ST. PETERS (KMOV) - Homeowners in a St. Peters neighborhood are concerned about a proposed hotel opening off Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Residents in the Richmond Center subdivision say their biggest worry is for the safety of the children.

"When you put a hotel which attracts strangers into a residential neighborhood and across from a school you lose a sense of control over who is in and out of your neighborhood," said Brynn Palmer who's lived in the neighborhood for 10 years.

They've collected 175 signatures to turn into the St. Peters Board of Aldermen expressing their protest of the hotel.

The plan is an 81-room Holiday Inn Express for the empty lot at Richmond Center Blvd. The planning and zoning commission approved the proposal, but now it needs approval by the Board of Alderman for a special use permit. It is already zoned commercial but needs a specific permit for hotel construction.

There was a similar hotel planned and approved in 2009 but nothing was ever built. The planning and zoning commission wrote this new hotel "will be a strong addition to the area and good economic development for the city."

Palmer said she doesn't have a problem with development, she just doesn't want a hotel.

"Whether its retail, whether its office, whether its some kind of food establishment, that will have people coming in and out of the community. It will be a service to the community," said Palmer. "We're very supportive of the tax revenue but we don't think you can put a price on the heads of our children's safety."

The Board of Alderman will vote on the issue Thursday night.

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