Victory Christian Academy requests CUP for new school building

Other March public hearings include vehicle storage lot


By Erin Achenbach, News Editor

The St. Louis County Planning Commission will consider two plans in South County at its public hearing March 20, including a request for a conditional use permit for a school and a request for amended C-8 commercial zoning for vehicle storage.

The public hearing is Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the County Council chambers at the St. Louis County Government Center in Clayton, 41 S. Central Ave.

The first public hearing is a CUP request from Victory Christian Academy to construct a new school building on 3.88 acres at 802 S. Kinswood Lane in Oakville. The petition is in the 6th District of Councilman Ernie Trakas and the Mehlville School District.

Victory Christian Academy is a private Christian school founded in St. Louis city in 1975. It started out serving younger grades before building up to a high school that closed in the 1990s. Since then, the school has moved to various locations including Lemay and Arnold. In 2020, the school partnered with Canaan Baptist Church, 5409 Baumgartner Road, to relaunch the high school beginning with ninth grade, with the goal to add a grade each year to achieve grades nine through 12th by the 2023-2024 school year. Currently all grade levels meet at the church.

The other public hearing in South County is a request for amended C-8 commercial zoning for a vehicle storage lot on .61 acres at 11616 Concord Village Ave. The request from Leta Ventures LLC, part of the Frank Leta Automotive Group, is in the Lindbergh Schools district and 6th County Council District. The property will only be used to park vehicles — there will be no new building construction or subsequent vehicle sales from the site.

Frank Leta has two dealerships nearby, Frank Leta Acura at 11777 Tesson Ferry Road and a pre-owned dealership at 11700 Baptist Church Road.

The commission will also hear two other public hearings at the March 20 meeting, one for amended C-8 zoning for a package liquor store at 11501 New Halls Ferry Road in the 4th County Council District, as well as a request to convert R-2 residential to C-8 commercial for a landscape contractor’s office with outdoor storage on Treston Avenue in the 2nd County Council District.