Old Fenton Chrysler Plant Site Becomes Home to New Office Park

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Photo by Laurie Skrivan, St. Louis Post Dispatch

The Chrysler plant in Fenton sat abandoned for years before development started on office and industrial space for Fenton Logistics Park.

JUDAH KUHN, Reporter & Broadcast Editor

Along I-44 near the Soccer Park, there sits a long-empty lot. What was there? Many do not know. 

Chrysler built a plant on this lot in Fenton in 1959. It produced automobiles, such as the Dodge Dart, Charger, Coronet, Aspen, Ram and Caravan. It also turned out Chrysler Minivans and Plymouth cars, among others. They even invested in an upgrade in 2005 to increase efficiency. This plant was a recognizable landmark and employed many people. St Louis Public Radio said that the south plant alone housed 3,200 jobs.

Then, in 2009, Chrysler hit rock-bottom. This took place during the Great Recession. They began downsizing. The St Louis plant got the boot, and was closed. Production stopped. The facility was abandoned. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the abandonment of both plants caused the loss of 6,365 jobs.  

This park will breathe new life into this lot and give it something to do other than serve as a parking lot for the PGA tour.”

— Judah Kuhn, Knightly News Broadcast Editor

In 2010, Chrysler tried to demolish the plant. The St. Louis County Health Department denied the request, wanting a full asbestos removal first. After that was done, the plant came down. The site had sat vacant and for sale ever since. However, in 2016, development work started on Fenton Logistics Park, a new office/industrial park.

      The new office park is being constructed now. There will be multiple buildings and lots of office space. This park will breathe new life into this lot and give it something to do other than serve as a parking lot for the PGA tour.

Who knows what the future will hold for the park? Will Fenton Logistics Park eventually decline? Possibly. But for now, it stands as the next chapter for this historic site.