By. Chris Stritzel
Several Months back, I wrote a prediction stating that, "Downtown St. Louis will begin to grow again in 2020", I am now here to clarify that statement.
Every 20 Years, St. Louis' Downtown has experienced a overwhelming amount of Construction that has shaped the skyline and layout of the area for a long time. In the 1960's Downtown saw the construction of the Arch, Busch Stadium 2, The Millennium Hotel
among other things. In the 1980's Downtown saw the Construction of the tallest buildings in the City helping St. Louis change its Skyline image.
The 2000's brought along the opening of the Eagleton Courthouse and the Construction of Busch Stadium 3, The Lumiere Place and the Roberts Tower. However, Downtown had a ton of proposals for the area that would have transformed the skyline even more and moved the Downtown Region further North. All of those ideas and proposals were cancelled or shelved due to the Recession of 2008-2009.
But the 2020's are looking to be a time of renewed commitment to building in Downtown. Ballpark Billage Phase 2 is the main project hat will help launch a new era of Construction in Downtown. Most of the new construction will be built on the many vacant parking lots of downtown. But other issues must be worked out first before any new construction can be considered for Downtown. Here are those issues...
- All of the historic buildings must be in the process of being brought back to life or reopened following a rehabilitation project.
- The City must retain Companies in Downtown to promote a need for more Space
- The AT&T Center and Millennium Hotel Buildings must have a plan to wither redevelop them or reopen them.
If thoese issues are fixed or in the process of being fixed by 2019, Downtown will see proposals for new construction at the end of 2019 or the beginning of 2020. Projects like the Bottle Distict and Lumiere Phase 2 could make a return if and only if the issues are fixed. However though, a strong campaign to get the attention of companies looking to expand to make them come to Downtown St. Louis rather than Clayton.
This is my prediction on the next big Boom for Downtown and I hope it happens.