Richmond Heights planning and zoning has considered a multi-family, multi-use development on Boland Place, north of Dale Avenue in previous meetings. At its meeting Thursday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m., the vote should come.
Some residents near the site are opposed.
Richmond Heights resident, Derek Bolden, is one of those, and contacted his neighbors on the community website Nextdoor to rally them to the planning and zoning meeting on Thursday. Other neighbors have called the Richmond Heights building department in opposition too, according to an employee there.
Bolden allowed his statement on Nextdoor to be reprinted here:
Well this Thursday is the final meeting on the revised plan for the proposed Dale and Boland apartments. The developer Joseph Cyr has personally reached out to me and my wife to try to gain our support for the project and needless to say we are still in opposition. If you drive down Boland you should be very concerned about this development. I have already said quite a bit about why this project should not be allowed to be built and to sum it up… This project is just too big for the neighborhood.”
The ideal use for that stretch of land would be more single family homes. In fact it is perfect for that. Boland could be a prime street for Richmond Heights. If the land is used for new home construction the redevelopment would most likely spread.
According to the planning and zoning announcement, the development is a “mixed-use 207 unit multi-family community; with the addition of a small ground floor retail space along Dale Avenue to accommodate neighborhood businesses such as a coffee shop, ice cream parlor or deli.”
Bolden said by email to 40 South News that the developer, Joseph Cyr, tried to develop a similar sized building in Dardenne Prairie (near Lake St. Louis) and residents nearby “shut it down”. See the article in the St. Louis Business Journal.
A Richmond Heights Building Department employee said Wednesday that calls in opposition to the project have been coming from farther away than the 300 feet distance from the project that received a notice in the mail.
She said planning and zoning could have voted at the last meeting, but decided to postpone the vote to allow the plan to be revised — a story was removed from part of the building — before the vote. She also said some want single family residences on the site, which she said it would be too expensive.
The drawings below are at Richmond Heights City Hall, building department.