Second Hearing Held Over Low Income Housing Development

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OAKVILLE, MO (KTVI) -- There was big turnout in Clayton on Monday from opponents of a low income housing project for seniors in south St. Louis County.  The St. Louis County Planning Commission took public comment about the project for a second time.

The project is already underway, but has been put on hold because of an outcry of opposition.  Many residents say the county failed to give proper notification of a vote that changed the zoning that allowed the project to be built.

Opposition appears to be centered on the size of the project.  The 3-story building would sit next to Goddard school on Telegraph Rd. in south St. Louis County.

One speaker said she didn`t think children should be playing near a dumpster that would be filled with soiled undergarments and medical syringes.

Supporters of the project say there is a big need for low income housing for seniors in the south St. Louis County area.  Some of the residents opposed to the measure argue that Oakville is not a low income community.

The non-profit group that would run the facility is National Church Residences.  A company representative said she`s surprised by the opposition. Employees and a resident of an NCR facility spoke in favor of the project.

They told the commission that children from the school and seniors from the facility would enjoy the proximity to each other.

An NCR representative at Monday`s meeting said that other developers have told her that St. Louis County cannot stop the project after it was approved.

One opponent said it didn`t matter whether it was a housing unit for billionaires, there just isn`t room for a 3-story building, with 44 one bedroom units, on a site approximately and acre and a half in size.

The St. Louis County Planning Commission will make its recommendation public in approximately 2 weeks through this website.

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