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Dirt Cheap Not Coming to Kirkwood Until Council Votes on U-Gas

Contrary to a sign on the property, a Dirt Cheap is not coming to 915 North Kirkwood Rd., at least not until the Kirkwood City Council votes on a proposed U-Gas station.

A sign advertising a Dirt Cheap discount liquor store coming soon to 915 North Kirkwood Rd. has caused confusion in Kirkwood this week.

Dirt Cheap filed for a commercial occupancy permit for 915 North Kirkwood Rd., but the City of Kirkwood revoked the permit because an appeal from U-Gas to develop the property is pending, according to Kirkwood Public Works Director Todd Rehg.

"We can't have an application for a special use and commercial occupany permit," Rehg told Patch.

The Dirt Cheap sign was put up illegally, according to Rehg. The property owner has until Friday to remove the sign before facing court citations, Rehg said.

U-Gas has submitted a letter to the City of Kirkwood expressing its intent to appeal the Kirkwood Planning and Zoning Commission's denial of a special use exception permit for a gas station and convenience store at 915 North Kirkwood Rd., according to U-Gas attorney John King.

U-Gas must now submit a revised site plan before the city can schedule a public hearing at which time councilors will vote on whether or not to approve the development of a station, according to Rehg.

If the Kirkwood City Council decides to deny development of a U-Gas, Dirt Cheap can proceed with its commercial occupancy permit.

A Dirt Cheap would be considered permitted use and therefore the company would not need approval from the Kirkwood Planning and Zoning Commission or Kirkwood City Council to turn the property into a liquor store.

A call for comment from Dirt Cheap went unreturned.

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