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Ellisville Walmart Development Facts and Myths: Part 4

Patch sat down with Ellisville city officials to confirm or dispel some of the myths surrounding the controversial development. Part four of a series.

The Clarkchester Apartments and Eminent Domain

On May 25, to protest a developer’s takeover of their living quarters.

The developer, Sansone Group, plans on purchasing the lot of land where the apartments currently stand and combine it with an empty lot next to it to build a Walmart.

Several residents accused the city of Ellisville and the Sansone Group of engaging in the "threat of eminent domain" in order to take over the apartments.

Ellisville Finance Director Don Cary said, however, that there is no such threat of eminent domain.

Cary said all of the property owners of Clarkchester Apartments negotiated directly with the Sansone Group, and thus the purchase of the apartments does not constitute eminent domain.

In addition, the that would go toward each occupant of the apartment from the $1,000 required by law to $2,000. Residents may also chose the Sansone Group to pay for moving costs instead of receiving the cash.

At the end of the day, Cary said, it came down to a decision between the property owners and the Sansone Group—a decision in which the city took no part.

"The property owners (of Clarkchester Apartments) are business people, and as such they do have a right to sell their property if they wish," Cary said.

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Writer's note: Since the Walmart development project was presented to the Ellisville City Council in April, rumors surrounding its design, size and effects on the community have surfaced in the comments section of this site, in social media and during public hearings.

In an attempt to clarify what is known, what is a myth and what is unknown about the Walmart development, Ballwin-Ellisville Patch met with Ada Hood, planning director; Bill Schwer, public works director; and Don Cary, finance director, to discuss the project.

Stay tuned for Part 5 of the series.

mike k August 22, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Oh please, now we're expected to believe Walmart caused this poor persons death. This is as bad as the Democrates blaming Romney for that woman's death because her husband lost his job because of big bad Bain Capital. Trouble was, the woman had health insurance for two years after her husband lost his job and died five years after Romney left Bain.
mike k August 22, 2012 at 10:30 PM
September 5th, second reading, Walmart project will be approved and there is nothing you can do to stop it. Better start packing your bags.
Ethos August 23, 2012 at 02:35 AM
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E. Schmidt August 23, 2012 at 11:07 AM
The Threat of Eminent Domain is not only in the 06-15-11 Preliminary Funding Agreement, it is also in the actual Development Agreement on p. 10, Section 3.2 Condemnation, paragraph (a). So, there is another document right there at City Hall that Mr. Cary can grab and read when he has some time.
Ellisville Resident Dist. One August 23, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Well Mike, better break out your wallet because you are going to be paying extra in sales taxes and lining Sam Walton's pockets some more. Keep up this foolish behavior Mike and you'll be needing affordable property such as Clarkchester Apts. Heck, I got a new shed I need built... will you pay for that too???

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