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PowerPlex Looks to Make a Deal with St. Louis Mills

February 20, 2018 - 8:40 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Hazelwood is on the verge of hitting a home run for the struggling Mills Outlet Mall. Backers of a huge indoor/outdoor youth sports complex are hoping to close a deal soon.


More an 80-percent of the Mills is vacant but the PowerPlex would take up a lot of that empty space.

"Would they replace the mall? No, it will blend in with some retail within the mall," says Hazelwood Mayor Matthew Robinson.

Backers turned their attention elsewhere after Chesterfield denied their hopes for a huge dome to house youth sports tournaments. So now it's between Hazelwood and St. Peters, but Hazelwood seems to be the front-runner if a deal can get done. Mayor Robinson says this would be huge for the Mills Mall.

"They're going to build indoor, under the roof, sports facilities. Volleyball, softball, women's softball, one of the major ones here in the midwest," he says. 

Robinson says developers would replace big box stores with indoor volleyball and basketball courts, and much of the parking lot would turn into baseball and softball fields, even an indoor/outdoor waterpark, and the Mayor says don't forget heads in beds.

"Roughly there's like 3.5 million visitors a year, and they'll all be needing to stay in hotels throughout the Hazelwood, Bridgeton area," he says.  

But they're still working out a deal. St. Louis County would have to contribute just under $7 million. County Council members are holding a hearing on that Wednesday.  Should this deal not come together, the Mills Mall would likely go into foreclosure and the Power-Plex would be built in St. Peters.