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Vote postponed again for Highway K apartments

Bill No. 7302, sponsored by Ward 2 council members Tom “Duke” Herweck and Lisa Thompson would authorize rezoning of 7.07 acres of undeveloped land at Hwy. K and Route 364, to enable the construction of a 99 unit apartment development including two 27-unit buildings, three 15-unit buildings, plus a clubhouse and a pool. The development would be named “Highway K Apartments.”

Source: City of O’Fallon

The land is adjacent to the existing Pheasant Point subdivision.

The Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) had recommended denial of the rezoning request.

The second reading and vote for passage of the rezoning bill originally was scheduled for the April 8 council meeting, but at the request of the sponsors was tabled until the April 22 meeting. At that meeting, the bill was tabled until the May 13 meeting, this time at the request of the developer.

At the May 13 meeting, again at the request of the developer, the bill was tabled once more until the June 10 council meeting.

Beginning in P&Z meetings and continuing in council meetings, residents of the adjacent Pheasant Pointe subdivision and other interested homeowners have strongly opposed this development via statements made in emails, citizen comments, and statements during public hearings. Objections include the belief that the narrow land parcel is insufficient for such a large apartment complex, the intersection at Hwy. K would be too busy and dangerous, and the property values in Pheasant Pointe would decline.

Highway K Apartments would be developed by ILI Communities. They previously developed the Altair brand, including Altair at the Preserve on Phoenix Parkway in Winghaven, and Altair at the Heights in Richmond Heights.

Mid Rivers Newsmagazine had published detailed stories about the proposed development on March 31 and April 12.

Highway K Apartments location map (source: City of O’Fallon)
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