A couple of vacant spaces in Ellisville will be no more in the near future.
At the July 18 meeting, the Ellisville City Council held multiple public hearings and sequential votes regarding a series of potential economic developments. Many of the proposed developments are slated for areas along Manchester Road.
First, the council discussed a petition by Bell Missouri, LLC, for the issuance of a conditional use permit [CUP] to allow the operation of a drive-through facility associated with a new Taco Bell restaurant at 16100 Manchester Road. The location was previously home to a QuikTrip gas station before it relocated to the intersection of Manchester and Clarkson Road around 2016.
The petition was presented by Austin Tracey, a project manager with Hamilton Designs.
The development was discussed at the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission [P&Z] meeting on July 11, where a list of contingencies also was added, including the submittal of a revised site plan that rectifies traffic circulation issues that were identified by the city’s third-party traffic consultant and includes a revised lighting plan.
Tracey did request that the proposed closing time of 2 a.m. be lifted and that hours be unrestricted, which would be like the adjacent Burger King restaurant. “They’ll want to keep their doors open and not have anything inhibit those hours as long as they’re making money,” Tracey said.
The council voted in favor of amending the petition to add unrestricted hours. The development also received approval at the Architectural Review Board Meeting, held after the main council meeting, on July 18. However, the applicant also must obtain approval from Missouri American Water and Metro West Fire Protection District for the location of a new water main, fire hydrants and more.
Ultimately, the council voted 6-0 in favor of the development. Councilmember Bones Baker [District 2] had an excused absence from the meeting.
The council also considered a petition by Mandy Ryan for approval of a CUP to allow the operation of a Dog Training Facility at 16079 Manchester Road.Following P&Z and council recommendations, it was determined that the number of dogs in the facility, at any one time, would be limited to 12. The property owner is required to install sound-proofing, as required by the Pet Training Facility Regulations if there are complaints or any of the abutting tenant spaces become occupied by non-dog-related uses. Ryan stated a willingness to comply with all the added conditions.
“It’s not a daycare facility, it’s not a kennel, I’m not going to have dogs overnight,” Ryan said.
The polled audience showed no opposition to the development. The council passed the development 6-0.
The council also discussed the petition of Troy Ard for approval of a CUP to allow the operation of a massage therapy business called “Rain Spa Tiuna” at 15825 Manchester Road, Suite 205.
Ard has been in the construction business for over 40 years and was a former client of the massage location, which closed earlier this year.
“I thought, ‘Why not reopen and make sure there’s a place for working men to get a good massage?’” Ard said.
Although the development received a mostly favorable vote from P&Z, conditions were set limited the spa’s hours of operation to 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and required that no less than 50 percent of the surface area of windows facing the public right-of-way must remain uncovered with visibility into the business.
The conditions were added by P&Z in response to the knowledge that the previous spa had violated city code. Members of the council also expressed hesitancy with the development for the same reasons.
“I have a bad feeling about it,” Councilmember Vince McGrath [District 1] said. “That’s all I’m going to say.”After some discussion of possible amendments and further restrictions on surface area window coverage, the council voted 4-2 against the development.
In addition to discussing current economic development, some councilmembers took time at the July 18 meeting to discuss the future of economic development in the city and cited traffic as one of the greatest concerns voiced by residents.
In response to those concerns, the city will hold an open traffic meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 prior to the city council meeting. MoDOT staff members will be in attendance to answer residents questions about the city’s traffic trends, especially in high-traffic areas along Clarkson and Manchester roads.
“Traffic is always a concern, and as a city, we’re looking at traffic all the time,” Councilmember Dan Duffy [District 3] said. “We’ve been working with MoDOT since late 2017, done several traffic studies and looked at signalizations and third-lane options … There’s just a lot of different ways to address traffic.”