Affton Panera/Bread Co. could expand, replace Breakfast and Burger

The Panera in Affton could move across the street to a larger location with a drive-thru that is the current site of an existing local restaurant under a rezoning plan that will be heard by the St. Louis County Planning Commission next week.

St. Louis Bread Co./Panera already has a restaurant location in Grasso Plaza, but it is seeking to move across the street to two sites at 10028 and 10024 Gravois Road, the current locations of Durable Asphalt and Breakfast and Burger.

The planning panel will meet for the hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in the County Council Chambers at the Administration Building at 41 S. Central Ave., Clayton.

The commission will also hear a proposal for a new self-storage facility on Lemay Ferry Road in Oakville, at a site that was previously suggested for a similar facility in the past.

The zoning for the Affton Panera covers two sites, one 1.1 acres and one 0.21 acres.

The 0.21-acre site is currently zoned R-6 residential, and Sunset Hills-based Panera wants it to be rezoned to C-2 commercial Shopping District. The company is also seeking a conditional-use permit for the drive-thru on the 1.1-acre Breakfast and Burger property.

The property nearly borders the back side of Lutheran South High School and is near the Gravois and Tesson Ferry intersection.

Plans call for a 4,346-square-foot Panera Bakery Cafe at the site, with 59 parking spaces, a sidewalk in front and 15 feet of landscaping as a setback from the sidewalk.

Zoning in St. Louis County is for the use, not necessarily the specific project proposed for a site. So the zoning designation sought by Panera is for a fast-food restaurant with a drive-thru, which eventually could become any fast-food restaurant.

In Oakville,  Covington Self Storage of Clayton is proposing a self-storage warehouse and office on a 4.4-acre site at 5419 Lemay Ferry Road, near the Mehlville Fire Protection District Firehouse No. 7 and Ringer Road.

Site plans submitted to the county mirror the storage facility, Lemay Storage, that neighbors fought at the site in October 2017, and council Presiding Officer Ernie Trakas, R-Oakville, said the developers appear to be the same under a different name. The original proposal never got off the ground after opposition from neighbors, however, and the developer withdrew it.

Trakas represents the site and the neighbors on the County Council.

Covington proposes five buildings at the site, three storage warehouses and two office spaces. The storage buildings would measure 38,000 square feet, 32,000 square feet and 20,000 square feet. The office spaces would be 1,200 square feet and 3,000 square feet.

In 2017, residents in the Bristol Ridge Subdivision opposed the site because it would not just go on the current site of Moore’s Used Autos and Midwest Autohaus, but it would take down a forest of trees that is currently across from the subdivision of attached condominiums.

The 4.4-acre site is directly across from the Mehlville Fire Protection District’s Fire Station No. 7, a shopping center and a tavern.