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California company to redevelop old Ford plant

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By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – A development company is planning to tear down the old Ford plant in Hazelwood and put up commercial and light industrial buildings.

Panattoni, of Sacramento, is buying the property from Ford, and Hazelwood Mayor T.R. Carr said demolition could begin later this year.

Although another, larger development known as North Park is being built in north St. Louis County, Carr said the 155-acre Ford site has key advantages, including railroad access.

"Also, given our proximity to Interstates 170, 270, 70 and Lindbergh Blvd., this is a strategic location," Carr said. "And we believe this site can be developed in concert with the other sites in St. Louis County."

The Hazelwood City council must approve any redevelopment deal. They plan to discuss it at their meeting April 2.

The automaker closed the plant two years ago as part of a corporate restructuring plan. Workers there most recently made Explorer and Mountaineer SUVs.

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