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Billy Busch unveils plan to purchase Grant's Farm

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A rendering of the proposed Busch Family Pavilion (Credit: FoxArchitects / Billy Busch) A rendering of the proposed Busch Family Pavilion (Credit: FoxArchitects / Billy Busch)
A rendering of a small Kraftig Brauhaus at Grant's Farm (Credit: FoxArchitects / Billy Busch) A rendering of a small Kraftig Brauhaus at Grant's Farm (Credit: FoxArchitects / Billy Busch)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Billy Busch has revealed a new plan to keep Grant’s Farm in his family and packed with people.

The plan includes a new pavilion, educational exhibits, year-round operation, life-sized bronze statues honoring his parents, free admission and Kräftig beer sampling.

“The extensive business plan we released today clearly reflects the desires of my father, who stated in his will that he wanted one or more of his children to buy Grant’s Farm, keep it in our family, and operate it for the public’s benefit for generations to come,” Busch told reporters. “It does just that, and does so without requiring anyone to pay their hard-earned dollars in taxes to support the operation of this tremendous asset for the St. Louis community.”

The future ownership of the farm has been debated since November, when news broke that Busch and the St. Louis Zoo were both interested in taking over.

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Four of the six members of the Busch Family Trust are in favor of selling the farm to the zoo for roughly $30 million, most of it funded by Anheuser-Busch InBev.

In a press release, Busch said he has offered his siblings a chance to serve on a Board of Directors to oversee the farm’s operations.

“It is home, and I don’t want to lose it to anyone, including the Zoo, which will require the use of the public’s hard-earned tax dollars, which is totally unnecessary,” Busch said. “My plan clearly makes the most sense, is financially sustainable, and achieves the wishes of our father, Gussie Busch.”

The zoo wants to use the site for animal husbandry, research and breeding endangered species.

Grant’s Farm was open to the public in 1954.

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