Planning panel holds Circle K proposed for former Johnny’s site

Scope of project likely to change

Developer Meland Properties is proposing a 4,000-square-foot Circle K convenience store and 10-pump gas station at the 2.25-acre site at 11555 Gravois Road, along with a five-bay car wash in the back.  (

Developer Meland Properties is proposing a 4,000-square-foot Circle K convenience store and 10-pump gas station at the 2.25-acre site at 11555 Gravois Road, along with a five-bay car wash in the back. (

By Gloria Lloyd

The gas station proposed for the site of the former Johnny’s Market will not happen as a developer envisioned it, but what the final plan could look like is not yet known since the county Planning Commission held the project Monday night.

The planning panel’s vote on the proposed Circle K at the site of Johnny’s Market, at the intersection of Gravois, Denny and Sappington roads at 11555 Gravois, was two members in favor and three members opposed with one abstention. Because no majority voted for or against the project, it is automatically held.

Planning Commission Chairman Wayne Hilzinger, Vice Chairman William Ballard and Molly McHugh voted “no,” and Steve Lawler and Rob Forney voted “yes.”

Keith Taylor abstained. Bill Sneed was absent, and Matthew Lampe has moved out of the county and has not yet been replaced on the panel.

Developer Meland Properties is proposing a 4,000-square-foot Circle K convenience store and 10-pump gas station at the 2.25-acre site. The county Department of Planning recommended that the convenience store and gas station be approved, but that it only be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. instead of the 24 hours that the developer requested at a March 16 public hearing.

County planners also recommended against the 24-hour car wash that Meland wanted to operate at the site, since the noise from a car wash is more difficult to soundproof against than the noise from a gas station.

As recommended, developers would also have to install landscaping to block the World War II memorial on a triangle of state-owned property at the intersection of the three streets.

The project is across the street from Sunset Hills.

Three aldermen from the city — Ward 1 Alderman Dee Baebler, acting board President Scott Haggerty of Ward 2 and Ward 4 Alderman Pat Fribis — attended the public hearing to speak against the project. Ward 2 Alderman Tom Musich and Haggerty’s challenger in today’s election in Ward 2, Steve Bersche, were in attendance Monday night.