With a vote of six in favor, three opposed, the O’Fallon City Council passed the rezoning for an upscale apartment complex in Winghaven near Interstate 64.
The new development is in a 24-acre site formerly designated a high-tech corridor. The rezoning to mixed-use traditional development clears the way for the new complex, which would feature 11 buildings with 304 units, common ground, a clubhouse and a pool.
The development was opposed by representatives from the Enclaves, a neighboring apartment complex.
Several residents spoke out against the proposed development, expressing concerns about property values, traffic and adding to the already overcrowded classrooms of the Wentzville School District.
O’Fallon resident Steven Cass told the board, “This is flying in the face of the original agreement when residents bought homes there . . . There should be a referendum for Winghaven residents.”
Gale Elam, another Winghaven resident agreed, “There should be more input and residents given the opportunity to speak up.”
Voting against rezoning the site–which is in Ward 3–were Council members Rick Battelle (Ward 3), Bob Howell (Ward 4) and Debbie Cook (Ward 5). (Council member Rose Mack was absent). The vote for the area plan for the development passed 7-2, this time with Cook and Council member Mike Pheney (Ward 5) voting no.