P&Z gave the restaurant favorable recommendation based on a new site plan that changed slightly from a conceptual plan presented in August 2017, which the city council rejected on a 5 to 1 vote.
The developer’s former plan included using a residential lot on Mar-El Court for a detention basin or landscape buffer between residents and the restaurant. After residents expressed concern, that part of the plan was removed; however, the developer still will own the property. An official use has not been designated.
“They may have removed [the property from the site plan] because they wanted to keep [the restaurant] further away from the residents, but in doing so, there’s less of a landscape buffer now,” City Manager Bill Schwer said. “I think there are some residents who don’t want the development regardless, but I think they really wanted to get it away from existing residences as much as they could.”
According to Schwer, the portion of the site development plan that has received the most residential concern and feedback has been the addition of a curb-cut on Mar-El Court. A curb-cut is a ramp, usually made of concrete, graded down from a sidewalk to the surface of an adjoining street. Typically, they are placed in areas with high rates of pedestrian activity. Residents have cited the location of the restaurant and the addition of the curb-cut as possible traffic concerns.
The curb-cut remains part of the site development plan.
“I don’t think the residents that live there are going to be in favor of this at all, and I think we’ll find out at the public hearing that they’re still against this,” Schwer said. “We’ve received a lot of phone calls.”
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers currently has a location in St. Peters and another in Cottleville.