The applicant has requested rezoning from C2/General Business District to R4/Apartment House District, in order to construct “Highway K Apartments,” containing 99 dwelling units in five buildings (two 27-unit buildings and three 15-unit buildings), plus a clubhouse and pool.
This rezoning request was added to the March 25 City Council agenda at the request of Ward 2 council members Tom “Duke” Herweck and Lisa Thompson, for a first reading as Bill No. 7302, authorizing the rezoning.
This item was tabled by P&Z at its Dec. 3, 2020, Jan. 7, 2021, and Feb. 4, 2021, meetings. On March 4, 2021, P&Z held a public hearing and considered a recommendation to the city council regarding this rezoning. That request was tabled and the public hearing was continued until the April 1, 2021, P&Z meeting. After that time, P&Z will provide their findings and a revised version of Bill No. 7302 may be submitted for the second reading and potential vote for passage at the April 8 council meeting.
The developer, ILI Communities, is seeking rezoning of undeveloped land adjacent to the intersection of Hwy. K and Route 364, almost directly east from the South Outer Road and Hwy. K traffic signal. The undeveloped land is adjacent to the existing Pheasant Pointe single-family home subdivision.
P&Z had found that the location provides challenges for access, and that limits the commercial use options for the property. P&Z also believes the configuration of the lot could make commercial development difficult for this site.
A MoDOT traffic study indicated the planned intersection additions and improvements would support the additional vehicles from the proposed 99-unit apartment complex.
Six homeowners from Pheasant Pointe submitted seven emails to the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), opposing the apartment development because:
- The land parcel is too narrow.
- There will be too much noise.
- The development is too dense for the allotted land.
- The development will decrease their property values.
- The new intersection on Hwy. K will be too dangerous.
- There will be too much traffic.
One resident from Pheasant Pointe, Denise Whitney, spoke about this proposed rezoning during citizen comments at the March 25 council meeting. Whitney said she and Pheasant Pointe have been there for 43 years, since 1978, when Hwy. K was just two lanes. She said after all of the changes over the years, she does not want to look out her window now and see this huge complex directly behind her. She asked the council to disapprove the rezoning.
ILI Communities developed the Altair brand, including Altair at the Preserve on Phoenix Parkway in Winghaven, and Altair at the Heights in Richmond Heights.