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The 27th annual Firehouse Run is planned for Sunday, Oct. 29, at City Hall with a 1-mile walk-run at 8 a.m. and 2- and 5-mile runs at 8:25 a.m. Attendance prizes, breakfast and awards will be given in the auditorium. Last year's event drew 450 runners and walkers, and $6,000 was raised for St. Louis Backstoppers and Kirkwood Area Scholarships. Entry forms are available at City Hall or at Registration and packet pick-up is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Call Trish at (314) 488-1453 or City Hall at (314) 965-3600.


The City Council will discuss at its work session Nov. 19 a review process for infill housing used by the city of Olivette, in light of escalating concerns by neighbors about infill housing. At the council's meeting Oct. 19, neighbors on Essex Court and McKinley Avenue said the city had failed to act on complaints that the builder of a home on Gabriel Drive dumped rock along the creek bank of a natural wooded area last week without permission or approval by the homeowner. "The complaints against infill housing contractors are growing," City Council member Connie Karr said. "Neighbors are concerned about trees that aren't protected, runoff that isn't controlled, approved plans that don't reflect what is going up next door, and more."


The 2006 Make A Difference Day is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, in Shrewsbury and Webster Groves. The first 400 to register receive a logo T-shirt, and all may receive a hot dog lunch at noon served by Lions Club volunteers. In Shrewsbury, call Kendra Henry at (314) 647-1003 or e-mail; in Webster, call Steve Clark at (314) 963-5623 or e-mail

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The City Council closed a public hearing Oct. 17 on proposed ordinance changes that would regulate infill housing. The council decided to redraft the ordinance in line with recommendations drafted by Roger Grow, the city's director of planning and development, based on comments at the hearing and in writing and council discussions. The recommendations define a garage and allow front-entry garages to be built if 40 percent or more of houses on the same block, both sides of the street, have them. If a front-entry garage is allowed, it may project up to 6 feet in front of the home's facade. If it projects 4 feet or more, it must be integrated into the home's design with a porch or roof extension. Front-entry garages may take up to 50 percent of the home's width in homes less than 44 feet wide. In homes 44 feet wide or wider, garages can be 42 percent of the front facade width or 22 feet wide, whichever is greater. The recommendations also set a maximum 35 percent floor area ratio.

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