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Premier 370 could see development of another large distribution center

On July 3, the St. Peters Planning and Zoning Commission gave a positive recommendation to a  proposed one-story, 47-foot-tall, 811,300-square-foot office/warehouse building to be located within the Premier 370 Business Park.

Medline, a Chicago-based manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies, purchased a 52-acre lot on the south side of Premier Parkway, and east side of Executive Centre Parkway in the Premier 370 Business Park, on which the office/warehouse will be built.

Reports from the city’s planning, community and economic development staff indicate the site will have 584 parking spaces, giving a rough estimation of the potential job creation of the new facility. Additionally, the site will have 224 trailer parking spaces.

Headquartered in Northfield, Illinois, Medline reached $10.2 billion in sales in 2017 [the most recent figure available on the company website]. That same year it ranked No. 32 on the Forbes list of largest privately held companies in America. It is reported to employ more than 18,000 people worldwide with operations in more than 25 countries.

An updated traffic study for Premier 370 Business Park found that a dedicated right turn-in lane is needed along Premier Parkway to handle traffic associated with the Medline facility. If approved for development by the city council, the property owner and the city will implement those necessary improvements.

According to city staff, a number of transportation improvements, including new traffic lanes and new/enhanced traffic signals, already have been implemented as a result of a traffic study associated with the addition of the Amazon Distribution Center to the business park.

City staff reports indicate that access to the site will be from two curb cuts to Premier Parkway and one curb cut to Executive Centre Parkway. Access into and out of the site will be from the eastern entrance onto Premier Parkway with the other two curb cuts generally limited to just existing cars and/or trucks.

A six-foot-tall black vinyl coated fence will extend around the entire site including the front parking lots along Premier Parkway and Executive Centre Parkway. City code permits a fence in a commercial area to extend into the front yard area if approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The proposed fence is necessary for site security and would be consistent with other large scale industrial developments. A continuous row of trees will help to soften the fence’s appearance along the street side of the property.

Medline is a family owned company now in its fourth generation of leadership. It was founded in 1966.

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