Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KMOX) – An 1,800-acre piece of property in Maryland Heights has received initial approval for development. Stan Kroenke’s lawyer, Alan Bornstein, owns the land.

Bornstein was not at the meeting Thursday night when the city council approved his proposal in seconds. But the approval means his project could receive tax incentives from Maryland Heights.

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The proposed site is located just East of the Missouri River near the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater and Creve Coeur Lake Park. Bornstein wants to develop entertainment venues, retail stores, office and residential building, and perhaps even a sports venue.

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David Stokes, incoming executive director of the Great Rivers Habitat Alliance, called the proposal “a mind-blowingly bad idea.”

Maryland Heights city administrator Jim Krischke said the Kroenke connection to the project had no bearing on the issue.

“This is just the process that we start to consider any proposals that are brought forward by any interested developer for this area,” Krischke says. “So the importance, obviously, is just to continue to grow the city of Maryland Heights.”

It would be one of the large developments of its kind in the St. Louis area.

Stokes says he will continue speaking out against it.

“I really hope that calmer minds and saner heads prevail and we don’t go forward with this project,” Stokes says.

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