Chez Pujols



photo by Jennifer Silverberg
Albert Pujols: A man with a (house) plan?

If you were underwhelmed with Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols' KC pad when it was displayed on, the AT&T online promo featuring Deion Sanders touring the estates of baseball's greats, well, MTV's Cribs ain't got nothing on El Hombre.

An e-mail that's recently been making the rounds contains an attachment that appears to be an "estate site plan" for the "Pujols residence." Cartography was never our strong suit, but the document depicts a sprawling plot that appears to cover about twenty acres in west St. Louis County. In addition to a big-ass house, amenities include a lake with a waterfall and fountain; a boat dock that leads to a barbecue pavilion and rest rooms; three par-three golf holes of 125 yards apiece, and -- wait for it -- a "ball field" that measures 250 feet down the right-field line but a mere 230 feet in left -- a short porch, as it were.

The plan, dated August 28, was ostensibly prepared by the Maryland Heights-based Clayton Engineering Company, Inc., for the Johnson Development Company in Creve Coeur.

According to county records, Pujols owns only one home in the St. Louis area, at 13229 Autumn Trails Court in unincorporated St. Louis County, just east of the Chesterfield municipal line. The Pujolses purchased the 4,100-square-foot, 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home in late 2002 for $500,000.

The purported site plan doesn't explicitly reveal where on Wild Horse Creek Road the new Pujols manse is to be located, and Wild Horse Creek Road covers a lot of territory -- beginning at its east end as the continuation of Chesterfield Airport Road, then meandering westward into Wildwood, where it serves as the western border of Babler State Park before terminating at Manchester Road near the northwest corner of Rockwoods Reservation.

Wildwood's zoning department says most of Wild Horse Creek Road is in Chesterfield and they know nothing about any Pujols plan. We've got a call in to Teresa Price, head of planning for Chesterfield, who's out of the office till tomorrow. Also to the owner of Clayton Engineering. A call to the Johnson Co. on Friday yielded a promise they'd call us back. We're still waiting. -Tom Finkel and Chad Garrison


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