St. Louis Developer Drops Project Amid Neighborhood Opposition

Paul McKee, Jr. Photo courtesy of St. Louis Business Journal
Paul McKee, Jr. Photo courtesy of St. Louis Business Journal

A few hours before a vote by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, developers withdrew their proposal for a 240-unit apartment complex in Dardenne Prairie amid continuing opposition from nearby residents.

The lead developer, Paul McKee, declined to clarify whether they have given up on apartments for the vacant 11-acre site in St. Charles County or would try later to get city approval for a downsized version. The neighborhood leader said his group would continue to fight apartments at the site, even if it’s a smaller project. Residents of BaratHaven, an area of upscale single-family homes also developed by McKee, had repeatedly complained that apartments would cause traffic congestion, lower their property values and alter the ambiance in their area. McKee had said the 10-building, $30 million apartment complex was needed to help the area continue to attract technology firms.

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