A proposed history museum could find a temporary home at the struggling Chesterfield Mall.
The Chesterfield Historic and Landmark Preservation Committee is proposing to lease space from the mall for a museum that would unite historic items and artifacts from the area's early settlements and the city's incorporation that are scattered across various facilities.
Committee members say cataloging the items has been difficult without a dedicated, museum-quality and temperature-controlled location and are asking the city to sign a lease for a temporary space to store and display them.
The mall has reportedly agreed to lease a 5,500-square-foot space to the city for $100 a month, plus utilities, with the total cost to the city estimated to be no higher than $4,000 a year, according to a memo sent by Justin Wyse, Chesterfield's director of planning and development services, to City Administrator Michael Geisel. The one-year lease would allow the mall or the city to vacate the lease within 30 days.