Chesterfield approves zoning request for mall redevelopment

A plan to demolish the Chesterfield Mall and redevelop the land will move forward.
Published: Sep. 6, 2023 at 6:36 PM CDT
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CHESTERFIELD, Mo. -- A plan to demolish the Chesterfield Mall and redevelop the land will move forward.

Tuesday night, the Chesterfield City Council unanimously approved a proposal from the Staenberg group to move forward with its $2 billion “Downtown Chesterfield” project, a 96-acre mixed-use development with more than 2,500 residential units and additional business and commercial space.

Michael Staenberg, the founder of TSG, said that demolition of the current mall could begin in late 2024 or early 2025.

“This is a long-term deal,” he said. “Potentially a 10-year buildout.”

Staenberg said leases at the mall are set to expire in November next year, though some could have the option of a six-month extension if the project faces delays.

The approval took months of discussions at council meetings and with neighborhood groups. Some residents had voiced concerns about density and other details of the plan.

Eventually, TSG agreed to define some elements of the commercial and business uses on the property and reduced the number of residential units by around 10%.

“Very few people have the opportunity to have a blank whiteboard to take 120 acres and create something unique,” Staenberg said.

Mike Geisel, the Chesterfield City Administrator, said the final zoning plan addressed the council’s concerns.

The project will also include extensive pedestrian and bike connectivity to nearby parks and trails.

“The reality is the mall could go one of two ways. It could stay stagnant and be the best drone racing facility in the Midwest, or it could be a mixed-use development,” Geisel said.