Former St. Louis Chrysler Plant Won't Feature IKEA or Football Stadium for Rams

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The former Chrysler plant as seen from Interstate 44 in Fenton.
Years of speculation scuttled just like that. The former Chrysler factory in Fenton won't be home to the St. Louis Rams or IKEA. Instead, the 295-acre tract along Interstate 44 will house an office park and light industrial manufacturing.

Try to contain your enthusiasm, people.

The site has sat vacant since 2009 when the automaker closed down its last production line that once spat out minivans and pickup trucks. Since then rumors have been flying that the property would house a destination venue.

See also: 5 Ideas for Fenton's Vacant Chrysler Site

Last year the mayor of Fenton proposed that the Rams build a new stadium on the site -- an idea that has only gained steam since the team rejected an offer from St. Louis officials to renovate the Edward Jones Dome. In recent years the property has also been rumored to be the future home of a much-anticipated (but never confirmed) IKEA.

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See also: Facebook Fans "Like" IKEA for Former Chrysler Plant, But Is It Feasible?

But neither the football stadium or the IKEA are in the works. The Clayton-based firm KP Development recently purchased the site. The company's president tells the Post-Dispatch that there are no plans to incorporate a football stadium into its vision for the property. The same goes for a shopping center or retail outlet.

Tailgaters and cheap-furniture aficionados: We're so sorry.


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43 comments
Don Lanier
Don Lanier

I think St Louis needs another OUTLET MALL...???

Kristin Scudder
Kristin Scudder

Yeah, always the workers fault for tyring to get their FAIR SHARE.

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

Id blame the people responsible and that would be the UNIONS

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

MAke it into another fantastic church

David Notheis
David Notheis

I wanted to buy it and turn it into high rise residential and shopping. Guess I missed my chance.

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Eliza45

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Daniel Phelan
Daniel Phelan

This is actually good news since it ensures that St. Louis will not get more of something it doesn't need more of: retail.

Ben Fine
Ben Fine

There's always Maryland Heights...

John Null
John Null

The IKEA is going to Midtown.

Kristin Scudder
Kristin Scudder

The south plant closed in 2008. What year did Obama take office? You might want to switch your "news" source.

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

hmmmm I kinda think Obama took over Chrysler, decided which plants lived and died and closed the auto dealers he didn't like... but hey I just follow the news and all

Sanz Wilson
Sanz Wilson

Damn! I always thought it'd be a perfect location for a St. Louis Lambert's Cafe. It would bring in more revenue to stl county

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

anger much? and the plural of self is selves.... and im not seeing a lot of outrage.... just some mild disappointment

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

sucks, I would have been WAY more likely attend a football game that's not in downtown or in that dome.... cant stand the dome, and this was a great location for all of the people in the west areas

stacie_rehagen
stacie_rehagen

@RiverfrontTimes I heard its going to be office buidlings? Not a wise decision in my opinion...We have enough of those around here

kthmiles
kthmiles

I'd rather it see turned into a nice park with playgrounds and walking trails than that. How boring.

Tony Bologna
Tony Bologna

People are upset that they're putting offices and manufacturing plants in a gigantic empty lot that would require people to be hired? They are outraged there is going to be new jobs in STL? Go fuck yourselfs.

Susan Wolters
Susan Wolters

Better than nothing? I beg to differ. We don't need more office parks.

Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon

FTA: "The company's president tells the Post-Dispatch that there are no plans to incorporate a football stadium into its vision for the property. The same goes for a shopping center or retail outlet." So don't worry. No shopping center.

Brian Blood
Brian Blood

BOO. More stores and chains that no one in the area can afford. what a waste. I would rather have a big park.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@Tony Parente they are just pissed because they seriously believed that the rams would build a stadium out where they wouldn't have to interact with all of those scary brown people they have fled from in the past decades.

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