County planning commission to host hearing on Mehlville apartment complex project

MEHLVILLE, MO (KPLR) – A proposal for major apartment development in unincorporated south St. Louis County is getting the thumbs up from the county council.  But a big thumbs down from many neighbors.

It's even got the attention of the Mehlville Fire Protection District.

Around 2,000 south county residents have already signed a petition urging the St. Louis County Council to deny approval for the 232 unit complex.

The complex would be building in what's now a wood area at the intersection of Tesson Ferry and Bauer Road.

The lot is surrounded by single family homes.

Residents opposed to the development believe it would make a congested area even more congested and cause traffic problems.

The St. Louis County Planning Commission is meeting Monday night to hold a hearing on the controversial development.

The proposal is going through the process a second time.

In August before a large turnout by residents, the county council voted 4 to 3 in favor of the complex.  The vote was then withdrawn due to a technical matter.

The Mehlville Fire Protection District covers that area of South County and has asked the planning commission for a 30 day delay so it can give the proposal a full review to determine its impact on public safety.

The Mehlville School District also worries about the impact of additional students to the district.

The hearing is set for 7 pm.