Logistics Center Planned for Jamestown Mall Site, County Officials Say

By on May 18, 2018

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  Jamestown Mall won’t come back as a shopping center in its next life.

The former shopping mall in north St. Louis County will be redeveloped into a logistics center by the same developer behind massive warehouse projects elsewhere in north St. Louis County, county economic development officials said Thursday.

Kansas City-based NorthPoint Logistics was the only company that responded to the county’s request for proposals to redevelop the dilapidated indoor mall, said Sheila Sweeney, chief executive officer of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.

NorthPoint is the same firm behind the 165-acre Hazelwood Logistics Park, where it plans to start its seventh and eighth warehouses at that site by the end of this year. It is also considering a new industrial park north of the St. Louis Outlet Mall.

Sweeney said NorthPoint had agreed to pay the St. Louis County Port Authority $2.5 million for Jamestown Mall, and planned to abate any hazardous waste and demolish the mall at its own expense.

Her comments came in an interview late Thursday after the Post-Dispatch reported that County Executive Steve Stenger had confirmed the selection of a firm that had been the lone bidder on the project. Sweeney initially said she could not talk about the project, but later said the developer had cleared her to discuss it.

Sweeney said she was “very excited about what we received. I think it answers a lot of what the community is hoping for. Especially with jobs.”

Councilwoman Rochelle Walton Gray, D-Fourth District, said she was not happy about the development planned for her district.

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