ksdk.com wrote:MAPLEWOOD, Missouri - A controversial redevelopment plan in Maplewood is off the table.
At 11 a.m. Monday, Maplewood mayor Mark Langston signed a resolution to prohibit the use of eminent domain for private economic development projects if they have no other public purpose.
Last week, hundreds of residents showed up at city hall to protest the city's planned use of eminent domain for a project in a major city area around Manchester Road and Sutton Road.
The resolution is not an enforceable law, but the mayor says he and the city council will keep their word.
"I have yet to see a resolution that the city council did not stand behind. we are giving you our word. This is something we feel very passionate about and this is what we want to do," he said.
A number of residents are hoping that the resolution will become law. An ordinance proposal is expected on the August ballot.