Centene Clayton Campus Application for Architectural Review Submitted to Clayton

Centene Clayton Campus Application for Architectural Review Submitted to Clayton

Centene Clayton Campus

Yeah, it’s a bit of a tease. There are no images to go along with the Centene Clayton Campus application submitted to Clayton for architectural review. The Clayton Planning and Development page states, “**Plans have not been submitted. Plans will be presented at the 06/06/16 Plan Commission/Architectural Review Board meeting.**”

We’ll wait along with everyone else until images are shared, but the application isn’t completely devoid of information. It confirms that plans are in place for Centene’s expansive holdings along Hanley Road and Forsyth Avenue in downtown Clayton.

Since we wrote in April, Centene appears to have acquired one additional property at 7606 Forsyth. Cushman & Wakefield is listed as the contact for the property owner, Clayco is listed as the development applicant, and HOK as project architect.

The proposed project is labeled “mixed-use”, with the description reading, “A mixed use development for Applicant and office tenants including office space, Corporate Multipurpose Training Center, Corporate Lodging Facility, Corporate Auditorium, Corporate Fitness Center, ground level retail and parking structures.”

In addition, the application states that the development “differs from the zoning ordinance in land use, zoning, height, and FAR (floor area ratio).” The project’s total square feet, building heights, and more are all left as “TBD” (to be determined).

The only other information offered addresses the development’s relationship to the Clayton Master Plan: “Proposed development responds to the Master Plan’s desire to consolidate parcels to provide high-density offices with ground level retail. The design takes advantage of the highly visible and strategic location at the intersection of three major streets while providing pedestrian friendly streetscape that aligns with City standards with courtyards, gardens, and urban open spaces.

From our April 16 story Centene Acquires More Land, Set to Go Big in Clayton:

Centene holdings

While Centene’s purchase of land at the corner of Hanley Road and Forsyth Boulevard, has been known since late 2014, that project, or projects, may be bigger than initially understood.

Purchase of the seven parcels immediately across Hanley Road from Centene headquarters at 7700 Forsyth Boulevard in downtown Clayton, was completed in October 2014 for $14.2M.

Earlier this year as pre-construction activity commenced at that site, core drilling was also taking place to the east at the long vacant parcels along Carondelet Plaza near the Forsyth MetroLink station.

Those parcels, 11 in all (image above), now show ownership as “Clayton Property Investment LLC Co Centene Corporation”. The only properties not shown with an ownership address of the 8th floor of 7700 Forsyth are 7606 Forsyth (Forhan LLC) and Wellbridge fitness center at 7620 Forsyth (Forsyth Plaza Members LLC).

Nine of the eleven eastern parcels are shown as being purchased together for $21M in June of 2012. The additional parcels include 10 South Lyle Avenue (0.93 acres), purchased November 12 for $2.2M, and 7600 Forsyth Boulevard (2.15 acres) purchased September 25 for $9M. (Individual parcel details below.)

The total purchase price listed for all parcels now owned by Centene is in excess of $46M. What isn’t known is what’s coming to the expansive site.


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