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New University City mayor speaks about proposed development at Olive near I-170

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UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The new mayor of University City is speaking out about a controversial proposed development on Olive near I-170.

Mayor Terry Crowe says he knows opinions are mixed on the plan, which calls for a redevelopment of an area that is made up by a strip center and homes.

“We are listening, we really are,” says Crowe.

Beloved restaurants are being forced to close and homeowners who have spent decades in their homes are faced with a tough decision.

The Gardner family, says they love neighborhood but that the developer has offered them almost double what their home is worth, so they are taking the deal.

“We’ve lived here a long time. We loved the neighborhood, it is a real quiet spot but it’s also a great opportunity,” said Declan Gardner.

Another resident says it is hard to put a price on memories.

Crowe says the city is offering relocation help and also said the eminent domain will not be used on any occupied homes.

He also says he is listening to community members who are asking for a community benefit agreement, which is a list of guarantees such as hiring University City residents and paying a living wage during construction.

Rumors have been going around that a Costco will be part of the new development, something Crowe said he cannot confirm.

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