ELLISVILLE, Mo. (KMOX) — Sansone Group has until 12:01 a.m. Friday to break ground on a Walmart in Ellisville, or its permit for the project expires.

But its not as simple as just throwing some dirt around at the potential site planned for the corner of Manchester and Keifer Creek roads. Opponents, like attorney Jane Dueker, argued Wednesday night that Sansone has to own all the property first.

“In the redevelopment agreement, that you ignore, they shall not commence construction until they acquire all of the property. So you don’t have a Sunset Hills debacle which is what’s brewing now,” she said.

Sansone owns a so-called “sliver” of the property, but still hasn’t secured several apartment complexes it plans to tear down.

A tenant of the Clarkchester Apartments, one of the properties Walmart needs to acquire, said her neighbors are getting frantic eviction calls, giving as little as 72 hours to get out, others were offered $2,000 if they could move sooner.

“People are confused, they’re worried, some of them bordered on panic,” Liz Schmidt told the Ellisville City Council Wednesday night.

Mayor Adam Paul wants the City Council to explore just cancelling the whole deal, saying Walmart has not lived up to their agreement.

“They amend the building permit to only a sliver of the development of the project, and essentially they’re just throwing a shovel in the dirt,” he said.

No representative from Sansone was at the meeting and a spokesman for Walmart says they’re progressing on the project.

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