There were smiles on one side of the room at the meeting Monday night.
Would-be developers of a premiere outlet mall to be built on a 48.6-acre lot in Chesterfield Valley got the zoning decision they wanted.
The council voted 7-0 in favor of rezoning the land from "non-urban with a flood plain overlay” to a “planned commercial district."
An amendment to the rezoning allowed the land to be used as a bowling center, hospital, office/dental, professional and technical service facility, or a tackle and bait shop, in addition to the outlet malls. The amendment would have prohibited those business, but it failed 7-0.
Another amendment to keep business hours to between 6 a.m. and midnight passed with little discussion.
Bruce Zalaznick, managing partner with OutletPartners LLC, was at the meeting with two associates and two representative of the company's local counsel. They were at the meeting to hear the results of the rezoning vote, which followed the second and final reading of the ordinance. OutletPartners LLC is working in conjunction with Taubman Company on the outlet mall.
Michael Lebovitz, executive vice president of CBL & Associates, owner of Chesterfield Mall, accused the city council of contradicting its own comprehensive plan in supporting the new development. He said an outlet mall "stands only to duplicate existing retail." Chesterfield Mall was built in 1976.
Geiger acknowledged there might be some overlapping stores, but "what they’re talking about doing is, premium, upscale, which shouldn’t be in competition with everything they have in the mall."
He said the outlet malls "bring a ton of people. They come in by busloads in some cases, and the more people we have coming into Chesterfield, they’re going to go somewhere other than just a premiere outlet mall.
"It’s a plus-plus," he said. "People think Chesterfield is a good place to be. They like it. The demographics are good. And we’re kind of excited about it."
The proposed development by Taubman is the second project in the works for the valley. is planned for a 131-acre property on the south side of Highway 40/I-64.