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Centene expansion could end up in voters' hands

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Centene headquarters plan (Credit: Centene) Centene headquarters plan (Credit: Centene)

CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- There is a push to put the biggest redevelopment in Clayton's history in the hands of the voters.

A group of Clayton residents, led by the "WE WANT A VOTE PAC" submitted a petition for a public vote to decide whether or not the Centene project moves forward and received tens of millions of dollars in financial incentives.

Centene is planning to build a 34-story tower in downtown Clayton. In addition to offices, it will include apartments and retail space. The $800 million project is slated for the corner of Hanley and Forsyth on a 16-acre plot.

Those opposed to the project are taking issue with the size and location, whether it will add more traffic, some big tax breaks from the city, and what they say was a "pre-packaged deal" with disregard to the city's downtown master plan.

On Tuesday, the group submitted a petition with hundreds of signatures. It asks for a public vote for any new building in Clayton that has more than ten stories or more than 200-thousand square feet and is part of a project that did not have all of its permits before the end of 2016. This Centene project falls into that.      

The petition must go through the Board of Aldermen before any vote is taken.

The Clayton Board of Aldermen previously approved more than $70 million over 20 years in financial incentives for the Centene project.

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