Battle brewing between St. Charles and Maryland Heights over development backed by Kroenke

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ST.  CHARLES, MO (KTVI) - A combination of flood plain problems and Stan Kroenke have blood boiling in St. Charles County, and it could lead the council there to file suit against Maryland Heights.

At issue is a development moving forward in Maryland Heights in an area along the river that St. Charles officials say interferes with the flood plain.  They say continued development along the river on the St. Louis County side is cutting into property values upstream and across the Missouri.

“Maryland Heights should be ashamed of themselves,” St. Charles County Councilman Joe Brazil said. “This is an insult.  It’s wrong to your neighbors.”

Another council member, Mike Klinghammer, says it’s pretty simple to figure out.

“Anything that happens on one side of the river affects the other side.  It’s just common sense.  I think that we need to be very cautious about any development in the flood plains.  It pushes the water somewhere.”

The water issues are bad enough, but when you throw in the fact that Stan Kroenke is providing much of the money behind the massive proposed mixed use development, and people get more upset.

“Kicked us in the crotch once, right?” Brazil asked rhetorically about Kroenke.  “So now what we’re gonna do is give this guy tax money for one of his investments to kick us in the crotch twice.  What do they call that?”

Kroenke’s lack of popularity anywhere in metro St. Louis could play role in the politics of all this, though the plan is moving forward in Maryland Heights.  But in St. Charles they’re already talking about suing due to the river issues.

“We’re not gonna let ‘em do it,” said before the council passed a resolution opposing the project. “ I’ll tell you that.  We’re gonna do whatever we can to stop it.”

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