A nonprofit agency that had wanted to build a youth group home in Brentwood is already looking for sites in neighboring communities after the Board of Aldermen voted down the project Monday night. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Mayor Patrick Kelly had tried to win support for the Boys Hope Girls Hope home before the thumbs down vote on a zoning change and land use permit.
The group had wanted to demolish adjacent homes in the 8800 block of Madge Avenue -- one vacant , the other a rental -- and build residence halls for 20 boys and girls along with offices for the nonprofit's 14 employees.
Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college. More information about the non-profit group can be found on their website.
A plan to build a children's home in the city of Brentwood has been turned down.
Last night the Board of Aldermen killed a zoning change and land-use permit that Boys Hope Girls Hope needed to build a pair of residence halls for 20 boys and girls connected by offices for the nonprofit’s 14 employees.
The plan needed six votes from the eight-member board to be rezoned but got support from only three.
The agency provides food, clothing and transportation to students, offers 24-hour mentoring and requires weekly chores and structured study time. The organization now has 15 boys and girls in the program; the new location would have allowed five more students.