County planning panel tables medical use proposal

Neighbors concerned about mosquitoes from site’s pond

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Photo by Lucas Irizarry

The office building in Green Park owned by Bahn Real Estate.

By Lucas Irizarry, Staff Reporter

A proposal to upgrade a building near the Five Oaks subdivision in Concord was tabled by the St. Louis County Planning Commission April 26.

The plan would allow the currently unoccupied building at 5757 S. Lindbergh Blvd., to house medical offices and would fix up the parking lot and exterior of the building. Tenants were not identified for the building as of March 28.

Five Oaks residents were in favor of the upgrades and the building having a new owner. The neighbors requested the new owner spray for mosquitos at a retention pond on-site, which the owner, Nick Bahn of Bahn Real Estate, said he would do.

At the executive meeting in April, planning staff did not add the condition of spraying for mosquitos on the proposal, prompting the tabling by the commission.

“The water retention is really an eyesore and they had grand plans of redoing that, but I don’t see that in the recommended improvements or the proposal,” Commissioner Bill Sneed said.

Staff said the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District has control over the retention pond, so they would decide if improvements need to be made. Acting Director of Planning Jacob Trimble said since MSD does have jurisdiction over the pond, the county would have to wait until the permitting process to ask about any changes.

“What I would have expected for something like this is that during the permitting process they would have indicated the types of improvements they intend to make,” Trimble said.

Commissioners suggested staff discuss with the petitioner about adding a fountain or agitating device to the pond to stop mosquitos from breeding. The commission voted unanimously to table the proposal for more suggestions.