Clayton Planning Commission Approves Centene Development

CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – A marathon of a public hearing session concerning Centene’s controversial expansion plans took place last night.

The latest public hearing hosted by the city’s Planning Commission and Architectural Review Board ran well into evening after starting at 5:30 at Clayton High School. It took more than five hours for everyone who wanted to comment on the proposal to get a chance to speak.

Clayton resident Bruce Miller is a Centene stockholder who doesn’t directly oppose the project, but rather how it’s carried out. Miller pointed to Carondelet Plaza east of Hanley Road, where he says homes and businesses would be impacted.

“The traffic there is to increase 75, 80 percent,” Miller says. “[That’s a] very significant increase with no change in the structure.”

Resident Barb Abbett says the massive project could disrupt the city’s current flow, asking if Centene factored in building heights, walkability or garage accessibility during construction.

Urban League president Michael McMillan, who is in favor of the development, says “The Centene Corporation has brought a huge amount of jobs, economic viability, stability and their expansion is something we should all be supportive of.”

In the end, the Clayton Planning Commission and Architectural Review Board signed off on Centene’s proposal, sending the plan on to the next round of approval after a 5-nothing vote.

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