Clayton landowners lose in eminent domain battle: St Louis MO Post-Dispatch, 1/19/07

By William C. Lhotka

A judge gave Centene Plaza Redevelopment Corp. the go-ahead today to use condemnation powers to acquire three properties in the heart of Clayton for its proposed $190 million office and retail project.

St. Louis County Circuit Judge James R. Hartenbach ruled in favor of the company and Clayton in a dispute with landowners who opposed the use of eminent domain to take their businesses.

Hartenbach said both the city and Centene had acted properly and had followed Missouri law in the procedures leading to condemnation.

Centene has already purchased the former Library Limited property at Hanley and Forsyth Boulevard for $12.25 million and is seeking three properties west of that building. It already has obtained two buildings on Forsyth.

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