Clayton residents speak out against Centene campus expansion

Clayton residents pushed back Monday against a massive expansion proposal from Centene Corp. that would add office space and parking spots for thousands more workers in this city’s downtown business district.

Most of them, they said, are concerned about increased traffic and density in the fast-growing suburb.

The Medicaid managed care company’s $1 billion proposal to expand its Clayton headquarters has drawn wide interest because of its scope and because early estimates put the request for related state incentives and local tax breaks at $147 million.

Approximately 200 people filled the high school auditorium for a public hearing on the proposal, which would add at least two office towers of close to 30 stories and parking for over 5,000 cars for the rapidly growing company.

Clayco CEO Bob Clark, who is heading the Centene development project, insisted that traffic studies show only about 2,300 car trips would be added during peak hours. Improvements to roads and traffic signals would be made to accommodate them, he said.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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