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Monsanto Denies Rumors of Planned Expansion of Chesterfield Facility

The company said it had not made any decisions to change or expand the Chesterfield Village Research Center after a report surfaced earlier this week that a new building was in the works.

Monsanto is denying a report that surfaced earlier this week that it was planning to construct a new 400,000-square-foot facility on its Chesterfield Village Research Center Campus.

The rumor appeared in an article on NextSTL.com, which cited unnamed sources and said McCarthy Building Companies and Cannon Design had been selected to provide “preconstruction services.”

Patch reached out to Monsanto, who provided the following statement: “We are constantly looking at opportunities to improve our facilities, but we have not made any decisions to change or expand our Chesterfield Village Research Center location.”

Likewise, officials with the city of Chesterfield’s planning department said they had not received any applications from Monsanto related to a possible new facility.

Monsanto acquired the campus at 700 W. Chesterfield Parkway in 2009 from Pfizer, who had also used it as a research facility. According to the company, the research center spans 1.5 million square feet and includes 250 laboratories, 122 plant growth chambers and 2 acres of greenhouses. Research is focused on producing agricultural products with increased productivity, such as drought-tolerant corn and higher-yielding soybeans. 

Geoff Whittington January 25, 2013 at 06:51 PM
My name is Geoff Whittington. I wrote the nextSTL.com item. I stand by my source information and this item 100%. Also, I mentioned in my item that this project did not have a start date yet. So, why would the Chesterfield planning department have received any applications thus far? My item headline includes the word "plans" and the item also uses the word "intends" both of which do not allude to anything being final or set. Finally, I do not see any "denial" in the quote you provided by Monsanto. Why didn't you ask them if McCarthy or Cannon had been hired to do precon on this project?
Frank Johnson January 25, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Hi Geoff, I wrote the story above and I wanted to respond to the concerns you’ve raised. The article is written in such a way that it can be inferred (and for some of the reasons you’ve stated) that there could possibly be something in the works. It doesn’t say that your information is false. As for the use of the word “denial,” it’s appropriate because the “decision” mentioned in the statement could also refer to the preliminary stages of the planning process as well as a formal go-ahead.
Geoff Whittington April 23, 2013 at 05:51 PM
http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/monsanto-plans-big-expansion-in-chesterfield/article_561d890f-5f36-5914-af44-1555a5fac37a.html

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