the area before the proposal was approved.

“It’s a part of the plan, we kept the guidelines, all the procedures was done, all of the notifications was done and no one came to those meetings,” he says. “Now why they didn’t, I can’t speak to that.”

Current plans for the development project show the housing will be located along Telegraph Road, next to the Goddard preschool.

Dooley says the project cannot be stopped but fellow Democrat Steve Stenger says he will fight it. Stenger came under fire from residents at Friday night’s meeting for allowing the project.


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