The man who took the NFL out of St. Louis won't be pursuing a mega-development in the St. Louis suburbs after all.
Officials in Maryland Heights, Missouri, said Wednesday that billionaire real estate developer Stan Kroenke and St. Louis attorney Alan Bornstein have ended plans to develop 1,800 acres near the Missouri River.
Maryland Heights officials blamed the struggling retail economy, saying the developers couldn't find enough stores for the project.
Messages seeking comment from Kroenke and Bornstein were not returned.
Kroenke remains an unpopular figure in the St. Louis region after moving the Rams to Los Angeles this season. As part of his application to move, Kroenke was critical of the St. Louis region's economic viability, so critics found irony in his interest in Maryland Heights.