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Ellisville Walmart Public Hearing Today

After the planning and zoning commission's favorable vote, it is now in the hands of the council whether or not the Walmart development moves forward.

Tonight, Ellisville residents will have another chance to voice their opinions on the Walmart development when the Ellisville City Council holds a public hearing at 7 p.m. to address the Sansone Group’s petition for a conditional use permit to work on the project.

The conditional use permit is necessary because the store would exceed 50,000 square feet, it would have multiple-tenant space, a portion of the storefront would raise above 30 feet and the store plans on selling liquor, including Sunday sales.

The petition comes with the favorable vote of the planning and zoning commission, which means only a simple majority of the board is needed to approve the project.

, with Mayor Adam Paul and Councilmember Michelle Murray voting against it.

"For you all not to listen to the people who put you in office is wrong," Paul said at that meeting, addressing council members who voted in favor of the Walmart. "Shame on you."

Residents have been divided on the Walmart issue, with a majority of residents at public meetings expressing discontent over the development.

You can find the agenda for tonight’s council meeting here.

John July 18, 2012 at 01:27 PM
“Residents have been divided on the Walmart issue, with a majority of residents at public meetings expressing discontent over the development.” That has got to be the biggest understatement of the year. Most council meetings the ratio is greater than 10 to 1 against. As for the question “Will the Ellisville City Council Approve Walmart's Special Use Permit Request?” What makes anyone think the city council will start listening to their constituents? It looks like it will take a little time for them to start listening. But they eventually will. It will take removing them one at a time. John
Ethos July 18, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Hahaha. The "majority" are the 9,500 residents that stay at home knowing and expecting Wal-Mart to be built. The majority can't wait for the new businesses that will come in with this project. The majority expects the city to do something about the empty car lots and guess what, they are. The only opposition is the highly feared A9A group and their threat of recalling two members, one of which is being termed out anyway. By the time the next election rolls around, new businesses will be being built at the intersection of Schmidt Avenue and A9A Parkway. Wal-Mart is coming.
John July 18, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Ethos, “The "majority" are the 9,500 residents that stay at home knowing and expecting Wal-Mart to be built.” I agree. I expect the Walmart to be built also. “The majority expects the city to do something about the empty car lots and guess what, they are. “ No the city is not doing anything about the empty car lots. This development will still leave two car lots empty. For some reason people think the empty lots will be occupied. Wrong. “The only opposition is the highly feared A9A group and their threat of recalling two members, one of which is being termed out anyway.” Wrong again. I am not knowledgeable about what A9A is doing regarding the recall but I do know people are working on recalling more than two. John
E. Schmidt July 18, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Yes, John. The recall effort has more than two electeds as a goal. >>>No the city is not doing anything about the empty car lots. This development will still leave two car lots empty. For some reason people think the empty lots will be occupied. Wrong.<<< Some members of the city council did an excellent job of duping the majority of Ellisville residents into thinking this Walmart project would do away with the two largest empty car lots which is not the case. Many people are waking up to the fact that they were misled and in some cases lied to by certain members of the city council.
JS July 18, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Another deserving defeat for the self-proclaimed majority! Good! I'm pleased to see that common sense (on the part of the City Council and the Zoning and Planning Commission) overrides irrational hysteria!
Sandra Eskridge July 19, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Are those two empty car lots purchased by Walmart for future development? If not, perhaps the City could approach business office developers to erect office buildings that could pull administrative jobs into the community. Perhaps businesses/retail establishments that are already in the community could place their business offices here as well. This would increase job opportunities outside of the retail field which seems to be overwhelming this area now. Higher paying administrative jobs would mean greater purchasing potential at the retail sites already here and more income tax money into all coffers.
Charles Pavlack July 19, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Ms Eskridge, the two lots between the Walmart property and the corner of Kiefer Creek and Clarkson will be part of a Phase 2 development. I don't think that Sansone has purchased them. (Walmart doesn't own the lot they're building on; Sansone does.) The city would have to see what a developer comes forward with, but my understanding is that the vision is for a mixed use development, maybe a town center type of development. To the best of my knowledge, that portion of the redevelopment area has not gone out for proposal yet. It has been said a number of times that there were a number of businesses expressing interest in the vacant properties in Ellisville, pending the outcome of the Walmart application. Maybe as that moves toward final approvals, we'll find out what some of those businesses are.
Sandra Eskridge July 19, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Charles, thanks for the clarifying info. Interesting that Walmart does not own the lots they are building on. In that respect, I would think that it is just going to be like any outdoor strip mall that Sansone (landlord/commercial R.E.developer) can fill with zoning applicable tenants now and in the future. Walmart's footprint will just be bigger at this juncture, but may not be a footprint at all in the future. I'll need to do a bit more research on what town center developments include--city offices, more retail, some business offices, RESIDENTIAL, etc? Again, thanks for your input.

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