University of Missouri Seeks Public Agency to Preserve Some Bluffs Land

By on April 9, 2019

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  After its controversial decision to sell 135 acres it owns on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River to a housing developer, the University of Missouri said Friday it wants to preserve 100 acres in St. Charles County not slated for new housing.

The university is seeking public agencies willing to buy the roughly 200 acres containing the Missouri Bluffs Golf Club and an additional 100 adjacent acres just west of Highway 40 (Interstate 64) in unincorporated St. Charles County. The university said 46 of those acres along the Katy Trail would be restricted for use as trails and public space. All 100 acres would be open to the public.

The golf course is governed by a long-term lease that prevents development for 74 years.

“We have attended several public meetings and met with many interested parties about the future of this land,” Kevin Hogg, the university’s director of real estate and business services said in a statement. “After listening to the feedback, we determined that the best action was to offer this property for sale to public entities with specific development restrictions as part of any contract. This will guarantee the land remains in a natural state for generations of Missourians.”

The university is under contract to sell another portion of that land it owns just south of the Missouri Research Park to housing developer Greg Whittaker for development as 276 housing units.

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