Oakville senior housing debate goes to county council

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OAKVILLE, MO (KTVI)– The St. Louis County Council heard form supporters and opponents of a controversial housing project involving low income seniors.

National Church Residences is already building the 3-story facility along Telegraph Rd.

The project has already been approved once, but residents complained they were never given proper notice about the proposed zoning change.

The council will once again consider a recommendation from the St. Louis County Planning Commission to move forward on the project.  No action was taken Thursday night.

Many Oakville residents have been outspoken in their opposition.  They say hundreds of notification cards were mailedbut only a handful of residents received them.  They have threatened a lawsuit if the project moves forward.

An NCR spokeswoman said the company is legally obligated by its agreement with HUD to move forward on the project.

Complaints have ranged from concerns over crime to concerns over whether the 1.44 acres of land is big enough for the 3-story facility.

NCR has issued a response to the many questions that have been raised.  Click here for the link.

The response contains NCR`s agreement with HUD.  Some opponents believe the document was altered.   An NCR spokeswoman calls the accusation ridiculous.

Opponents also accuse NCR of providing inaccurate market research suggesting a need for low income senior housing in Oakville.  NCR stands by the research.

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