They are probably the most ugly designed structures in the city. They ruin visitors to the cities picture of the Arch and Kiener plaza. I am talking abut the Kiener Garages.They were built for as purpose and back when they were built, the city needed parking. Now the city has so many garages, they take over nearly every downtown street corner. What is needed to fix this ugly problem with the New Kiener Plaza set to open in 2017? I have a idea, but it is a big one.
More things need to open in Downtown Saint Louis. Ballpark Village and Washington Avenue are not enough to keep Downtown Alive. And even though Laclede's landing does great on the weekends, what about Cupples Station? That is failing. So what do I have Envisioned for Vision 2?
Imagine this, A 35 Floor Skyscraper sitting on top of a 5 floor podium base. That Podium base would be Glass-Cladded and be a Downtown Shopping Center. The upper 25 floors of the building that give the building a 40 floor 600ft height (roof) 650ft spire maximum height, would be mixed use. The mixed uses would be 10 floors- Hotel, 10 Floors- Residential and 14 Floors Offices, and the Top floor would be a Restaurant Overlooking the City. The whole building would be covered in Glass. The former Macy's Garage directly behind would be rebuilt to have a new modern design that is also glass covered. It would have street level retail on it to pull people from the Main roads to the side streets of Downtown So why 650ft? Saint Louis' skyline has not changed since 2000 when the Thomas F Eagleton Courthouse was built. We need some new things to rise in the Skyline and make it grow. This also needs to be built to compete with other cities skylines that are changing all the time. This would probably cost around $150 Million to $200 Million. The Next Vision will include something Large and will relate to this vision.
However, If companies have their way, this vision may be thrown into the trash and forgotten about. A group has proposed doing only one garage. The East Garage and painting the exterior of it and putting a new facade around the bottom for retail. Not a very good idea considering that the paint will wear off in a few years. I guess I have to see what happens.
Below are Photos of the Proposed Garage look and a look of Kiener Plaza changes over the years.