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.