We are now only 4 days away from the first Politics post. It's subject will be MAKE SAINT LOUIS SAFE AGAIN. The foundation that this will lay will in the end turn the city's economic downfall around to uncontrollable economic growth. That means everything in this video WILL Become #1 with the reforms to make our City Safe and Great Again!
A lot of new developments are coming along in he City of Saint louis alone. these by time 2020 roles around will be worth more than $6 Billion. I have listed them all here so you know what the $6 Billion+ is going towards.CENTRAL WEST END
GRAND TOTAL= $6 Billion
Please know that not all projects are included which pushed the price tag of the development up to $6.5- $7 Billion.
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A piece of the City's Industrial Age is ready for a new life. Lawrence Group is beginning work on turning the old Foundry into a Retail, Office and Dining Hub for the Midtown area of Saint Louis. The City Foundry St. louis @ Cortex lies on Forest Park Parkway between Vandeventer and Spring on the Northern Side of Interstate 64. The Project is slated to be Completed in the Fall of 2018 and have the following amenities:
48,000 Square Feet of Space with 20 Chef Inspired Restaurants inside of the Food Hall.
124,000 Square Feet of office Space
133,000 Square Feet of Retail Space with around 45 Stores (One Retailer to have 30k Square Feet of Space. Walmart or Target?)
A 511 Space Parking Garage and Surface Parking
Connection to the Great Rivers Greenway VIA The old Train Bridge that runs through the site.
Phase 2 (Which will begin Construction after the first Phase of the Project is completed and be completed in 2021) will add the following to the current project:
265,000 Square Feet of additional Office Space (Totaling 389,000 Square Feet of Office Space by 2021).
16,000 Square Feet of Retail Space (Totaling 149,000 Square Feet of Retail Space)
279 Unit Residential Tower and More Parking
When Completed, the development will be more like a Mall, Office and Entertainment Destination. Much like the Kansas City Power and Light District. The Total Cost for this major Redevelopment is $340 Million. That makes it one of the most expensive revitalizations in The City of Saint Louis.
Because of the projects size, updates to the project will be posted monthly in the STL Projects page and here on the main page.
The old Armory just South of the new City Foundry site has seen a lot of news lately since Green Street Property Group bought the property. The Proposal? To Redevelop the building into a entertainment center and connect it to the City Foundry and Food Hall. Forming a Entertainment and Shopping destination for the Midtown region. It would connected VIA Bridge between the upper and lower decks of i64. A 1o000 car Parking Garage is also planned. It would sit directly West of the Grand Boulevard Metro Stop. On top of that would be a mid rise building adding to the development area. When Completed in possibly 2019 or 2020, it would add to the growth of the area. This project, the City Foundry Site and New SLU hospital will in total add about $1 billion to the Midtown development boom. That's $1 billion in development in just about 3 years, with possibly more to follow with other sites being eyed by developers.
I plan on opening up a retail store and café in Ballpark Village in June 2020. The Store and Café will feature products of all kinds and food that was discovered in Saint Louis and in true Saint louis style. Donate today, that way, we can make this store a reality!
A recent article by CBS Local-KMOX St. Louis is confirming the rumors of what's next for the mega project to be called Ballpark Village. The man they talked to is the director of development. He says that negotiations are in full swing with possible tenants and others. The ambition in phase 2 is to build a Residential Building, Office Building and a Hotel along with more retail along the streets. This plan also calls for the dissolving of the parking gates on all entrances to the village and moving those entrances to the lot entrances. The Announcement could be on the horizon with all this information coming out.
That annoucnemnt could be released in any of these 3 times...
1. October 2016- The Post-Season, if the Cardinals get into the playoffs for the National League Title, a announcement could come because of all the media coverage.
2. October 2016- Even if the Cardinals don't make it into the Post Season, the Announcement should be made during this month so that public hearings can be held on the project.
3. January 2017- During winter warm up the Cardinals could announce the Second Phase. But doing so is a bad choice because all the hearings would start and intitial approval won't be given until late Summer 2017.
All of the dates are key. A October announcement could lead to Early Spring Construction, Mid Einter Announcement could lead to late Summer construction. Bill Dewitt has said before that he wants to break ground in Early 2017. Which means October will have to be the month. Unless they don't plan on having hearings and begin building the project immediately after announcing. But the projects second phase should be done in about 3 years when it begins in 2017 and opens in 2020
We will have to wait and see.
(Background)- Ballpark Village's original vision was composed of several high rises all in the block over looking he City and stadium. Followed by several companies pulling out and not enough effort, Ballpark Village descended into madness. When the Recession hit, it nearly nailed the coffin shut. But a first Phase was announced in 2012 and the following year, construction started on the existing building. All lots were designed to have components for everything underneath them to kickstart future development which is where we are now.
It is interesting to see the progress that has been made on the soon to be 27 floor Skyscraper. Progress is moving steadily. But there are some things to be least desired. 1 of the things is the loscation. It is right next door to the Metro garage. The views out that side of the building will be boring and not very great. 2. Clayton is dead on weekends and evenings meaning that if people want entertainment, they have trip travel to the loop, or if they want shopping they have to go to the galleria. 3. The last issue of the last of town it is in. Clayton has offices but the last thing they need is Residential filling in the lots. This project would have been a great addition to the city of Saint Louis. But who knows, maybe Ballpark Village Phase 2 will have a game changing highrise. I guesss we will have to wait and see what Bill Dewitt announces Phase 2 sometime next year.
Story Courtesy of stlouis-mo.gov
ST. LOUIS – Marking one of the highest increases in construction value from year to year, more than $1 billion worth of total added construction value has been made to neighborhoods and business districts in the City of St. Louis. The City's Building Division issued 4,929 building permits and 15,735 trades permits (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing permits) for residential and commercial construction in fiscal year 2016.
The total construction value from FY16 building permits equaled just more than $700 million dollars, an increase of nearly $75 million dollars over last year. The 12 percent increase represents all types of construction projects, including office rehabs, new lofts, hospital construction, single family and multi-family residential construction, as well as new and rehab commercial construction...
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