By. Chris Stritzel
Today, after a while of being on the old design, I decided to update to Version 6. Version 6 brings a new design that is simpler and looks better across all platforms. The new design also makes searching the website even easier as you can access it at the top of every single page and post on Building St. Louis. While the main design and features remains the same, post designs are quite different and will require a little time getting used to (when viewed on desktop).
Version 6 will help pave the path for our Map, Data and History categories that will be introduced in the coming weeks. History will include the History of things in our region that have since disappeared. Maps and Data will be featured in each individual post from October 1st onward.
There are some issues though in this update that will require a little time to fix up. The most common issue is "The Archives" date selector not working correctly, and in some cases, not showing up. Other issues include the search button not recognizing that you would like to search. If this happens, please try to refresh the page. If it continually doesn't work, please contact me on my profile which can be found under "Information".
Below are two more views of the new design. The Blog Archive Page and the new menu bar.
By. Chris Stritzel
11 Months after announcing Phase 2 of Ballpark Village, The Cardinals and Cordish Companies are appearing to move forward with the project. This time, two tenants are featured in renderings showing new building design and layout. There has also been a height bump for both the office building and the Residential Tower.
First things first, this information came out of a flyer sent around by both the Cardinals and CBRE, the real estate firm managing the office portion of Ballpark Village. The Business Journal obtained the flyer and wrote about it. The Office Portion has been rumored to be the next home of downtown firm PwC. This rumor came about in February when PwC only signed a lease on their current office until Phase 2 is completed in 2019. This was confirmed by the new renderings but not by the Cardinals or PwC itself.
The second tenant is Rawlings. While there have ben no rumors about this one, some people view this idea as a strong possibility as Ballpark Village would tie well with what Rawlings does. One tenant missing is Fox Sports Midwest. In the "Phase 3" Rendering that we saw last November, Fox Sports was shown as the tenant leading many to believe that Fox Sports would be a tenant of the project. Any indication of this has yet to be announced.
New with these renderings is the inclusion of a Live! Hotel.
The Hotel will be the first of its kind in the Midwest and be situated 7th and Clark. The hotel room count is expected to be 220. Live! Hotels are 4 Star Hotels. This portion of the project got a reduced height to 8 floors and has a different design than the office portion. The office Portion has 12 Floors. Furthermore, the office Building has a sky bridge connected to the 2 floor Entertainment Building. I cannot figure our what that is for.
In regards to the Residential Tower, it is now set at 30 floors and will be situated on top of a Parking Garage. The Office Building will have its own underground garage. The tower's final height is expected to be 355 feet tall. Besides that, the tower received a design revision making it slightly more geometric. It retains its thin design as seen below (up against Broadway).
Finally, the new plans reveal how many retail/restaurant spaces there will be in this Phase. There will be only 8 Retail spaces. That is a letdown. Lobby count is at 4 (2 Office [1 Public and 1 Private], 1 Hotel and 1 Residential). Parking Garage Entrances will also be located along Cardinal Way and Broadway. Furthermore, the price per square foot of office space is close to $28. A shockingly high number for Downtown St. Louis but it is on par with that of Clayton.
Until the Cardinals release clearer renderings, possibly by the Post-Season, the rumors stay afloat and the hopes of getting Ballpark Village built out soar. Below are the other renderings of the project including a comparison in regards to the Office/Hotel Block.
The Cardinals have announced a special event for the 31st of December at Ballpark Village regarding Phase 2. According to reports, the event will reveal the newest plans and the tenants of the office building. This could also be a groundbreaking event but possibilities of this are low to none. Here is the invite posting below.
Other Images of the Building Coming Soon!
By. Chris Stritzel
When I redesigned the website in June of this year, I did so with the future in mind. I designed it with a “Menu” button that made it easy to see all tabs on one page without having to view a “more” notification. It’s basically simplification of controls. But with the future in mind as I redesigned it, I know that it would be quite handy. Today, I am excited to announce the design and development of 4 new categories for the website.
Each of them will be interconnected in more ways than one and will define this website’s legacy for years after I stop writing for it. Let’s dig into it.
1. Maps: Soon to be included in every post from October 1st and Beyond, and Projects Page is a handy feature known as maps. Each story will have the location of the building or site for future construction for reference. Each map will be created using Google MyMaps. Furthermore, a new technology map will be included that will be a graph of sorts that will tell you the blocks or miles it is away from landmarks or transit stations. Handy!
2. Data: Just as it sounds. Launching along side of Maps will be data that will give the reader specific numbers in regards to the building that will either be brought back to life or built. Data will include things such as height, cost, floor count, use and more.
3. History: A New Tab coming later this fall will target multiple historical things in the city that are unrelated to the buildings of the Central Corridor. The historic things that will go here will be Statues, Parks and Monuments as well as houses of significance. Each will have their own story in a fun layout that will feature maps as well. It will also provide data as to when it was built and, if it is a statue or monument, the reason for the construction of it.
4. Buildings: Very simple. This page will be launching in late fall of this year and will provide stories about buildings long gone but not forgotten as well as buildings that have been recently brought back to life or in the works.
There you have it! Building St. Louis will be entirely changed by time the winter rolls around. All content will be written based on research and perfected until it is accurate. A test of the Buildings category will be available this week as a normal post but not on its own page. So be on the look out for that!
By. Chris Stritzel
If you have read Building St. Louis or NextSTL over the past several months, you know that Centene is expanding in Clayton. Currently, one of their new towers is under construction directly next door to their current building at Hanley and Forsyth. After doing some digging around and receiving a tip from an anonymous source, I have found time lapse images of the construction of the new tower. It includes a video as seen above. Cushman and Wakefield are the owners of the video and construction images. They are powered by Truelook.
While most of the work so far has been underground, metal beams are just now starting to come out of the ground along Forsyth marking the official construction of the main structure. The video is interesting as it shows the transformation of a grassy lot to, what will become, a glassy tower with a bridge over Hanley. The images also show construction on the Corporate Auditorium section of the project.
When all is said and done, the new Tower will become the tallest in Clayton and the tallest building built in the State of Missouri in the 2010's. Construction is expected to finish up in 2020. Below are renderings of the project as well as Building St. Louis' stories on the project.
By. Chris Stritzel
We have all heard of Detroit. Many people say that "it is a race to the most dangerous city in the nation between Detroit and St. Louis". However, both of our cities lost much due to crime, failed urban renewal and exponential suburb growth. These accompanied by the downfall of industry led to our cities population falling and problems soaring. Now we are in the 2010s, and while this decade has been beneficial for both Detroit and St. Louis, one city takes the crown as most innovative and changing. That city is Detroit.
While Detroit filed for bankruptcy in 2013 (largest municipal bankruptcy ever recorded), many developers and investors still had spirit in Detroit and led them to push for the preservation of older buildings and the creation of new ones. Most notably, Bedrock Detroit, led by Dan Gilbert, has helped bring life back to Woodward avenue by drawing retailers such as Lululemon and Under Armor to the famous street in Downtown. Gilbert also has led the redevelopment of multiple Detroit skyscrapers that were abandoned. Bedrock's grandest plan is not redeveloping more historic structures but an ambitious skyscraper project along Woodward on the old Hudson's Department Store site. This project is known as "Hudson's"
As seen in the first photo of this article, the Hudson's Tower will be quite tall and the odium base will add retail to what is fast becoming "Detroit's Michigan Avenue". At 800 feet, it will be roughly 70ft taller than GM's Renaissance Center and will have an observation deck. Architecture firm SHoP, based in New York City, is leading the design and planning for the project. Besides this, Detroit recently opened the "Q-Line", a streetcar connecting the outside of Downtown to the core of it. The streetcar will run along Woodward.
Furthermore, Bedrock has also unveiled plans to redevelop a long vacant block in the heart of the City known as "Monroe Block". This plan is rather ambitious and features multiple high-rises and skyscrapers creating a dense, urban experience in the heart of Downtown Detroit.
Outside of the Downtown Core lies the new Little Caesars Stadium and "The District Detroit". But how are they putting us to shame? Well, just look at what I said earlier. Developers and investors are redeveloping multiple abandoned buildings. Because of this, demand for new things is really needed. Therefore developers, like Dan Gilbert, can come along and build anything they like because they know that there is a demand for it. In St. Louis, we can't get a hold of our abandoned buildings. Every time one is ghost busted, another goes empty. Most notably, the 45 Floor AT&T Center in our downtown is now sitting vacant waiting for redevelopment as 705 Olive Street, 900 block of Olive and the Chemical Building move forward.
Detroit has a much larger millennial population than St. Louis who are trying hard to restore the motor city's reputation. Here, most millennials are involved in trying to bring Justice to officer involved shootings and what not than trying to help make the City a better place to live. On the business side of things, Detroit is ahead of us. They are pushing for Amazon's Second Headquarters and have a greater chanced than St. Louis at getting it. They have an International Airport that is fairly busy. There is plenty of land to build on. Developers like Dan Gilbert will gladly help get a company to Detroit. In St. Louis, developers and government cant agree on anything making our bids for large companies mediocre at best.
Clearly Detroit is whooping us in every category. The one thing they have that we don't have though is an International Border. Sharing a border with Canada is not that bad when your neighbor is Windsor. Furthermore, an international border city will more likely to keep itself up to show the rest of the world our country's reputation. In St. Louis, we border Illinois which is a cesspool for corruption that is bleeding into St. Louis and making us corrupt. While corruption in Detroit is no better, it sucks becoming corrupted by the most corrupt state in the Union, Illinois.
So while Detroit builds itself up, St. Louis will sit where it is burning and changing to fit the needs of the lawless who want Justice and not progress.
By. Chris Stritzel
Today, the verdict in the Stockley trial came out as not guilty at 9 AM. In a city that was already on edge from the Ferguson riots, this verdict from this case made our situation worse. St. Louis already has a fragile image as it is, and this situation makes it worse, a lot worse. St. Louis is now draped in misery as the newest round of Anti-Police protests take place. This time, centered around Central West End, the trendy area of the City that has seen a ton of growth over the past decade or so, this could all very well come to a halt as these protests taint the neighborhood.
As seen in the opening video, Fox 2 News reporter Dan Gray, came face to face with protesters who are clearly angry at him for being a media member and for being white. According to him, it was the scariest moment in his media career. However, this isn't the first time this sort of thing has happened. During the Ferguson riots, Dan Gray was yelled at by protesters for telling them not to touch the camera. A reasonable request that protesters did not like, at all. But, the Stockley trial has presented a new level of hate against others as seen below.
Around 7 PM, protesters moved to Euclid in Central West End and many protesters blocked the street. Following this, they moved to Forest Park Parkway and then Kingshighway and then tried to access the highway. Police Officers blocked the entrances to the highway but the crowds did not care. They continued to protest until moving back to Euclid. This is where it gets dangerous. Crowds met up at Maryland Plz. and Euclid. the attendance was well over 1000 people as seen in the photo below.
From here, the whole situation spun downward to where protesters moved up to Mayor Lyda Krewson's Home. Protesters, by this time, they were agitators, got to Mayor Krewson's house and broke two windows and vandalized it with red paint. Agitators chanted "wake up Lyda" at the house. This is clear craziness as the Mayor, just hours earlier, voiced her disapproval of the not guilty verdict. Clearly her opinion did not matter. Many say that the Mayor was at a different location at the time. Following this, the remainder of the crowd that remained peaceful dispersed but 20 bad people stayed behind breaking numerous laws and endangering the lives of others.
The agitators began to break other houses windows and busting in car windows on cars parked in the street for the hell of it. Furthermore, they threw bricks at Cops. This is not right. Meanwhile, Twitter supporters who support this protest say that they want the freedom to kill cops in return for every black male killed by cops. They also want ultimate destruction done to police departments. Black Lives Matter members are slowly becoming homegrown terrorists whose mission is to terrorize others who do not agree with what they agree with. If this is the case, what is the poi t in having "Freedom of Expression" anymore?
Surprisingly, local events like the U2 Concert, Taste of St. Louis and the Forest Park Balloon Race will go on as scheduled. Security is likely to be higher.
At this time, St. Louis is further divided and our national image has been shattered once again. As seen in the gallery below, Tweets and images showcasing the events of the 15th are featured. Some call for violence while others are images of crowds and damage. One is a video of three young Black Lives Matter supporters jumping on a police car earlier on the day. Below the Gallery is my opinion on the events of today.
While protesters have the right to protest, they must do it peacefully! The events that have taken place were not peaceful, these were on the verge of riots. They were executed by agitators, criminals and thugs. These were and are not nice people. While I understand what they want, they are not going to get their way by doing actions that make them look like crybabies. Vandalism is not the answer. Furthermore, businesses are trying to profit off of this event by putting a "Black Lives Matter" sign in the window in hopes of drawing new clients. It is utterly wrong.
To the parents who think that bringing your young children to these events is a good thing, you people are wrong. You are endangering your child and raising them in an atmosphere of horror. Let them grow u being innocent instead of trying to educate them on issues that they could care less about at their age. On the issue of Schools and businesses closing. They are cowardice. By closing, you openly succumb to the protesters plan. That is wrong.
Finally, to the cowards who hide behind masks and threaten lives of Police Officers, you are the ultimate scum of the earth. If you have to hide, why even come out at all? You are terrorists whose goal is to change the opinions of other people so that you can benefit. That is not what "Justice" is. Justice is when your asses are locked up for looting, destroying property and threatening cops lives.
By. Chris Stritzel
On 9/11, America lost much. We lost thousands of lives and two of our most iconic buildings, the Twin Towers in New York City. The whole world was affected by this event and till this day, things are not the same. There is more security in airports, the World Trade Center Site still is not finished even after Billions if dollars have been spent trying to rebuild it. While it will never be the same, it shows a quality that is Americans have. We rebuild. After the tragic events, we came together as one people, the American people. Firefighters and contruction workers cleared the site of debris and President Bush gave a speech reassuring Americans that everything will be alright. To this day, the World is an entirely different place.
While ISIS carries out attacks in Europe and try’s to infiltrate the United States, we stand hand and hand ready to wipe them out. We are Americans, we have a low tolerance for hate when it directly attacks our values and people. As the world changes, we have changed as well. Many see the events taking place as politically motivated while others see them as necessary. Today, the events are necessary. You cannot be an American and defend the atrocities that terrorists commit for the sake of their “Religous cause”. A radical Jihad that has cost the lives of people of all different backgrounds in the hope of creating a world where terrorism is accepted as the norm.
Unless we want to see more 9/11s around the world, we need to combat these radicals. Everyone in America especially needs to be ready to fight these crazed individuals. They are not right in the mind if they want to kill random people. On this 9/11, those who see our actions as unnecessary or who claim these events were fake, think of the families who know that their son/daughter or mother/father will never come home again. Those people were innocent but were killed for jihad.
America lost much on 9/11, and the battle isn’t over. We have a while to go. The world will never be the same again. No matter what we do, we have to remember that terrorists are not our friends, they are an enemy. They must go. Families are still aching and those who stand with terrorists and radical jihadist individuals make any sane person sick. We Americans will not tolerate your stupidity or defend your idiotic choices. You simply are unamerican.
Let us remember 9/11 and always fight on for what is right and not wrong. It’s the American way whether you like it or not.
By. Chris Stritzel
If you live in St. Louis, chances are, you may have heard about the Chemical Building. Many people know it by it's distinct Red Brick that stands out among the buildings in Central Downtown. Many people also know that the building has sat abandoned for years and redevelopment plans have come in gone. Most notably, the late 2000's redevelopment that would have been known as "Alexa Apartments". This plan began construction and failed to be completed due to the Recession in 2008. Interior demolition was underway when the plan failed and has sat lifeless ever since.
Now, it is time for a new plan.
Morgan Communities form the State of New York recently purchased the property and wants to move extremely fast on getting this building reopened to the public. As the restoration is about to begin, it would kick off the last redevelopment of a structure within the Old Post Office District of Downtown. Directly next-door, Adler & Sullivan's 705 Olive Street building is being converted into a Marriott Autograph Hotel and Apartments and a few blocks away, the 900 block of Locust Street is being redeveloped as Lofts, but the prize here is the Chemical Building.
The Chemical Building, being the largest remaining abandoned structure around the Old Post Office, is the most significant. So what will this redevelopment bring? We reached out to Morgan Communities and their response was...
Basically, more of what Downtown already has only Micro-Apartments are a new thing to the region. Those types of apartments are normally found in larger cities like New York or Chicago but not in a City like St. Louis. The Chemical Building redevelopment will be yet another Abandoned Building brought back to life in one of the most un-orthodox downtown renaissances in the nation. while other cities build new structures, St. Louis values our Historic Buildings and deal with them first before building new structures. In all, after the Chemical Building gets underway within the next month, Downtown will have 3 large remaining structures to bring back to life. Those are...
While there are smaller abandoned buildings, they reside in high profile areas. Because of this, they will see new life soon. Morgan Communities has issued window replacement proposals to companies already to have the windows replaced on the building. Since the Chemical Building has been abandoned for so long, vandalism on the upper floors in visible the street, so expect that graffiti to disappear within the coming weeks as well.
This story will be updated.
By. Chris Stritzel
Let this be a rallying call. A call to all of the politicians and citizens of the St. Louis area. We need to unite in order to bring Amazon to St. Louis.
As as many people know, Amazon announces that they are looking for a new home for their “Second Headquarters”. They call it “HQ2”. St. Louis is more than ready for a large company, like Amazon, to build or move in to.
St. Louis, as we know, is home to Monsanto, Anheuser Busch and the innovative Cortex District. These are defining us in terms of industry and improvements in our day to day lives. Having Amazon come to St. Louis will further boost our economy and grow our national image as a innovative City that the likes of which has never been seen before.
While Mayor Lyda Krewson, County Executive Steve Stenger and Governor Eric Greitens all prepare to get a great proposal ready for everyone’s delight, Amazon states that they want the HQ in a “Suburban or Urban area that has a population of over 1 Million people”. The St. Louis Metropolitan Region has about 3 Million people living in it. More than enough for Amazons standards. We also have land that is plentiful to build on in not only the city, but also the county. Here are some locations...
1- City of St. Louis. Parking lots South of Downtown to Chouteaus landing. This area is prime for development and has access to Interstate 64 and 44-55-70. There is also a nearby MetroLink Station at the stadium. The area is in desperate need of construction and revitalization. This area can hold the necessary 50,000 employees that Amazon wishes to employ, at HQ2.
2- City of St. Louis. Downtown on the Riverfront. Remember the NFL Stadium that failed when the Rams left the city? Remember where it was supposed to go? Remember the “PlanB”? Well that Plan B could House the new Amazon HQ2. Plenty of space and the Riverfront needs to be revitalized. It would do wonders for Downtown North and the Riverfront. Maybe even Amazon could spruce up the Riverfront and make it more inviting. This one seems to be the idea largely supported by people on Social Media. (Rendering at the beginning of article).
3- St. Louis County. Maryland Heights. Near the Missouri River on the farmland near MO-364. Perfect location for a HQ.
We will see what is released when the city and county unveil the proposal for Amazon. St. Louis needs Amazon. If they choose us, it will be the third big company or thing moving into the city. First was the NGA. Second is Microsoft at Cortex and now hopefully this.
This story will be update as time goes on.