Missouri company looks to build power plant on old Chrysler site in Fenton

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by Matt Sczesny / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 22 at 10:19 PM

FENTON, Mo. (KMOV) -- New life may be coming to the old Chrysler plant site in Fenton. 

News 4 has learned that interest is now centered on building a power plant on the site that would serve Kirkwood and other cities around Missouri.

A Kirkwood official says the Missouri Public Utility Alliance is looking at the site along Interstate 44 for a gas powered plant, along with other sites in the Midwest.

The Missouri Public Utility Alliance is a not-for-profit group that supplies electricity to cities around Missouri that own their own utilities, like Kirkwood.

Reportedly, MPUA is interested in the Fenton site because of existing underground gas lines.

The idea is still in its infancy stage, so much that is was news to St. Louis County’s Economic Council, which has been busy marketing this site.

“It’s very important, we’re very actively trying to bring new investment and new jobs,” said Doug Rasmussen, who works on the council “We realize it’s a big hole we’re trying to fill.”

The Fenton site has been the source of constant rumors, everything from another automobile plant to a new stadium for the St. Louis Rams. But Fenton’s mayor says there has been a lot of interest in the site recently.

“I think it’s just a matter of time before some comes along and has the where with all both financially and project wise that makes sense for the property,” said Mayor Dennis Hancock. “There’s a lot of different interest in it.”

St. Louis County’s Economic Council says they doubt a gas power plant would take up all 300 acres on the property, and it’s not likely to come close to replacing the 8,000 jobs that were lost when Chrysler closed the last of two manufacturing plants in 2009.

But officials say anything on the property is a start to being productive again.

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