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Lake Saint Louis aldermen approve office building despite neighbor’s concerns

After hearing neighbors’ worries regarding landscaping, the Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen approved an amended preliminary development plan that will allow a new office building at the intersection of Northshire Lane and Prospect Road.

The board approved a bill at its Feb. 21 meeting that will require tree and other plantings on the north side of the property to shield the building from the view of nearby subdivision residents and modified a recommendation from the city’s planning and zoning commission for other plantings.

The plan deals with the subdivision of a 2.58-acre tract at the northwest corner of Northshire Lane and Prospect Road into three lots to be known as the Prospect West subdivision. The bill also approves a site plan and a special use permit for a new 13,568-square-foot office building on one lot.

Property owner Steve Marion is developing the building for his company, Premier Civil Engineering, and said he wanted to provide landscaping on the north side of his property. However, he also said he did not want to provide a “half moon” screening of landscaping on the northeast section of property as suggested by the planning and zoning commission.

Residents who attended the meeting had mixed feelings toward the new building. Jesse Moran said he was disappointed with having an office building so close to his home.

“My home, along with at least nine other homes will have an office building and parking lot staring at us when we walk out our back door,” Moran said. He added that, if he sells his home, his property values will be affected adversely. There also are privacy and safety issues, he said.

Board members discussed whether to require or waive landscaping requirements, including the planning and zoning commission’s recommendation. They agreed on a 4-0 vote, with Aldermen Gary Torlina [Ward 1] and Jason Law [Ward 3] absent, to amend the ordinance such that it requires Marion to place landscaping along the north side of his property, but not the half moon of landscaping.

“I can make this easy; I’ll follow the ordinance to the letter,” Marion said.

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