Former St. Louis Chrysler Plant Won't Feature IKEA or Football Stadium for Rams


The former Chrysler plant as seen from Interstate 44 in Fenton.
  • The former Chrysler plant as seen from Interstate 44 in Fenton.

Years of speculation scuttled just like that. The former Chrysler factory in Fenton won't be home to the St. Louis Rams or IKEA. Instead, the 295-acre tract along Interstate 44 will house an office park and light industrial manufacturing.

Try to contain your enthusiasm, people.

The site has sat vacant since 2009 when the automaker closed down its last production line that once spat out minivans and pickup trucks. Since then rumors have been flying that the property would house a destination venue.

See also: 5 Ideas for Fenton's Vacant Chrysler Site

Last year the mayor of Fenton proposed that the Rams build a new stadium on the site -- an idea that has only gained steam since the team rejected an offer from St. Louis officials to renovate the Edward Jones Dome. In recent years the property has also been rumored to be the future home of a much-anticipated (but never confirmed) IKEA.


See also: Facebook Fans "Like" IKEA for Former Chrysler Plant, But Is It Feasible?

But neither the football stadium or the IKEA are in the works. The Clayton-based firm KP Development recently purchased the site. The company's president tells the Post-Dispatch that there are no plans to incorporate a football stadium into its vision for the property. The same goes for a shopping center or retail outlet.

Tailgaters and cheap-furniture aficionados: We're so sorry.


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