Calls Grow for University of Missouri to Stop Housing Development

By on April 22, 2019

From Public News Service:  Opposition is growing to a proposed housing development on land owned by the University of Missouri that could disrupt popular outdoor destinations in the state.

The proposed subdivision on the Missouri Bluffs would include approximately 275 units and be built next to the Weldon Spring and Busch Conservation areas and Katy Trail State Park. Chair of the Public/Private Lands Committee of the Conservation Federation of Missouri Richard Orr penned a resolution opposing the move and says the area should be kept wild.

“High bluffs overlooking the Katy Trail, old-growth forest, a unique natural ecosystem that one would have assumed that the university would value keeping in its natural state, but in fact now they have entered into an arrangement to sell it to a homebuilder,” says Orr.

The Conservation Federation of Missouri and other groups, including the Missouri Sierra Club, Greenway Network and Katy Land Trust, are calling on the University of Missouri System president or its Board of Curators to stop the sale of this land.

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