There is some confusion about what happened at the last Planning Commission meeting. The commission was expected to vote up or down on Maryland Pointe, but they found a middle road. They asked the city's planning staff to develop a third option by coming up with a list of conditions the developers would have to meet if the commission voted to "approve the proposal with conditions."
At the Oct. 25 meeting, the Planning Commission WILL vote one of three ways:
3. Approval with conditions
Public pressure IS having an impact on the process! Show up on Oct. 25 and urge the commission to deny the Maryland Pointe proposal. It is easy to ignore people you can't see. We need to make sure they see a packed house of concerned citizens.
The direction of development in Maryland Heights will be largely determined on Tuesday, October 11, when the Maryland Heights Planning Commission votes on the Maryland Pointe proposal to put 191 acres of big-box retail and fast food joints next to Creve Coeur Park. They have three options:
1. Deny the conceptual development plan
2. Approve the conceptual development plan
3. Approve the conceptual development plan with conditions
The first option is really the only acceptable one. If the CONCEPT is wrong, no amount of dressing up with conditions, market studies, etc., will make it any better. Do we want big-box retail next to Creve Coeur Park? NO we do not. Deny this concept and let's move on to creating the kind of community we DO want.
Drop by the St. Louis Bread Company at Westport this Saturday morning from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. and get up to speed on what's happening with the Maryland Pointe development. Whether you've been tracking this issue since 2008 or just found out about it, we'd love to answer your questions.
We'll have flyers for the 9/27 Planning Commission meeting, petitions, and t-shirts for sale. Come grab a cup of joe and meet some folks who share your concern/passion about stopping regional retail development near Creve Coeur Park.
Developers of Maryland Pointe, in the front row, looked a tad uncomfortable when the audience stood to reveal through pictures the multitude of commercial vacancies already available in the area.
An overflow crowd with standing room only -- fueled overwhelmingly by people opposing the Maryland Pointe development -- filled the government chambers tonight. A succession of area residents spoke passionately for an hour on why this development must not be allowed to proceed.
The highlight of the evening occurred when one speaker illustrated the amount of commercial vacancies already present in the area in a slide presentation, followed by a majority of attendees standing and holding pictures of actual buildings and "for rent/sale" signs to drive the point home.
Also noteworthy were the "boos" attracted by the developers' Armstrong Teasdale attorney when he implied the audience wasn't informed on the planning process. In case he is confused or mistaken, hear this: Yes we are.
If you think the Maryland Pointe development can't be stopped, think again. All it takes is public participation -- that would be you -- in the process. Public officials really can't do the job of representing us if we never say what we want. Now is the time.
The public hearing for Maryland Pointe has been delayed FOUR times. Could it be the developers know they need all their ducks in a row to present to the Planning Commission on August 23? Even then, it won't be enough.
This development is bad for Maryland Heights, bad for the region, bad for Creve Coeur Park. This is the time when your voice can makes a difference, for generations to come.