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Controversial Property On Ladue Road Now Has Development Proposal

Delmar Gardens plans for the former "Thompson Center" property near Interstate 270 will be put before Planning and Zoning commission leaders in October.

After years of conversation and a share of controversy, the now has a proposal from Delmar Gardens to develop land on Ladue Road just west of Interstate 270.

Paul Langdon, the city's director of Community Development, told the city's Economic Development Commission of the development Thursday. The proposal calls for rezoning the property into a 3-phase project: one building for nursing care only, a second building for assisted and independent living, and then 10 single family homes, which would be handled by an outside homebuilder.

Delmar Gardens CEO Gabe Grossberg could not be reached for comment late Thursday morning.

Langdon said the project is essentially the same as

He did note that the plan makes some adjustments to satisfy buffer concerns from residents to the north of the project.

Residents in the area have voiced concerns about the fate of the former "Thompson Center" property for years, worried about additional traffic in the residential area. Mayor Barry Glantz, who campaigned in favor of keeping the property residential said Thursday, "I'm confident it will be a long, thorough process," and that he expected neighbors in the area would be on top of what happens there.

The plan is scheduled to be heard at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting October 15.

If the project gets city approval, the zoning change would be permanent, but the site development plan would have a year. That doesn't mean the entire thing will be done in that timeframe.

"You could see all of it happen in three years or one phase not happen for 10 years, theoretically," Langdon said.

Robert Kersten October 15, 2012 at 09:43 PM
So I don't understand the problem here. Delmar Gardens runs great facilities and there won't be any wheel chair racing or walker thons so whats the deal on traffic? As a Creve Coeur resident I'm for it! No loud music, late hours or unruley patrons. It won't hurt property values! I think residents of the city should tour the Delmar facilities before they voice objections. Robert Kersten

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