Rombach Farms Open Despite Outlets Scare
No stormwater drainage ditches expected to bisect popular farmland.
Despite concerns last month over the potential for open drainage ditches cutting through a popular family-owned pumpkin farm in Chesterfield Valley by outlet stores developers, the seasonal farm stand is now open for business.
Rombach Farms maintains its vegetable, fruit and jams stand along Olive Street Road at the far western end of Chesterfield Valley, close to the Boone Bridge crossing over into St. Charles County.
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The family farm, which will turn 100 years old in 2013, backs up to 188 acres owned by developers looking to install sewer, water, roads and landscaping on the property, for a 55-acre outlet stores shopping center along Highway 40/64.
City officials said developers for St. Louis Premium Outlets would be responsible for working out a stormwater drainage plan—whether it was with Rombach farms owners or someone, something else—and submit the plan to the city.
The city's chief planner said recently there would be no "eminent domain" seizure of property by the city for the development of the outlets.