Centene Corporation’s altered plans for Clayton expansion project withdrawn from city’s pending applications

Centene Corporation’s plan to add additional floors to its $770 million expansion, located across the street from its main headquarters in Clayton, has been withdrawn, according to the city’s pending applications website.

Initial plans, as the Clayton Times reported in August, called for the residential tower to reach a maximum height of 150 feet. Clayco, the local construction company behind the building expansion, announced last week the intention to bulk up the tower by five more floors, bringing its height to 215 feet.

In addition, the update in plans called for the residential tower to hold 15 floors of multi-family units, as well as a penthouse at the top floor portion of the tower.

Clayco had also planned to restructure the parking situation, dropping the size of the lot from 2.1 million square feet to 1.9 million. Despite that change, the number of proposed 5,800 parking spots, as initially reported, would not have been altered.

The change in plans were withdrawn on Monday, according to the city of Clayton’s website.

Clayton’s Plan Commission and Architectural Review Board was scheduled to review the new plans at a meeting open to the public at Clayton’s city hall on April 2.

It is unclear if Clayco, the company constructing the expansion, plans to file a new, altered proposal. Clayco did not immediately return calls for comment.

The submission of new plans came some seven months after comments from some city officials and residents called for revisions and refinements, regarding rezoning, to the overall campus design.

According to the company’s website, Centene’s expansion project will create 2,000 jobs, half of which will be new to Missouri, with annual salaries averaging $73,000 plus benefits.

The expansion includes parking garages, residential units, a hotel and civic auditorium, and multiple office towers.

The project’s first stage, which is slated to be completed in 2019, includes a 600,000-square-foot office tower with a parking garage adjacent to Centene’s headquarters on Forsyth Blvd.

For more information, visit the city’s development news page.

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