Aldermen approved a request to rezone a parcel of land on Route 66 to allow for the construction of a training center for a utilities contractor that would bring hundreds of new jobs.

Jeffrey Busam, who owns the property, asked for the zone change that is needed for ADB to complete the purchase of the land.

ADB Companies, utility contractors, wants to construct a 40,000-square-foot facility on 15 acres located at 18777 Route 66, west of the Eureka Fire Protection District training center and the Eastern Missouri Correctional Facility.

The firm, which has sites in Union and St. Louis, as well as San Antonio, Texas, and Mason, Ohio, employs 800 nationwide and projects that number to increase to 1,050 by 2021.

Utility construction provided by ADB includes telecom, electric, broadband, water and sewer.

The zone change was approved at the June 6 board of aldermen meeting, against the protests of property owners on Hill View Drive in unincorporated St. Louis County.

About 30 opponents to the zone change attended the meeting. Eight people signed speaker cards to address aldermen. One person declined to speak and one spoke in favor of the factory.

The other six said they strongly oppose the zone change because it would impact the serenity of their residential neighborhood.

Aldermen rejected the residents’ claims, saying that the promise of 300 new jobs in the city is too valuable to the city’s economy to pass up.

In a 5-0 vote, with Alderman Carol Johnson voting no, aldermen approved the zone change.