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South County residents give officials earful over proposed apartment complex

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South County Wendy Antalick addresses the St. Louis County Council over a proposed apartment complex near Tesson Ferry and Bauer Road. Credit: KMOV South County Wendy Antalick addresses the St. Louis County Council over a proposed apartment complex near Tesson Ferry and Bauer Road. Credit: KMOV
SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) -

South County residents opposed to construction of a proposed apartment complex made their thoughts known at a St. Louis County Council meeting Tuesday night.

At the center of the meeting is a proposed 230-unit apartment complex that, if approved, would be built near the intersection of Tesson Ferry and Bauer Roads. Some believe the complex would lead to traffic problems and more crime.

“Why isn’t this zoned for residential housing? Honestly, we wouldn’t be here talking to you if they were putting houses up. We want houses, not apartments,” said Robert Mense, resident.

Those who spoke about the proposal had their time limited from the usual three minutes to one minute.

Many residents showed up and focused their ire on Councilman Mark O’Leary, who represents South County on the County Council. He is believed to be a supporter of the apartment complex.

“Mr. O’Leary, shame on you!” said resident Wendy Antalick. “You never once asked your constituents ‘what do you want?’ It’s simple, we want homes and not apartments. We have enough apartments in the area.”

O’Leary did not comment on the project, but requested that a vote on it not be taken Tuesday night. The project may still come up for a vote at a later date.

Some residents feel a delay gives them more time to stop the project.

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