A proposed four-story hotel, opposed by nearby St. Peters residents, that wasn’t approved by the city’s Board of Aldermen last month may not have gone away.
The board voted 4-2 in favor of a special use permit at its Feb. 23 meeting to allow a proposed 82-room Holiday Inn Express and Suites to be built in a 3.5-acre commercially zoned lot along Interstate 70. But the measure failed because it needed five votes from the eight-member board in order to pass.
After that meeting, HIE St. Peters LLC, the permit applicant, filed a petition seeking board approval of a bill listing findings of fact and conclusions of law stating reasons for denial of the permit. The city’s code states that the board can approve findings of fact and conclusions at the next meeting after board rejection or “failure of the bill to pass.”
The petition, although it was listed on the board’s March 9 meeting agenda, was withdrawn, city officials said.
Alderman David Thomas [Ward 1] noted that the withdrawal means that the city, for now, will not be considering a special use permit required for a hotel to be built on the site. But he said that the last paragraph of the letter notes that HIE plans to submit a new special use permit request for a hotel at the site in the future. He said any request will have to be considered by the city’s planning and zoning commission, with a recommendation sent to the board for a final decision.
Thomas, who voted against the permit last month, said he still would love to see the hotel in the city. However, he encouraged residents to make their case to the commission and board if a new special use permit request is filed.
The lot is on the southwest corner of Veterans Memorial Parkway and Richmond Center Boulevard, near the Richmond subdivision whose residents turned out in force at the Feb. 23 board meeting urging the city to reject the proposal at this site. They said increased traffic jeopardized children and may bring crime to their neighborhood. An early childhood center for the Fort Zumwalt School District, which is expected to open next fall, sits across Richmond Center Drive from the proposed hotel.