Mayor Len Pagano
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Leonard B. "Len" Pagano lives in Hanover Crossing and has been a resident for over 35 years. He was honorably discharged form both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. He is a high school graduate and took specialty courses at both St. Charles County and Florissant Valley Community Colleges. He is retired from Unilever HPC where he worked as St. Louis Plant Warehouse Coordinator. He and his wife, Joyce, have three children, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Mayor Pagano has served the City of St. Peters as an elected official since 1983. He was a Ward 3 Alderman from 1983-2007. In April 2007, he was elected Mayor of St. Peters to fill a vacancy. In April 2008, he was re-elected to a full, four-year term.
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Message from Mayor Pagano
The Future of Premier 370 Business Park is Here
Back at the turn of this century, our voters shared the vision we had for the future of economic development in St. Peters. They voted in April 2000 by 67% to approve a $35 million bond issue that made it possible to develop land along Highway 370.
I was an Alderman at the time. In part, this is what I wrote in our UpFront newsletter after that vote: “Your support once again will help the City grow. The issue’s approval is yet another sign that voters in St. Peters are progressive thinkers who want to move forward into the new millennium.”
There were many twists and turns along the way since that vote. The land for Premier 370 Business Park, the 850-acre special district along Highway 370, was sold by the City to a partnership including Duke Realty in 2006 and first became available for commercial development in 2009. The unfortunate part is that this was the exact time we were in the middle of a recession that would set back economic development for several years in St. Peters and across the country. Thanks to the sale of the property along Highway 370 to the development group, we were able to build the beautiful 300-acre 370 Lakeside Park in this area for you, the residents. Plus, residents received four months of free trash service each year for 7 years (plus 2 more free months for another year) thanks to the land sale.
Commercial development at Premier 370 moved slowly at first, with trucking company Dayton Freight opening a 51,000-square-foot distribution center at Premier 370 in 2011. As the economy has improved, interest in this prime development area has also been increasing with several projects “on the drawing board.”
I’m very pleased to say that the future for Premier 370 Business Park—and our economic development future—is here NOW!
Reckitt Benckiser (RB), a global leader in the manufacture of home, hygiene and health products, is building a new $31.5 million, 715,000-square-foot facility at Premier 370 Business Park on 48 acres owned by Duke Realty along Premier Parkway. The new RB facility will be used for warehouses, custom manufacturing and repackaging operations.
RB also will build a 27,000-square-foot expansion at the company’s current 425,000-square-foot location in the Arrowhead Industrial Park off Salt River Road near Highway 79.
RB says that these two new projects will eventually provide 450 new jobs. And, as Mayor, I can tell you that it’s a great accomplishment any time you can add hundreds of jobs locally, in addition to the construction trades jobs to build these projects.
We expect a lot more great news for the Premier 370 Business Park moving forward. There are still 688 acres of developable land along Highway 370 in St. Peters. And the development group tells us that more is on the way!
Duke Realty has been approved to build a 500,000-square-foot office/warehouse “spec building” across the street from the RB expansion in Premier 370 that should lure more development to the business park. And, we continue to hear of growing interest in Premier 370 Business Park.
Premier 370 is unlike any other commercial development area because there is nothing like it in our area. Where else would workers be able to clock in to a great job in St. Peters, and clock out, get on their bicycles and in five minutes on a bike trail be able to be in a 300-acre park with a beautiful lake!
There’s a good chance for thousands of more new jobs opening in this one business park in the years ahead, in addition to millions of man-hours of construction trades jobs on these projects!
Back before the recession, an independent study by an expert on site selection found that St. Charles County faced a shortage of sites for employers, and that St. Peters’ Lakeside 370 project (since renamed Premier 370 Business Park) could provide a solution to that issue. Now that the economy is heating up, I think that we’re seeing that this is coming true. Not many locations can provide development for 48-acre sites with buildings bigger than 700,000 square feet—and have so much room to grow. To give you an idea of the size of these projects at Premier 370, the entire floor of the Scottrade Center is 36,000 square feet—multiply that by 20 to reach the total space in the new RB site. And, talk about a home run—you could fit nearly two Busch Stadiums on the RB site.
I’m proud to be part of this forward-thinking community. Like I said last month about the success of the City Centre TIF, it’s all about quality of life. And, that means you, the resident, are the big winner when we develop Premier 370. New commercial development lessens your tax burden and provides more jobs closer to home. New tax revenue helps fund streets, parks, recreation, stormwater improvements, police protection and other City services important to you. That all adds up to a direct and positive impact on your life as a St. Peters resident—and why St. Peters is often cited as one of America’s best places to live.
With good planning and foresight, we’ve been able to build a brighter future together—and that’s what good government is about!
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