Thursday, April 25, 2013
A St. Louis-area courier service is looking to turn the former Mehlville Fire Protection District space into an office--but nearby residents are concerned about the effect a commercial property will have on their neighborhood.
The owner of a St. Louis-area courier service has plans to buy the former Mehlville firehouse at Lindbergh Boulevard and Sappington Barracks Road, but residential neighbors are still not happy with the proposed use for the space. Ontime Express president Nick Kirkou said he’d like to purchase the old firehouse at 1625 Sappington Barracks Rd. from Gateway House of Prayer to relocate his business office from Crestwood. The church attempted to turn the building into a rectory last year, which was met with pushback from neighbors, who voiced concerns over who would be staying on the property and its effect on traffic. Tuesday night Kirkou was before the Board of Aldermen to re-zone the site as a commercial property. Kirkou believes the …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Gateway House of prayer is no longer moving forward with a planned rectory to prevent the church from becoming a "source of contention" in the neighborhood,
Gateway House of Prayer Pastor Jeff Riddering and his wife, Tammy, have removed their request to convert a former Mehlville Fire District house into a rectory for clergy and other staff in training, according to a letter posted on the Sunset Hills city website. The firehouse is located at 11625 Sappington Barracks Rd., just across from the church on Lindbergh Boulevard, and bordered by several residential homes. The proposal didn't sit well with neighbors, who approached the board about potential traffic issues, effects on residential property values, and concern over precisely who would be allowed to stay in the rectory. One resident even issued a letter on behalf of neighbors asking for aldermen to impose limitations on occupancy should …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Sunset Hills aldermen will not discuss the topics until at least December.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The agenda for Tuesday's Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen meeting agenda is a little lighter than expected. Resident Al Moore has again postponed his presentation for a community library, this time until January (according to the city's public hearing notices). A proposal to convert the former Mehlville House 3 into a rectory for Gateway House of Prayer (GHOP) has also been postponed. View Tuesday's meeting agenda on the Sunset Hills city website. Read the latest articles related to these two proposals (most recent at top):
Monday, November 12, 2012
Kimberly Bordeaux and neighbors are encouraging residents to attend discussion on Gateway House of Prayer's request for the old Mehlville firehouse on Nov. 20.
submitted by Sunset Hills resident Kimberly Bordeaux: As many of you know, the Gateway House of Prayer is proposing what they call a "rectory" across the street from my house on Sappington Barracks Road in Sunset Hills. Last month, the aldermen asked that they try to work with neighbors to come up with a plan that the would address concerns from myself and my neighbors. Unfortunately, this has not happened. The church has provided clarity around the proposed use of what they are calling a "rectory." The church feels the limit would be 16 people, a few of which would be permanent residents and the rest would be staying around six months each. My neighbors and I are very concerned about this number of transient people across the street …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Read the letter from Gateway House of Prayer's owners to residents addressing their plans for the old Mehlville firehouse.
Dear Sunset Hills residents, We, at the Gateway House of Prayer, would like to address some concerns that are circulating regarding our recent purchase of the Mehlville firehouse on the corner of Lindbergh and Sappington. We have petitioned the city of Sunset Hills to allow us to use this property as a rectory to house our ministerial staff and those training to be ministers or missionaries. Established in 2003, we are primarily a prayer ministry that serves the city of St. Louis. Christians from various congregations, denominations and generations gather throughout the week to pray together for our city and nation. We pray for the families of St. Louis, the youth, the churches and pastors, those serving in education, government, …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Sunset Hills aldermen asked Gateway House of Prayer to speak with neighbors about their intention to house staff and 'clergy in training' in the old firehouse at Lindbergh Boulevard and Sappington Barracks Road.
Neighbors who spoke against a request by a Sunset Hills ministry to renovate Mehlville Fire Protection District’s former firehouse and use it as a living quarters for its staff would like to see more rigid guidelines set for the project if approved by aldermen. Gateway House of Prayer (GHOP), located at 4646 Lindbergh Blvd., purchased MFPD’s old House 3 in August. Pastor Jeff Riddering and his wife, Tammy, would like to use the facility to house some of its full-time and temporary staff. Riddering said he believe the majority of the occupants will be clergy staff, but also some ‘clergy in training,’ who would participate in the prayer ministry’s six-month internships. Some participants live in the St. Louis area and commute to the ministry…