Chesterfield Council To Consider Another Shopping Center in Floodplain

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The proposed mall would lie between I-64 and the Missouri River.
Members of the Chesterfield City Council tonight are expected to take up a measure to rezone 48 acres of floodplain along Interstate 64 for commercial use as an outlet mall.

If that sounds familiar, it's because it is. Following the Great Flood of 1993, Chesterfield opened up the land south of Interstate 64 for commercial development. That area is now home to  Chesterfield Commons, said to be the longest strip mall in America.

The land for the proposed outlet mall sits just across the highway, sandwiched between the interstate and the Monarch-Chesterfield Levee. On the other side of the levee lies the Missouri River. In 1993 the levee couldn't hold back the water and Chesterfield Valley drowned in up to 18 feet of water.

Today the levee has been reinforced. They say it can survive anything but a 500-year flood if (or when) such a deluge ever materializes. Still, is it a safe bet for city officials to clear the ground for out-of-state developers T-O Ventures to build on the land?

Moreover, does St. Louis (and specifically Chesterfield with its Chesterfield Mall and Chesterfield Commons both a stone's throw away) need more retail space? And what would this 100 stores for this outlet mall do to the St. Louis Mills outlet mall in Hazelwood?

We're hearing, too, that the T-O Ventures may also be asking for public subsidies for the project at a later date. We're also told that opposition to the project plan to make their voices heard at tonight's council meeting. Should be a good one. We'll keep you updated.

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I just cannot fathom why anyone would think the valley needs MORE retail....

Brad Hicks
Brad Hicks

They can put anything they want there, but I'll tell you this: no matter what promises the levee builders make, the river owns that land, and will take it back from them sooner or later.

And even if I'm wrong about that? Once the era of cheap gasoline ends, as it will well within the projected lifespan of those buildings, nobody will be able to afford to live that far out from any plausible source of mass transit. They're building a guaranteed near-future ghost-town, even if it doesn't drown before then.


That mall proposal has all the earmarks of a WHITE ELEPHANT in this era in the U.S. when 1/4 of the nation's population is under the poverty level. Plus, the term "outlet" is a far cry from getting anything at a cheaper or bargain-basement prices.  That term is simply an advertising gimmick.  Involve public money, hell NO!  No public money for malls, stadiums, arenas, private hospitals, yada, yada, yada.  You're the company that wants a stadium, etc., then you pay the total cost out of your pocket and you get no tax abatement or subsidy. 

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