Sunset Hills residents mount opposition to QT

A group of Sunset Hills residents is mounting opposition to a proposal to construct a convenience store with gas pumps at the east commuter lot at Kennerly and Weber Hill roads, formerly owned by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

City officials recently received QuikTrip’s proposal for the 5,773-square-foot convenience store with eight, single per island, dual-faced gasoline pumps.

Based on their preliminary review of the proposal, city officials say there is no plan to cut off Weber Hill as an access route between Highway 30 and Kennerly.

But representatives of the Kennerly/Gravois/Weber Hill Citizens’ Group oppose the proposal, saying it would create traffic congestion, provide little value to residents and disturb the residential setting of their neighborhood.

Opponents also question the Board of Aldermen’s unanimous decision to adopt an ordinance approving a cooperation agreement between the city and Sansone Group.

The measure, approved in July 2012, gave Sansone exclusive development rights for the commuter parking lots.

The duration of the pact was 18 months.

In December, aldermen voted unanimously to extend the agreement with Sansone until Jan. 10, 2015. City Attorney Robert E. Jones told the board in January that the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved the sale of the commuter lots to Sansone. As proposed, Sansone will construct a new 9.5-acre commuter lot at Rahning and Highway 30.

Aldermen planned to discuss QuikTrip’s proposal during a work session Tuesday night ­— after the Call went to press.

The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission will conduct a public hearing on the proposal at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, in the gymnasium of the Community Center, 3915 S. Lindbergh Blvd.