Panel to eye Will Avenue rezoning request


Residents will have a chance to voice their views on a developer’s rezoning re-quest to build a condominium complex at the site of the former St. John Elementary School campus.

The County Council’s Public Improve-ments Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Tues-day, Aug. 30, to hear public comments and review the rezoning request by Greater Mis-souri Builders to construct a 104-unit condominium complex at the corner of Will Avenue and Lemay Ferry Road.

The county Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the rezoning request, which was referred to the Public Improvements Committee earlier this month by County Council Chairman John Campisi, R-south county.

Greater Missouri Builders has requested a zoning change from the R-4 7,500-square-foot Residence District to the R-7 1,750-square-foot Residence District. The proposed complex would have six buildings with 104 two-bed, two-bath condo units total and two parking spaces for each condominium.

Nearby residents have said they are concerned the complex will increase traffic and accidents on Will Avenue and the intersection at Lemay Ferry Road.

Residents of the condominium complex would have to turn onto Will Avenue first to reach Lemay Ferry Road because the complex would not have direct access to the road.

Before recommending approval of the proposal, the Planning Commission twice had placed the request on hold, asking Greater Missouri Builders to decrease the number of condos and to increase parking.

The developer originally had proposed a complex with 128 two-bed, two-bath, 1,150-square-foot condos and 192 parking spaces.

Greater Midwest Builders contracted to buy the 5.85-acre property from the Mehl-ville School District for $1.1 million, but the sale is contingent on several factors, including the zoning change that would allow the company to build multifamily condominiums.

The Mehlville School District originally had planned to build a new early childhood center, now called the John Cary Early Childhood Center, at the St. John campus site, but instead the center is being built on the Beasley Elementary School campus. The location was changed after administrators cited budgetary, site-development, access, safety and aesthetic concerns about the St. John’s site. The early childhood center is the final new building that will be constructed under the Propo-sition P districtwide building improvement program.

After Tuesday’s meeting, the Public Im-provements Committee will decide whether to make a recommendation to the County Council or conduct additional meetings.

The Public Improvements Committee is comprised of Chairman Gregory Quinn, R-west county; Skip Mange, R-Town and Country; and Kathleen Burkett, D-Overland.

The Public Improvements Committee will meet in the County Council Conference Room at the St. Louis County Administrative Building, 41 S. Central Ave., Clayton.