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Vote for Highway K Apartments delayed for last time

Bill No. 7302, sponsored by Ward 2 council members Tom “Duke” Herweck and Lisa Thompson has been tabled for what the council says will be the last time.

The bill would authorize the rezoning of 7.07 acres of undeveloped land at Hwy. K and Route 364 to enable the construction of a 99-unit apartment development. Included would be two 27-unit buildings, three 15-unit buildings, a clubhouse and a pool. The development would be named Highway K Apartments and developed by ILI Communities. The company previously developed Altair at the Preserve on Phoenix Parkway in Winghaven and Altair at the Heights in Richmond Heights.

Source: City of O’Fallon

The subject land is adjacent to the existing Pheasant Point subdivision and has met with concerns from nearby residents. 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.

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

A second reading and vote for passage on the bill has been tabled four times (three times by the developer). At the June 10 council meeting, council member Debbie Cook (Ward 5) asked if there is a limit to the number of times a bill can be tabled at the request of the applicant. She noted that several audience members and citizen comments speakers who keep attending meeting after meeting to speak in opposition to the rezoning. 

Mayor Bill Hennessy clarified that an applicant has a limit of three requests for delay, so on June 24 the council must vote to approve or deny the bill or the developer must withdraw the rezoning request.

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