Apartment complex could be up for approval

A 232-unit apartment complex proposed for the corner of Tesson Ferry and Bauer roads could gain final approval from the County Council as early as next week.

J.H. Berra, operating as JHB Properties, is proposing to build a multi-family apartment complex with 232 units on a 17.2-acre site at 12921 Tesson Ferry Road in the Mehlville School District, in an area represented by 6th District County Councilman Kevin O’Leary, D-Oakville.

Over a period of several weeks, O’Leary did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Although he told a reporter from another publication that he would refer the project for another public hearing, no hearing had been set at the Call’s press time.

O’Leary introduced the bill for the apartment complex last week. If the council perfected the legislation Tuesday — after the Call went to press — the complex could be up for final approval at the Tuesday, Aug. 23, meeting.

South county residents made up the majority of speakers at the Aug. 9 meeting, with five residents asking the council to either deny the project outright or grant its neighbors another public hearing to air their concerns.

Several of the council members had questions for the speakers, including 5th District Councilman Pat Dolan, D-Richmond Heights, 2nd District Councilman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, and 7th District Councilman Mark Harder, R-Ballwin, but O’Leary did not address his constituents who spoke.

Residents oppose the project for its impact on traffic on Bauer Road and the qualify of life of nearby residents, who mostly live in single-family residences. Sarah Ann Court subdivision trustee Stephen Tichacek was one of several residents who contradicted the traffic study submitted by the developer.

“All of the homes in this corridor are totally dependent on access to Tesson Ferry Road. Bauer Road is literally an extension of the driveway to my home,” Tichacek said. “This development will make things permanently worse for all of us.”