First, the vote was not unanimous. Commissioner Mark Madden voted against the resolution and received a standing ovation for it.
Second, we applaud the conditions put forth by the city. They set the bar for the developer very high in such categories as transportation, site design and stormwater management. 'If you're going to build there, you're going to make it state of the art' is the message.
The sustained voices of residents have made a big difference already in the quality of the ideas that will be proposed in the next step, the preliminary development plan. There is no time estimate of when the developer will return with the plan. But in the meantime, there is more work to be done to make sure we don't face similar disastrous proposals in the future.
Showing up and working together, we can continue to make Maryland Heights a better place to live.