Progress Made On MSP Area Redevelopment

The City of Jefferson and its working committee, the Missouri State Penitentiary Community Partners, are moving toward selecting and contracting with a Master developer to work on projects in the MSP redevelopment area. The city recently approved the content of the request for qualifications for redevelopment of a portion of the Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP). The city is seeking a visionary partner to be the master developer of a project to transform the former MSP site into a dynamic, mixed-use development. The Missouri State Penitentiary was in operation from 1836 to 2004, and was the oldest operating prison west of the Mississippi River. The MSP Redevelopment Project, because of its history and location, represents a rare opportunity to create a special community hub that will enhance the experience of living and working in, or just traveling through, the city’s downtown for residents and visitors alike. This RFQ is the first step in a two-step process for selection of a master developer. The second step will invite selected RFQ respondents to submit a detailed redevelopment proposal for evaluation and selection by the committee and the city council.

Mayor Carrie Tergin says, “This is an opportunity for redevelopment like no other. The historic Missouri State Penitentiary site, with a stunning river view and walking distance to the State Capitol, attracts thousands from around the world to see the irreplaceable architecture and hear the stories and history in person. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this unique site.”

Councilman Mark Schreiber, Chair of Missouri State Penitentiary Community Partners, adds, “This is another grand opportunity for the continuing partnership for our community. We need to move forward and make it happen for future generations.”