9 major projects that are changing the face of St. Louis
Ballpark Village Phase 2
The slogan for the downtown development’s $260 million second phase: “We’re bringing the village to Ballpark Village.” The project includes the Live! by Loews hotel, a Class A office building, retail, restaurant, and entertainment space, and a 29-story high-rise luxury residential tower, One Cardinal Way, scheduled for completion in 2020. The project is expected to create 1,500 construction jobs and 1,000 permanent jobs.
St. Louis Aquarium
The much-anticipated aquarium, slated to open inside Union Station next month, will be home to more than 13,000 aquatic animals, including 60 sharks and rays. The $187 million project also includes the new 200-foot St. Louis Wheel, a carousel, an 18-hole mini-golf course, a mirror maze, a ropes course, a train park, and several restaurants. The project created 500 construction jobs and is expected to bring more than 100 permanent positions.
The $1.7 billion project is the largest federal investment project in St. Louis history. Managed by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Air Force, the 97-acre campus in North St. Louis is being called a game-changer for the intelligence community. Slated to be operational in 2025, it will feature a 712,000-square-foot office building with a garage, visitor center, and inspection facility.
The company, founded by St. Louis natives Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey, will relocate its St. Louis offices from Cortex to the former 235,000-square-foot St. Louis Post-Dispatch headquarters downtown. The move will allow the tech company to expand its workforce from 500 people to as many as 1,400.
Set to open next summer across from IKEA in Midtown, the $220 million project is transforming the former Century Electric Company site into an entertainment destination, including a food hall featuring 20 kitchens, a bar, and 500 seats. Fresh Thyme grocery plans to open its seventh local store on site, and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will offer a unique theater experience.
Major League Soccer Stadium
Located just west of Union Station, the proposed modern stadium will house St. Louis’ forthcoming MLS team. The partially covered sports facility will seat 22,500–25,500 visitors, with entrances on all four sides and an angular canopy—constructed of translucent material that’ll allow light to pass through—to protect fans from the elements.
The proposed path would connect some of the city’s iconic destinations—Forest Park, the Gateway Arch, Tower Grove Park—and 20 St. Louis neighborhoods.
The historic Armory building was once home to the 138th Infantry of the Missouri National Guard, years before hosting tennis championships and legendary concerts. Soon, the space will find new life, thanks to a $47.1 million overhaul yielding 250,000 square feet of creative office space, a restaurant, and a greenway path connection.
The proposed 600-acre space in Creve Coeur is intended to help cement St. Louis’ position as a global leader in plant and life sciences. Plans call for a defined district to attract talent and provide a framework for growth. The project has secured $4 million from the Federal Highway Administration and $1 million from St. Louis County.
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