Hendren Andrae, LLC Hosts Presentation of Missouri State Penitentiary Redevelopment
Hendren Andrae, LLC recently hosted a Lunch and Learn program that addressed the history and master plan for future development of the former site of the Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP). The guest speaker was Charles Brzuchalski, an Architect with the Missouri Office of Administration and guests included government strategies attorneys, small business administration designated counsel, and interested guests.
The penitentiary site consists of over 140 acres adjacent to the Jefferson City downtown area and the Missouri River. Plans include a site for a new Federal Courthouse and other public services, retail development, hotels, museums, a virtual convention center as well as state offices. Mr. Brzuchalski described the new Lewis and Clark State Office Building occupying the top of a bluff overlooking the river which now houses the Department of Natural Resources. He also announced that the new Department of Health State Laboratory will soon be occupied on the site. Many historical features of the prison property will be retained.
Transportation access to allow development is nearing completion on Chestnut Street with the Capitol Avenue project set to begin soon. Other major transportation projects remain in the planning process. Funds from the recently approved Cole County and Jefferson City half cent sales taxes have been committed for such purposes. The master plan includes an opportunity for Missouri River access over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks which have long proved a barrier to use and development of the river front for recreational purposes in Jefferson City.
Attendees included interested business owners investing in the area, bank lenders specializing in SBA financing as well as representatives of a statewide Certified Development Company which originates SBA 504 loans.
Attorneys from Hendren Andrae, LLC have a vital interest in the Jefferson City community. The MSP development may prove to be the focus of economic development in Jefferson City for the next decade and a half.