The Americas Center is very interesting and has many events in it throughout the year. One of the more known ones is the Auto Show. It is a win in my mind. It gets a great crowd. It shows are love for cars is strong in our city. But connected to the Americas Center is the now abandoned Edward Jones Dome. What are we going to do with that? Well my vision is to have 4 cranes erected and take the dome off of the place and disassemble the inside of the dome and build 2 new floors that will have more Convention room. Problem solved, no more abandoned stadium. Now everyone is happy.
Its time for new topics, these topics will show changes to the city of Saint Louis. They are Forgotten and Revived. They are neighbors to projects. I did that on purpose because all 3 of these topics go together somehow. I hope you check it out.
The design has changed and does not look so ugly. It is one more floor taller. It will be 14 floors and 2000 ft tall. 2 of those doors will be retail. If approved, it will be completed and open by mid 2017. This continues the redevelopment of the loop region and this redevelopment is starting to spread down Delmar towards the rundown area of DeBalivere and Delmar. This is along the streetcar route.
Clayton will be getting a monster 28 floor building built by Centene in about 2 years. Right now according to NextSTL, the buildings on the corner of Forsyth and Hanley are coming down to make way for foundation work to begin. The will be the tallest building in the mid 2010's construction boom when finished. Ground breakin could be held this April or May. This is what Downtown could've had if Centne built at Ballpark Village. The current Centene Building will be connected to the new building VIA sky bridge. Tower 2 will be split with a hotel (14 floors) and Centene Anchoring the other 14 floors.
In my opinion, when this is completed Claytons dominance on the areas Commerce will be so great that Clayton may outpace the city soon. Claytons current projects are this (29 floors), OPUS Apartments (6 floors) and 212 South Meramec (27 floors)
According to KMOV 4, Bill Dewitt the Third, addressed the Media during the winter warm up event, he called the first phase of the project a success and game changer for the downtown region. Bill Dewitt then spoke about Phase briefly saying 'that it is still very much in the works, plans are still under development". Phase 2 could include a Hotel, Offices, and a Residential building and more parking. This is all supposed to take the experience to the next level. "The next phase is supposed to put the "Village" into Ballpark Village, Phase 1 is the epicenter or the hub of the whole development with Fox Sports Midwest Live, Cardinals Nation, in future phases though we will complete that neighborhood we promised." The second Phase will be huge and could span 2 or 3 blocks of the development of the available 5 blocks. But plans are preliminary and there is no timeline yet on what to expect or when the completion will be. According to Bill Dewitt, Village fans can expect as decade wait per phase for planning purposes.
This story was from a video from KMOV's website.
So I am guessing around 2020 or 2023, Phase 2 will break ground or possibly before in the last 4 years of the second decade of the 2000's. I guess we will have to wait and see.
A abandoned building on Washington Avenue next door to the Flagship Imo's store in the 1900 of Washington caught on fire today. I was down there to see what it looked like. The smoke filled the area and according to KMOX news people, they can smell and see the smoke from their studios at the Park Pacific Building. I was also interviewed buy KMOX. This building could have been restored and shops or restaurants could have been put there.
Both Dorms are located on Laclede Avenue in the SLU-Midtown area. The farthest west Dorm has a completion of this fall and the One Dorm on Laclede and Grand has a completion of Fall 2017. Both have cranes that are visible.
So much construction will be coming to Downtown in 2016 because this huge development from The Eads Bridge to the Stan Span will take the place of the stadium. This will be transformational and will make the city scape North of the Arch look better instead of having a big stadium there.
Union Station is getting another facelift for $100 million. This will Bering a Ferris wheel among other things. It will also include a fire show and restaurants as well as a full restoration of the train shed.
For many, hearing that the Rams are planning to move from Saint Louis to LA and Stan's comments have made many people mad. For me however it is a different story. My take on the Rams in Saint Louis is a head turner. I believe in 2 things...
1. St Louis is not a NFL city. Our sports in this city are mainly Hockey and Baseball. With soccer on the rise, it shows that football has lost fans in the city. St Louis is no longer a strong NFL city and in turn we don not need the Rams and the NFL does not need us. We can have better things than another stadium which we do not need.
2. Stan Kroenke proved that St Louis is not prepared for a NFL franchise. This is true and I support it because the corrupt politicians in the city are not doing enough to make the city grow and rebeerse decades of no growth. So I agree with him.
St Louis needs to become a 2 sports teams town instead of 3. What is so good about 3 teams? Nothing! There is nothing good about having 3 teams, it just proves that we have 3 teams, nothing else. Another thing is that the city's population continues to decrease which means more football fans will not want to make the trip from the county to the city when in LA, it is not a hassle. All the brownie points go to Stan for making the best choice ever, leave STL and go to LA. So on that Stan, I applaude you.