Maryland Heights officials eye development of land near new Blues practice venue

Officials in the St. Louis suburb of Maryland Heights view the $78 million Community Ice Center being constructed there — which will serve as the new practice facility for the St. Louis Blues — as part of a larger transformation that would involve hundreds of millions of dollars and develop some 200 acres of farmland.

City administrators say the swath of land could feature a hotel, restaurants, a movie theater and other recreation and entertainment venues.

Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc., a Pennsylvania-based real estate investment trust that owns the buildings for five casinos in the St. Louis area, owns the acreage, which abuts the Hollywood Casino on one side.

Maryland Heights City Administrator Jim Krischke said the REIT is looking to sell the land. The city would like to have a firm plan for development of it by the time the rink is completed in 2019, he said.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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