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Sam's Club in Wentzville Moves Closer to Reality

Board of Aldermen approves rezonings, CID.

The Board of Aldermen  moved plans for a proposed Sam's Club location in the city closer to fruition. The board approved a slate of ordinances related to the store Wednesday night.

The vote was 5-1 on each issue, with Nick Guccione the lone vote against the proposal. Guccione told the 100-plus people in the audience that he was elected to listen to the people and that his talks with residents influenced his decision.

The board approved the following Sam's-related legislation:

  • Bill No. 3308 — An Ordinance of the City of Wentzville, Missouri, Providing for the Rezoning of 3.0 Acres, owned by Mark and Kelly Hinch from A - Agricultural to C-3 Highway Commercial Zoning District. 
  • Bill No. 3309 — An Ordinance of the City of Wentzville, Missouri, Providing for the Rezoning of 3.0 Acres, owned by Steven and Mary Beth Heying from A - Agricultural to C-3 Highway Commercial Zoning District.
  • Bill No. 3310 — An Ordinance of the City of Wentzville, Missouri, Providing for the Rezoning of 5.0 Acres, owned by David and Deborah Demien from A - Agricultural to C-3 Highway Commercial Zoning District. 
  • THF Bear Creek Development, LLC, Applicant on Behalf of the Property Owners, Mark and Kelly Hinch, Steven and Mary Beth Heying, David and Deborah Demien and PILP, LLC, is Requesting Approval of a Preliminary Plat Known as Bear Creek Commercial East. The Site is Located on the Northeast Corner of May Road and Bear Creek Drive. 
  • THF Bear Creek Development, Applicant on Behalf of the Property Owners, Mark and Kelly Hinch, Steven and Mary Beth Heying, David and Deborah Demien and PILP, LLC, is Requesting Site Plan Approval for Sam’s Club Store. The Site is Located on the Northeast Corner of May Road and Bear Creek Drive.
  • Bill No. 3312 — An Ordinance Approving the Record Plat for Bear Creek Commercial East, Owned by Mark and Kelly Hinch, Steven and Mary Beth Heying, David and Deborah Demien and PILP, LLC. 
  • Bill No. 3313 — An Ordinance Approving a Petition for Establishment of a Community Improvement District; Establishing the Bear Creek Community Improvement District; Determining that a Certain Portion of the Bear Creek Community Improvement District is a “Blighted Area;” Approving a Certain Development Agreement; and Providing for Other Related Matters, All Pursuant to the Community Improvement District Act. 

For more on Wednesday night's meeting, check back with Wentzville Patch later today.

Terry April 28, 2011 at 11:20 AM
It appears that the current board of Alderman will listen to the voters - re-election will be the final test of their correct or incorrect vote on this issue - Mayor Lambi - your day is coming up also. Had any of these men/women taken a trip thru the midwest they would have noticed many small towns with abandoned Wal-Mart stores - an omen of things to come - in fact, we have one - where Rural King is now located. THAT would have been an Ideal place to locate the Sam's Club. ta
Janet April 28, 2011 at 12:06 PM
I am thrilled that the board of aldermen did the best thing for our city, and didn't let a handful of people with incorrect facts sway them.
Salvatore Slusher April 28, 2011 at 01:33 PM
I am dismayed at the decision making process of the City of Wentzville - voted down a proposal for a Craker Barrel restaurant because of the "clientele" that it brings in, but yet a Sams club is OK - Get a life city leaders!!!!!
jbj April 28, 2011 at 02:14 PM
Props to Guccione for standing up for the people. He is the ONLY Alderman who went around and asked residents how they felt. Isn't this why we elected this board? Janet, if you were at the meeting you would have noticed that the ones who were for the Sam's club were the ones you should consider a handful. The crowd of people who showed up were mostly against this and the ones who didn't show up don't care enough or don't even know Sam's is coming. Guccione has my vote next year for Mayor, it will be a nice change to have our city leader base his decisions on serving his people.
D. Mayson May 01, 2011 at 03:50 PM
Terry, You are soooo right on the next elections! The job of the Mayor and the Alderman are to do what is best for ALL the City of Wentzville. 1) controlled growth, which we have had for 15-20 years now nothing has "srpung up" around here. 2) create tax revenues, you know for fixing roads (maybe even May Rd.) maintian the city parks including the 3 new ones we just voted for.(one being a Water Park! $$$) 3) more jobs, when businesses come to Wentzville (even the parks) they will need people to work at them. Now it seems to me that Mr. Guccione does not think all this is necessary for ALL the citizens of Wentzville. Or,with his lone NO vote is he trying to set himself up for a run at the Mayors office? You know, name recognition? Knowing he has a base of voters in the GAS gang (Group Against Sam's) and Wentz.First (anti-sprawl group) his leadership for the campaign is in place. One has to ask why a NO vote on this issue? It is not even in the Ward he represents. One can admire his principals on "listening to the residents" but shouldn't he be "listening" to the ones in his own Ward? He can not pull the "I'm for ALL the residents in the City of Wentzville" card because his NO vote proves that to be false! This may sound somewhat far fetched but, "IF" true, one could predict he and the GAS gang will go down in flames!!!! So lets HOPE the voters are listening to the Alderman.
D. Mayson May 01, 2011 at 04:27 PM
Now Terry a little history lesson on the "abandoned" Wal-Mart store. ( Janet was right, know your facts). Back when Wentzville was a small town Wal-Mart came calling one of the first 300 stores they had at that time (283 I think) so we have established it was along time ago. They are worldwide now with many stores. When the North side of I-70 opened up Wal-Mart jumped at the chance to grow bigger along with Wentzville and put in a larger store to serve the growth (largest store in the state of Missouri (sq. ft.) with the food section recently added on) and it is still thriving. Yes,the old store did sit empty for awhile and things were being done to prepare it for demolition. Maybe it was going to be the original Sam's location (that I don't know). But along comes Rural King who signs a long term lease to also grow with the City of Wentzville, the shopping center is savedand 3 more small businesses come to town with ALL that tax revenue and jobs for the local people! So if that is "an omen of things to come" bring it on! All those workers I'm sure are happy too!!
Steve Petelik May 01, 2011 at 11:36 PM
I agree with jbj! The "handful" at the meeting the other night was the few that were in FAVOR of the Sam's. Most of us (and, actually, quite a few of those were NOT from Bear Creek) were against it. The majority was overwhelmingly in opposition to Sam's in that location. Sam's could pick a number of locations, the one they chose is absolutely the WORST placement for that store, the gas/diesel station, and the traffic they bring! I cannot BELIEVE that the Mayor and the Board voted it in!!! I am appalled at this decision! I would vote for Mr. Guccione, too! He was the ONLY one to my knowledge that cared enough about representing the PEOPLE to go around in different neighborhoods and ASK people their opinions!!!! Boo to you, Mayor Lambi, and to the Board who voted in favor of this huge mistake, too!!!
D. Mayson May 07, 2011 at 01:06 PM
Dear Steve, I don't agree with jbj or you. The last meeting in that building, that most likely only holds 100,200 people does not represent a city of almost 30,000 people. So a "handful","a few", "majority" or "quite a few" really does speak for the city. You and jbj along with the GAS gang say "Sam's could have picked a number of locations" but never say where, list some of them so the residents where you think it should go can have a voice against you. You say about the location "the one they chose is absolutely the WORST placement for that store". REALLY ? What would you do with that piece of land? Turn it into a park? (more tax dollars to run it) Or a strip center facing May Rd.? (that would be a ghost town) In the late 1980's P & Z (of St. Charles County) made a map of commercial property and this is the last piece of that map. So its a GREAT location for that store! Or you and jbj (he's rich cause he lives in Bear Creek) can come up with the over 5 million dollars it sold for and keep it just like it is. And who are you , jbj ,Terry,the GAS gang, Wentz.First (the anti-spawl group) anyway denying the families the opportunity to sell that property to better their lives. Who knows they might move into Bear Creek because they will be able to afford it!!!! Horay for the Mayor and the Board ! Keep working for ALL the people in Wentzville ! Bring on the tax dollars!!
RB February 09, 2012 at 09:51 PM
what is the city going to do about the traffic on the parkway in front of QT?
Brian Feldt (Editor) February 09, 2012 at 10:30 PM
RB: the city actually just finalized plans to alleviate congestion at that intersection. We have plans to run a story in the next day or so about it.

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