Developer Ties Mix Of Uses Into Stadium Plans

<p>Officials and developers in St. Louis continue their quest to draw a Major League Soccer team to the city with recently revealed plans for a major stadium-housing-retail-office complex.</p>
August 11, 2007, 11am PDT | Nate Berg
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"The Collinsville City Council will hear a presentation from East Alton attorney Jeff Cooper about a 400-acre development project that would include an 18,900-seat stadium, a hotel, at least two restaurants, about 1,000 single-family homes, several youth soccer fields and nearly 500,000 square feet of office and retail space."

"When I saw it,' said Collinsville Mayor Stan Schaeffer, 'I was expecting a stadium - and I got a suburb.'"

"If the stadium plan is approved, St. Louis soon could be granted an MLS expansion franchise that would begin play in 2009. Cooper has negotiated extensively with the league about securing a team and is confident that once a stadium deal is done, a team would soon follow."

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Published on Friday, August 10, 2007 in St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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