Controversial development in Maryland Heights close to becoming reality - KMOV.com

Controversial development in Maryland Heights close to becoming reality

(KMOV) -- Plans to move ahead with a controversial zoning project in Maryland Heights was approved Tuesday evening by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The pending project proposes building big retail stores on 191 acres of underdeveloped land along the Maryland Heights Expressway, just west of Creve Coeur Park.

Many residents near the proposed building site in Maryland Heights and Creve Coeur are upset over the development. Some have even gone as far as signing petitions and printing t-shirts to express their opposition to the development.

The Planning and Zoning Commission says they have listened to the hundreds of residents' oppositions to the planned development.

Currently the commission has voted to move along with the project; the council wants the city planner to come back later this month with more details addressing traffic concerns and economic impact.

If approved, the plan will go to the city council early next month.

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