Planning panel holding public hearing Monday, will hear petitions for MotoMart, car dealership


Photo by Erin Achenbach

The view from the site of the proposed Moto Mart along the Mississippi River, directly next to the JB Bridge.

By Lucas Irizarry, Staff Reporter

Dec. 6 editor’s note: The County Planning Commission said last week that the hearing on the MotoMart has been postponed at the developer’s request.

The St. Louis County Planning Commission will hear two site plans and zoning change requests Monday, including a proposal for a new gas station for South County.

The videoconferenced public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6 by WebEx. Members of the public who want to attend virtually can join through the videoconference or by phone. To join by web, go to and follow prompts. Enter meeting ID 2631 160 1682 and password pcph1206. To join by audio, call 1-408-418-9388 and enter the same meeting ID and password as above. 

The first petition is part of a development plan for a MotoMart at 3800 Koch Road. MotoMart is a gas station/car wash combination and is requesting the zoning at the site be changed from M-1 Industrial, FPM-1 and FPM-3 to M-3 Planned Industrial and FPM-3. The lot is 2.94 acres and is in the Mehlville School District.

This is not the first time MotoMart has petitioned for a gas station in the same location. In 2020, the company proposed a similar plan at the same spot, which is along Interstate 255 and in the shadow of the Jefferson Barracks Bridge overlooking the Mississippi River. At that time, the Planning Commission recommended denial of the petition because planning staff did not feel that the interchange could handle that amount of activity, nor did the use fit the surrounding area. 

The second public hearing is at 5711 S. Lindbergh Boulevard for a car sales and rental business. The petitioners are requesting zoning be changed from C-3 to C-8 Commercial. The lot is 3.5 acres and is currently the location of a Marshall Furniture store. The property is in the Lindbergh school district. 

Both petitions are in the council district of 6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas, R-Oakville.