Allison Blood

GRAY SUMMIT, Mo. (KMOX) – The head of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Shaw Nature Reserve is fighting a proposal to put a concrete plant in the reserve’s backyard.

Reserve Director John Behrer says this project is just too close to a place that people associate with quiet, undisturbed nature.

“Commercial trucks have the beeper noises when they back up, so you’re talking about 50 cement trucks a day going in and out out of this facility with beepers,” he says.

He says there are other, better suited places for the plant.

“It seems to me that it would make more sense to put it into an industrial park, which has a concrete plant that is not in operation anymore,” he says.

Behrer says the public comment period is over for this project, and the Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission will make its decision in just a few weeks, on March 18.

Roger Landvatter, who owns the plant, also has one in Kirkwood.

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