Clayton Holding Public Hearing to Discuss Centene Expansion

CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – There’s a big meeting tonight about Centene’s future expansion in Clayton.

Developers will once again lay out their ideas for a $800 million, 34-story tower before the city’s Planning Commission and Architectural Review Board.

Among those in the audience will be many concerned Clayton residents, like Barb Abbett. She says residents don’t oppose the expansion itself, but rather they are concerned about how some of its elements are carried out.

“We want to be sure that [the expansion] does not impact negatively on the way people move about our community, on the way people live in their homes,” Abbett says.

Some Clayton residents say they want to see the proposed tower moved further north near Centene’s current building. Others have questions about the project’s overall scope and are upset with recent comments by Centene developer Bob Clark that they believe downplay their concerns.

“We are concerned about size, we are concerned about the traffic, we are concerned about the overall impact on the community of Clayton,” says Abbett.

The city’s Planning Commission has already recommended some changes, such as fewer parking spaces and more street-level retail.

To accommodate a large crowd, this evening’s public hearing starts at 5:30 p.m. at Clayton High School.

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