Maryland School on Maryland Ave east of Hanley in Clayton was closed in 1980 and used occasionally for educational groups which needed temporary classroom space. But for the most part, the school has sat empty for 33 years. There have been multiple offers for the building and grounds, one of which is a proposal to the Clayton School Board from a developer who wants to turn the property into high density luxury condos and at a meeting the other night nearby neighbors came to protest. Many of the neighbors are part of a group called Keep Clayton Green which has a goal of preserving green space in their neighborhood. However...
"They wanted to preserve green space in their quiet neighborhood of single-family homes. They and others tend a community garden on the school property and said they hoped for more green space in the already tree-filled neighborhood, not less."
What this means is the surrounding neighbors have been using the property for their own purposes, community gardens, and seem to have planned for more private usage. This opposition goes beyond the usual unhappiness with the possibility of more traffic and fewer trees when development is proposed. They want to keep using property which is not theirs.
Not sure this is the best argument.