Construction will soon begin in the southern part of O’Fallon for the new Watermark Apartments complex.
At the Nov. 14 O’Fallon City Council meeting, Bill No. 7133, sponsored by Ward 3 council members Dale Kling and Nathan Bibb, was given its second reading. Bibb moved and the council approved two amendments to the bill, to address additional actions required to be done by the developer to alleviate growth-caused traffic problems on Crusher Drive, Weldon Springs Road and Technology Drive.
This bill attracted about 45 people to the council audience, from which four individuals spoke in opposition to loss of commercial land to residential use, the potential use of non-local contract labor and a possible rise in crime.
Prior to the council vote, city staff and the Planning & Zoning Commission had recommended approval of the rezoning on the grounds that the proposed use is consistent with similar uses in the area and could potentially enhance the marketability of existing undeveloped commercial out lots in close vicinity.
The council then voted by roll call on the bill. Council members who voted in favor of the bill included its sponsors, Kling and Bibb, along with Dave Hinman [Ward 1], Jim Ottomeyer [Ward 4], Deana Smith [Ward 1]. Council members Tom “Duke” Herweck [Ward 2], Mike Pheney [Ward 5], Debbie Cook [Ward 5], Jeff Kuehn [Ward 4] and Rose Mack [Ward 2] voted in opposition. Mayor Bill Hennessy then broke the 5-5 tie by voting in favor of the bill.
The bill rezones about 17.092 acres of the 19.112-acre tract of undeveloped land at 1147 Technology Drive from C-2 PUD [General Business District Planned Unit Development] to R-4 [Apartment House District]. The property is owned by Delmar Gardens at Persimmon Point.
The plat and site plans cover a multi-family residential development with 316 dwelling units. The remaining 2.02 acres remain zoned as C-2 PUD. The property fronts on Weldon Springs Road and Crusher Road, where there already are two existing apartment developments adjacent to the rezoning area.
Adjacent land parcels include Southernside Apartments to the north, Persimmon Point Commercial to the south, Laboure Centre Commercial to the east and Sleep Inn to the west.