Dardenne Prairie residents divided over possible development - KMOV.com

Dardenne Prairie residents divided over possible development

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(KMOV.com) – Some residents of Dardenne Prairie are trying to stop a project that would allow development on land near the intersection of Bryan Road and Feise Road.

The land is currently owned by the Bopp Family, which is trying to come up with a plan with a developer. The city of Dardenne Prairie recently gave the family more time to develop a plan and begin construction.

“This is America, the people that own the ground have the right to sell it. That doesn’t mean it’s going to happen as they have envisioned it,” said Dardenne Prairie Mayor Pam Fogarty, who supported an extension.

Many nearby residents in the Bainbridge neighborhood are not opposed to the land being used for commercial development, but are concerned about the size. They believe the proposed development would cover roughly half of the 175 acre plot.

“The problem is that everybody has said over and over again it is such an expensive property, a property that would be larger than the two outlet malls in Chesterfield combined,” said Elliott Stipes with the Bainbridge Board of Trustees.

Bainbridge residents said those in their neighborhood are not the only ones opposed the project. They also said that three aldermen who voted against an extension were elected after publically opposing a large development.

“I think it really goes back to how the community voted in last year’s election and when I say look at the results in Wards 1, 2, 3. All of those aldermen won with a 2/3 majority,” said resident Scott Waddington.

Fogarty said a loan will not be given out for development unless tenants are lined up.

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