Sunset Hills aldermen approve contested Jimmy John’s

Neighbors still object to plan despite revisions

Sunset Hills aldermen approve contested Jimmy Johns

By Gloria Lloyd

The Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen approved a request Tuesday night to move the city’s current location of the fast-food franchise down the street to a contested site near the Mellow Mushroom.

For nearly a year, residents have fought against Sunset Hills Jimmy John’s owner Steve Saladin’s plan to move from his current location at 3680 S. Lindbergh Blvd. to 3751 S. Lindbergh and add a drive-thru.

Aldermen approved Saladin’s latest plan 6-2, with Ward 1 Alderman Dee Baebler and Ward 2 Alderman Tom Musich opposed. To pass, the request required a supermajority of six votes because neighbors lodged a formal protest of the plan with the city.

Aldermen rejected a similar plan 7-1 in August, with Ward 3 Alderman Kurt Krueger voting in favor, and some aldermen approached Saladin to try again with modifications.

Meetings with Ward 1 aldermen to broker a compromise between the neighbors and Saladin broke down over the drive-thru, said attorney Stan Wallach. Wallach represents the neighbors on Sunset Chase who would back up to the Jimmy John’s. Neighbors declined to back any plan that included a drive-thru, and Saladin said the entire reason he was moving his business is so that he could add a drive-thru.