ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – More on our top story – the plane crash in Chesterfield that killed a St. Louis business leader on Wednesday and the legacy Jim Smith leaves behind.

It all comes back to the Chase Park Plaza. The iconic hotel was closed for nearly a decade before Jim Smith and his partners led the project to revitalize it in the late 1990s.

He went on to manage the hotel for years afterwards.

Smith is a St. Louis native who had other real estate ventures in addition to the Chase Park Plaza. From developing houses in Mexico to restoring homes in Ste. Genevieve. He also brought his daughter into the business as well.

But Smith’s legacy will always be the Chase Park Plaza. He once told the St. Louis Business Journal “I feel fortunate to be involved in this property, which is a part of history. After I’m gone, I hope the next person continues with that same sense of direction and passion.”

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