New owners plan 'downtown' for Chesterfield Mall site

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CHESTERFIELD (KMOX) -- Chesterfield Mall has a new, local owner.

KMOX News told you last week that The Staenberg Group was close to finalizing its purchase of most of Chesterfield Mall. That deal is now official.

Georgia-based Hull Property Group bought the 1.3 million square foot shopping center out of receivership in 2018. TSG already owned the former Sears department store parcel.

TSG Vice President of Development Tim Lowe reaffirms what he previously told us -- they plan to turn the site into "Downtown Chesterfield."

What's that going to be like?

Overall, "the plan would be to convert the property to more of a mixed-use, urban downtown," Lowe said. "Santana Row (in San Jose) is a great example. The Domain in Austin is another. Legacy West in Dallas. There's a lot of great examples around the country."

Chesterfield doesn't have a walkable, urban district. Lowe compares this plan to downtown Clayton.

The "epicenter" of west county, he says, would include multi-family residential, office, retail and restaurants as well as a theater, grocery store and fitness center.

He says they'll take the next six months to work on rezoning, financing, design, and the master plan. We could see renderings in the next six months. But don't expect any dirt to be turned on the site for another two to three years.

Does that mean Macy's will stay and Dillard's will re-open?

"Dillard's is closed. It doesn't mean they're gone. They're closed because of their water damage. We need to work with them to find out what their long term plans and goals are for the property," he said. As for Macy's, "we'd love for them to stay."

There could be some public incentives required for Chesterfield Mall's rebirth. Lowe hinted that securing "entitlements" is on their to-do list.

Last week, KMOX also reported on TSG's move to tear down a chunk of the nearby former Taubman Prestige Outlets to turn into an entertainment complex.