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Easing Congestion: Bellerive Plaza Owners Seek City OK For Project

Request will go before the city's P&Z panel later this month.

Sometime in the not too distant future, a trip to s or in Creve Coeur's Bellerive Plaza might be a little easier.

The DESCO Group, owner of the property located west of Interstate 270, is asking the city to let it adjust its development plan for the site in order to add a left turn lane heading onto Olive Boulevard westbound.

City Planner Whitney Kelly told Patch the proposal means getting rid of the existing median, which means adding greenspace elsewhere on the property. Kelly said under the arrangement, which would also include MoDOT, DESCO would cover the cost of new light signals at the intersection to account for the new turn signal.

A representative from The DESCO Group declined immediate comment Thursday by phone.

The issue will come up at the city Planning and Zoning Commission meeting slated for May 21, which already also includes hearings on a proposal to bring a

Gene Rovak May 14, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Two items: (1) There might actually be a side benefit to eliminating the median: I've always been curious when running on the sidewalk along Olive adjacent to Bellerive Plaza, how the handicap ramps allow access from the sidewalks along each side of the entry but wheelchair users are abrubtly faced with a median with vertical curbs that they somehow must cross. It has no effect on runners/walkers but is a strange blockage to say the least. (2) Approval of this might be conditioned upon re-working (probably just restriping, not reconfiguring) the eastbound Olive entry into the western drive access to Bellerive Plaza The turning lane and divider island guide eastbound right turns into the Plaza, but the striping isolates traffic discouraging the turning movement. Gene Rovak

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