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Former Clayton Police headquarters

A developer wants to build a 10-story hotel with 200 rooms on the site of Clayton police's former headquarters. 

A group that includes a Montana developer and the CEO of Keeley Companies has a deal to buy the city of Clayton’s former police headquarters at 227 South Central Avenue.

The Clayton Board of Aldermen approved an agreement Tuesday to sell the vacant property for $2.375 million to HB Clayton LLC, which plans to build a 10- to 12-story hotel with 200 rooms on the site.

Montana-based developer HomeBase is partnering with investor Rusty Keeley, who leads a group of companies that includes St. Louis-based L. Keeley Construction, said HomeBase President Andy Holloran.

Holloran said the $45 million project includes a rooftop bar and restaurant that would be open to the public but that the group has not settled on a hotel brand yet.

His company has mostly developed residential and mixed-use projects in Bozeman, Mont. But he had family move to the St. Louis area about 15 years ago and he has been visiting since, befriending Keeley in the process.

Clayton still has to approve the hotel project’s zoning and design, and the sale won’t close until the developer obtains those approvals.

Clayton first sought private development plans for the building next to the MetroLink station in the summer of 2015. It followed up with a second request for proposals in February and received four responses by April.

The former police headquarters has been vacant since the department moved to 10 South Brentwood Boulevard about five years ago.

Clayton staff recommended HB Clayton in a report to aldermen this week.

It also recommends subleasing 100 of the city’s parking spaces in the Shaw Park garage to the company for hotel parking.

The sale is contingent on the parties reaching agreement on the parking.

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Jacob Barker is a business reporter for the Post-Dispatch. 314-340-8291