By Anne Allred
DARDENNE PRAIRIE, Mo. (KSDK) - A group of St. Charles County residents left the Dardenne Prairie Board of Alderman meeting disappointed Wednesday night.
More than 200 people gathered to show their opposition to re-zoning an 11-acre lot near the Barathaven subdivision from commercial to high density residential. Local developers including Paul McKee want to develop a 240-unit apartment complex on the site.
McKee is widely known for his controversial Northside Regeneration Project involving north St. Louis.
A final vote on the possible re-zoning was scheduled for the Board of Alderman meeting Wednesday night. Many people in opposition to the complex wore matching blue t-shirts while 15 passionate residents spoke unfavorably about the complex during the public comment portion of the meeting.
They worry an apartment complex would put a strain on city services and increase traffic. They also argue keeping the site zoned as commercial would allow business to move in and create permanent jobs as well as tax revenue for the town.
However, attorneys for the developers requested a continuance saying they needed time to collect more information and talk to the City of Dardenne Prairie.
The Board of Alderman requested that delay at the end of the meeting with a 4-2 vote. Some Barathaven residents worry the developers are trying to delay as a tactic to achieve their goal.
"I think they're waiting for that opportunity when no one is going to be here and stretch this as far as they can and wait until a day that half the people are here and then vote on it at that time," said Barathaven resident Tim Bryles.
Paul McKee was not present at the meeting but his attorneys declined to comment.
The vote is now scheduled for the next Board of Alderman meeting on Oct. 2.