Brentwood resident says proposed apartment entrance endangers home; 600-plus have signed petition

For almost 20 years Matthew Bowman’s family has put up with the occasional flooding on Dorothy Avenue near Manchester Road in Brentwood. He’s looking forward to a solution which the city’s Brentwood Bound project might offer, but he says a change in the plan reroutes an apartment entrance down a hill, and aimed at his house.

He has started an online petition to ask the Brentwood Board of Aldermen to stick with the original plan, which he says is nearly complete, safer, more economical. There are currently more than 600 signers.

He has spoken at alderman meetings to explain their safety concerns but Brentwood is still only considering this plan, referred to as the Van Mark Way Dorothy plan, he said in an email to 40 South.

He said Brentwood originally was going to connect the apartments by extending Mary Avenue, a plan that wouldn’t add an extra intersection and not aim a street at a house. The “Mary” plan was the plan that was voted on when Brentwood approved Brentwood Bound. It was only later that Brentwood decided to change the plan, he said.

From the petition: (link to the petition)

In 2019, Brentwood voters approved the $80 million Brentwood Bound project to resolve the flooding issues while adding amenities like parks, walking paths and green space. Fast forward to March 2020 when the City approved a plan to rip out the walking path across from our residence and build a steep road directed at our property as a relocation solution to a large apartment complex entrance! Picture approximately 200 cars, each day, driving down a hill towards our home, in all kinds of weather. MoDOT, staff, experts, our family and our neighbors had many problems with this plan, including very real safety concerns. Yet, the Board approved this design over another plan that was nearly 100% complete and determined as the safer, more economical option!

Join us in saying NO WAY to the current Brentwood Bound Van Mark Way Dorothy Avenue design (the link below includes a visual of the current plan). The City needs to choose a different plan that does not harm ANY resident’s quality of life, sense of safety and property values!!

The view of the apartments from Bowman’s house. Photo via the petition.

The Bowman’s house viewed from the apartments. Also the location of the proposed apartment entrance, connecting to Dorothy Avenue.

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