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Planning panel to consider CUP for former Paraclete site

Planning panel voted to table Moore's request last month

Mike Anthony
Executive Editor
September 26, 2012 - A request for a conditional-use permit to operate a library on the former Paraclete Fathers property at 13270 Maple Drive is scheduled to be considered next week by the Sunset Hills Planning and Zoning Commission.

The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at City Hall, 3939 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

Commission members voted unanimously Sept. 5 to table the request for a conditional-use permit, or CUP, by Alwal B. Moore to operate a library at the 10-acre site.

Moore helped found Sunset Hills and served as the city's marshal from 1958 to 1973 when the position was eliminated.

He purchased the property, originally owned by Joseph "Papa Joe" Griesedieck, in January 2010 with the goal of preserving the historic buildings on the site. Moore hoped the property could be utilized as a park, but the city did not have the funds available to purchase the site.

At the Planning and Zoning Commission's August meeting, Moore requested a CUP to operate a cultural center on the site.

During a public hearing, nearby residents voiced concerns about access to Moore's property through the private streets of the three Tapawingo subdivisions and the potential for increased traffic on those private streets.

Moore's request for a CUP for a cultural center was unanimously tabled to the panel's Sept. 5 meeting after commission member Patricia Otto suggested Moore meet with Tapawingo residents to discuss his proposal with the goal of reaching a compromise.

After meeting with Tapawingo residents Aug. 31, Moore sent an email to city officials announcing he no longer intended to operate a cultural center on the site, but instead requested a CUP to operate a library.

At the Sept. 5 meeting, Moore outlined his proposal for the library, which would include three of the site's buildings — the historic tower, a stone carriage house built by Griesedieck that would include exhibit space to be used by the Sunset Hills Historical Society; the chapel, which would be used as a reading area; and the McNamara building, which would house donated books and bookshelves.

Nearby residents who addressed the commission Sept. 5 said while the library was a positive change, they still had concerns about access to the site and additional traffic, and needed more details about the proposal. Several urged the commission to table Moore's request until specific details could be submitted to the city.

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to table Moore's request for a CUP to operate a library to its Oct. 3 meeting.

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