Douglass Hill - Old Webster Redevelopment Project
September 14, 2021
The Webster Groves Plan Commission concluded their work on the Douglass Hill Redevelopment Project on Monday evening. The Commission did not issue a recommendation in favor or opposed to the project. The vote resulted in a 4 to 4 tie on the rezoning of the area. The Douglass Hill proposal now advances to the City Council where a simple majority vote of the council is required to approve or deny the zoning change. The Council is expected to begin its hearings and considerations on October 5th.
The Plan Commission vote was in consideration of an application submitted by SG Collaborative, LLC for a Change of Zoning from “A4” Seventy-Five Hundred Square Foot Residence District; “B1” Multiple Family District; “E” Industrial District and “PC” Planned Commercial District to “PC” Planned Commercial District on an approximately 15.1-acre tract of land.
“We are grateful to the hard work of the Plan Commission on this project,” said Dr. Marie Peoples, Webster Groves City Manager. “This project began with the City Council in 2020 with a request for proposals on a redevelopment project. Since then, this volunteer commission has dedicated a great deal of time to research and discussion. Over the past few months, the Plan Commission heard more than 180 public comments from residents regarding the project. They were able to use that information and their own research to come to a vote and we thank them for their time and efforts.”
The TIF Commission also continues its discussions on the Douglass Hill project. The TIF Commission will hold its public hearing on October 27th. The commission is composed of community volunteers, six St. Louis County appointees, appointees from the local schools, and the other Tax Districts. The Commission will consider the financial aspects of the project and after hearing public comments, will submit a vote and recommendations to Council.
The City Council is charged with reviewing all of the information from the Plan and TIF Commissions for a final decision on the project.
August 18, 2021
The Plan Commission will be holding a special meeting on Tuesday, August 31st at 6:00 PM. That meeting will be exclusively for public comment on 21-PC-04 Douglass Hill.
Members of the public will have multiple options to provide comments or speak at the meeting. All comments sent in will become a part of the formal record. The formal record is given to both the Plan Commission and City Council. In accordance with how public comment is handled, reading of the public comment into the record is reserved for the first submission and limited to up to three minutes. For those that have had comments read already at a previous meeting, any additional comments submitted will be forwarded to the Plan Commission. Comments that take longer than three minutes to read will be included in the formal record in full. Plan Commission and Council members will be able to read them as part of their packets.
- Mail written comments to City Hall – three minutes of which will be read into the record
- Submit Comments at www.webstergroves.org/Redevelopment - the red “Leave a Comment” button on the right - three minutes of which will be read into the record
- E-mail comments to email@example.com – three minutes of which will be read into the record
- Sign Up to Speak on line prior to the meeting at www.webstergroves.org/Redevelopment - using the leave a comment button. You may also email a request to speak at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Use the “hand up” option in Zoom to request to speak at the meeting.
The order of speakers will begin with written comments read into the record, followed by those who register ahead of time, and then “hand up” attending the Zoom meeting. Comments to be read in the record need to be received by 5 pm on Thursday August 26th.
Comments that have already been submitted or read into the record can be found here.
June 21, 2021
The City of Webster Groves is pleased to release the preliminary Pro Forma Analysis of the Douglass Hill Development. This memo and the analysis are resources to help the public contextualize the physical, financial, and community matters surrounding the development and does not include support or opposition to the development. The City Council has not made any decisions related to the proposed development or formalized any aspects of this proposal to date.
You can view the document here.
May 28, 2021
The Plan Commission will begin consideration of the Douglass Hill Redevelopment proposal on June 7.
A model of the proposed development is located in the 1st floor lobby of City Hall and all documents related to the proposal are available in this QuickLinks section of this page. All of the public comments will become a part of the formal record. The Plan Commission and the City Council will be reviewing all comments and questions. Comments can be submitted in the following ways:
- Mail written comments to City Hall – three minutes of which will be read into the record.
- Submit Comments using the red “Leave a Comment” button on the right - three minutes of which will be read into the record.
- E-mail comments to email@example.com – three minutes of which will be read into the record.
- Sign Up to Speak online prior to the meeting at www.webstergroves.org/Redevelopment using the leave comment button. You may also email a request to speak at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Use the “hand up” option in Zoom to request to speak at the meeting. You cannot use this option if your comments have already been read into the record.
Comments that take longer than three minutes to read into the record will be included in the formal record so that Commission and Council members will be able to read them in full.
Development Strategies, a professional planning firm located in St. Louis, is conducting a feasibility study of the project. This study will include an assessment of the economic and social impacts this project will have on the City. Their report will be publicly available soon and will be posted on the City’s website.
“During this phase of the project residents are encouraged to review information on the proposed development and to provide feedback to the Plan Commission,” said Marie Peoples, City Manager of Webster Groves. “This feedback is a valuable part of the process.”
SG Collaborative, LLC will be at the June 1 City Council meeting to share their vision of the project which will be presented to the Planning Commission for review and recommendations to the Council. With the plan commission beginning the public hearing process on June 7, it is expected that the hearings will continue into October. It is anticipated that the City Council will have hearings of potential action from October to the end of 2021.
April 2021 - SG Collaborative has submitted an application for a change in zoning for the Old Webster Redevelopment Project (Douglass Hill). This submission is under review by staff for inclusion on a future Plan Commission agenda. View the submission.
The City of Webster Groves has hired Development Strategies, a professional planning firm located in St. Louis, to conduct a feasibility study of the Old Webster Redevelopment Project. This study will include an assessment of the economic and social impacts this project will have on the City.
The process for decision making in regard to this project including public hearings for zoning and finance requests will continue after the Council receives and evaluates the Development Strategies study.
We urge Webster Groves residents and businesses to continue to provide their input about this project.