Belleville zoning board to hear Lindenwood housing request on Oct. 28

The Belleville Zoning Board of Appeals will meet Oct. 28 to hear Lindenwood University-Belleville’s request for special-use permits to allow students to live in more than 50 homes and apartment buildings.

Lindenwood officials initially were scheduled to seek the request before the zoning board on Sept. 24 for about 36 properties but dropped that request last month.

The new request has 55 homes and apartment buildings.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 in the City Council chambers in City Hall.

Opponents and supporters of the housing plan will be allowed to speak before the advisory board, which can make a recommendation to the City Council. The aldermen have the final say on the request.

At the past three City Council meetings, people who live near the West Main Street campus have complained about the number of Lindenwood students in their neighborhoods.

City and school leaders have said they are addressing complaints raised by the residents.

Ward 2 Alderman Mike Buettner last week called for City Attorney Garrett Hoerner to investigate how Mayor Mark Eckert’s administration allowed Lindenwood students to move into homes before the college obtained special-use permits for the students.

Buettner, who lives near the campus, said Monday he had not yet heard back from the city. Eckert said he expected Hoerner to comment on Buettner’s request this week.

Buettner said he doesn’t understand how Lindenwood has had students living in some homes for more than two years and is now asking for special-use permits.

“I’m very upset about this,” Buettner said. “I don’t know if that hearing is legal to tell you the truth.”