Reader is skeptical that proposed development will meet community needs


To the editor:

It’s interesting to read the news and editorial coverage of the proposed development known as “The Residences at Tesson Ridge.” Members of Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice have just launched a new initiative called “Hold The Door Open.” While we applaud the efforts of the developer and St. Louis County Councilman Ernie Trakas to host an open meeting at the site of the proposed development, we are skeptical about whether a proposed development like this will truly meet the needs of the community.

Yes, the homes and apartments will be very close to Mercy South Hospital. But, aside from physicians and some members of the nursing staff, who will be able to afford the $500,000 homes or the $3,000-$4,000 per month apartments? Will nurses aides, orderlies, food service workers, housekeepers, security guards and office workers be able to live there? Will beginning teachers in the Mehlville School District, grocery store workers, home health aides, firefighters, office workers and others who keep the community safe and successful be able to afford these prices?

There is a terrific need for safe, desirable, affordable housing throughout the St. Louis area. The new Tesson Ridge development could play a leading role in helping to provide a small portion of it. We hope that developers and community and political leaders might be able to work together to bring this perspective to the proposed project. Affordable housing is one way to help create thriving communities and transform lives.

Barbara L. Finch