ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – (UPDATED 5:51 p.m.) Could animal-friendly Grant’s Farm one day be turned into a housing development?
That’s the fear that some members of the Busch family have if control of the animal park in South County is turned over to Billy and Adolphus Busch, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
One of the Busch siblings says she’s seen blueprints sitting around the mansion where everything on what is now Grant’s Farm is gone but the Bauernhof and the Big House. The rest has been mapped out as a subdivision.
The four other Busch siblings besides Billy and Adolphus who own Grant’s farm filed suit to sell most of the site to the Saint Louis Zoo for $30 million, saying that would keep the park intact and open to the public.
The remaining two siblings, Billy and Adolphus, instead want the property turned over to Billy for $24 million.
The four who want the zoo to take over worry that Billy doesn’t have a viable business plan and will end up selling the farm to housing developers.
Billy issued the following statement to KMOX:
“I have no intention of ever selling one square inch of Grant’s Farm. My father wanted one or more of his kids to buy Grant’s Farm, as stated in his last will and testament. My goal is to buy and operate Grant’s Farm just as it has always been run, as a wonderful, imaginative, first-class family attraction for the continued benefit of all St. Louisans and out-of-town guests.”
Billy, according to the paper, wants to build a small brewery onsite and move his Kraftig beer business there.
He’s promising to go public with a detailed business plan for Grant’s Farm soon.
A court hearing in the case is set for late March.
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