St. Louis, MO (KTRS) A legal battle is brewing within the Busch family over the proposed sale of Grant’s Farm.
The St. Louis Zoo wants to buy the St. Louis attraction for $30 million. Four of the Busch siblings support the sale, but Billy Busch opposes it, saying he wants it to stay in the family.
In a released statement Busch said “maintaining continued Busch Family ownership of historic Grant’s Farm is something that was very important to my dad, Gussie Busch, who said so in his will, and it’s extremely important to me and my family. I grew up at Grant’s Farm, it was my home, and it still feels like home to me.”
Billy Busch made an offer to purchase Grant’s Farm from the family trust at a comparable price. He adds, “If I am fortunate enough to become the sole owner, my goal is to continue Grant’s Farm as a major family and tourist destination, just as my father did for generations for all St. Louisans, their families and friends.”
If the a judge rules in favor of the St. Louis Zoo, closing on the land could happen in December of 2016 and renovations could begin as soon as 2018.