Apartments to be built on former restaurant site

By: 
Adam Rollins
Staff Writer

The city of Warrenton has approved two new apartment buildings for construction at the long-empty site where a restaurant once stood on Arlington Way.

The Warrenton Board of Aldermen unanimously favored a permit for the development during their May 18 public meeting. Site plans for the apartments include two buildings with a total of 10 living units, said Warrenton Planning and Development Director Tim Burks.

The extensions of the pre-existing Benington Place Apartments complex will be built near the National Guard armory on an empty lot that was once home to Ron’s Restaurant. The business was a popular local eatery, but was completely destroyed by a fire in the early 2000s. Since then, the lot has been nothing more than grass and cracked pavement.

The developer for the apartment buildings is Pollard Properties, which has been investing in, renovating and building a number of rental properties in Warrenton and Wright City. That includes existing apartments with the Benington name at the nearby intersection of Arlington and Armory Road.

The site of the apartments is currently zoned for commercial uses, Burks said. The surrounding properties are motels and apartments as well. There hadn’t been any public comments for or against the development during a preliminary planning and zoning hearing, Burks said.

In response to a question from Alderman Larry Corder, developer Adam Pollard said the buildings will be constructed with a partial brick exterior on the front and vinyl siding for the remainder of the exterior.

The only special conditions aldermen placed on the development is for detailed plans compliant with city code to be provided before construction, and for erosion control measures to prevent erosion during construction.

New building near library

Aldermen also approved construction of a Farmers Mutual building on South Highway 47. The 4,500-square-foot office building will be erected on 1 acre on the east side of the highway, between Scenic Regional Library and Pitman Funeral Home. It will share an access road with the library, Burks said.

City proceeding with online docs

City Administrator Brandie Walters commented that city staff are working with their website manager to provide the public with a better view of what aldermen are discussing during their twice-monthly public meetings. An update to the website’s agenda page, currently under development, will make every document the board sees available to the public prior to each meeting.

Walters said the web update will provide better transparency for the public to know what actions their government is taking, prior to any decisions being made.

Mayor calls for nominations

Mayor Eric Schleuter is calling for the citizens of Warrenton to nominate deserving neighbors for recognition for their good works. The mayor and aldermen periodically honor those who go out of their way to make Warrenton a better place to live. 

 “If you see someone doing a nice, charitable act, or something that’s good in nature, we ask that you come to us or send us an email,” Schleuter said. “Start looking at things your neighbors do that are considerate and nominate them, and we’ll recognize them in front of the board. I think we have plenty of people who go above and beyond what they need to do in life.”

Schleuter can be contacted by email at Eschleuter@warrenton-mo.org.

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