Plan for a Hindu Temple Sparks Controversy

August 28, 2008

Author: Robert Kelly and Christine Byers

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A plan to build a Hindu temple, education center and more than 100 housing units on almost 140 acres off Byrnesville Road has attracted opposition from neighbors.

"It's our opinion that it's inconsistent with the surrounding, largely rural area," said one opponent, Bill Fogarty.

The proposal comes before the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Commission tonight.

The Hindu complex is proposed for a site adjoining Fogarty's land, near Byrnesville and Lynch roads and west of Highway 30. The site is about 30 miles southwest of St. Louis.