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Plan to sell St. Louis County parkland for Jefferson Barracks expansion moves ahead


ST. LOUIS — A proposal to sell St. Louis County parkland for expansion of Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery is taking a step forward.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) reports that the county and the Veterans Administration have agreed to mutually appraise the value of a 38-acre section of Sylvan Springs Park. A final purchase could occur in 30 to 45 days if a sales agreement is reached.

County officials believe the land was worth about $1.7 million.

Parks director Gary Bess says the county has received positive feedback on the proposal.

The cemetery is the nation's fifth busiest military resting place. Officials have estimated that without expansion, it will run out of grave sites sometime in the next six years.

More than 302,000 veterans and their relatives are buried at Jefferson Barracks.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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