Sunset Hills board could eye Court Drive proposal Tuesday

Sunset Hills board could eye Court Drive proposal Tuesday

The Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen could consider commercial zoning proposed for Court Drive at a special meeting next week, a makeup session for the canceled Valentine’s Day meeting.

The board canceled its Feb. 14 meeting due to lack of a quorum, moving all that business to a Feb. 28 special meeting, the night of a previously scheduled work session. The board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at City Hall, 3939 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

Aldermen could take a vote at that meeting on a plan for a bank on Court Drive that has been tabled at the developer’s request since last summer, City Administrator Eric Sterman said. But a final decision had not yet been made at the time the Call went to press due to Presidents Day.

Developer Dr. George Despotis previously requested in early February that aldermen vote in March on the bank. He also asked that the board vote on the latest plan from Pulte Homes with a bank and subdivision in April.

For years, the tornado-damaged Court Drive residential neighborhood has been targeted for commercial development by Despotis because of its prime location along South Lindbergh Boulevard. But residents have fought back against the commercialization of their neighborhood and have called for houses to be built instead.

Pulte is proposing a mixed-use development on Court Drive, combining a new neighborhood of 20 attached single-family villas with a new bank to be built on property owned by Des Peres developer Despotis. Despotis’ requested delay was also due to the December death of the proposal’s attorney, John King.

Final approval of either plan requires a supermajority — or six votes — of the board since both were denied by the Planning and Zoning Commission in separate decisions last year.