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Old Posted Nov 27, 2019, 4:30 AM
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I don't want to harp on investment in north STL but this is just utterly insane to me.

Tore up all that grid, all that infrastructure just to build an exurban style office park in the middle of the city in 2019...

Why couldn't this have been a high-rise downtown? Or even just a more compact campus somewhere else in the city? There is no way that doing this is less expensive. Who made this planning decision? And it's going to take over half a decade to finish?
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Old Posted Nov 27, 2019, 5:46 AM
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I don't want to harp on investment in north STL but this is just utterly insane to me.

Tore up all that grid, all that infrastructure just to build an exurban style office park in the middle of the city in 2019...

Why couldn't this have been a high-rise downtown? Or even just a more compact campus somewhere else in the city? There is no way that doing this is less expensive. Who made this planning decision? And it's going to take over half a decade to finish?
it's a high-security government intelligence facility, and will now likely involve a new HQ for the FBI as well. the setbacks were non-negotiable. take a look at the NGA East counterpart in northern VA. building a high-rise somewhere else in the city just wasn't an option. you could argue that it's more appropriate for the suburbs, but the institution has been in St. Louis city since 1952 and wanted to maintain proximity to partner institutions like Washington University at the western edge of the city and Scott Air Force Base in southern IL. IL was fighting to get it moved across the river, which would have been a not-insignificant hit to the city's earnings tax revenue, as would a move to the county.

the loss of grid isn't ideal, but there's no shortage of empty grid in north St. Louis and about half of the site's grid had already been torn up (also in 1952) when the Pruitt-Igoe housing complex was constructed.



a few homes in the footprint were taken through eminent domain but the majority of the handful of homeowners in the footprint accepted fair compensation. most of the remaining buildings were in very poor condition. one historic home was moved. the saddest loss, in my opinion, was that of the Buster Brown Shoe Bldg. it's demolition seemed completely unnecessary as it wasn't even in the NGA footprint:


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The massive field behind the original St. Louis Zoo Primate House, which was built in 1925, will see 35,000 square foot transformation. $11.5 million will be spent adding an outdoor habitat onto the house. And it will be more than just an outdoor space for the animals to play in. This will put human and primate about as close together as has ever been done, and the experience will get underway right at the entrance.


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Boland Place progress pics by Framer over at urbanstl.com: link

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me: i hate american super-surveillance

also me: man we should really do something with the pruitt-igoe wreckage
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^ yeah, i cringed for a while, too, but this is the type of anchor institution that the north side needs to get the ball rolling. barring a very unlikely population explosion, there's just no other way it will be rebuilt.
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Mixed use hotel, apartments, and retail planned at Delmar and 170 in U. City

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I wonder if the mirror glass on that building will ever create too much glare for batters at certain times of the day?
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Old Posted Dec 8, 2019, 3:16 AM
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Dirt is being moved for the forthcoming addition to St. Louis' CORTEX Innovation District, Gateway Plaza. This 10-story (9 leaseable) badboy is moving along pretty fast since its announcement.

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150 apartments and ground floor retail proposed for 310 DeBaliviere
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Old Posted Dec 14, 2019, 12:25 AM
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Forsyth Pointe in Clayton gets a redesign, more than doubles in size

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New life for the Landing: Investors outline ambitious plans to add apartments and businesses

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I think very little of that will come to fruition, but it's a cool vision.

Also, my god, next time just post a snippet of the linked article and not the ENTIRE thing like that.
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^ Hi. I'll post whatever the f*ck I want. If you want it posted differently, then be my guest. If you don't want to read it, then don't read it.
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Wow, it was a simple suggestion, but then here you go trying to be all "internet tough guy." Keep up the good work and don't blow a gasket.
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It was a simple suggestion presented in a condescending way. Maybe also consider that no suggestion was needed—it's one out of five billion fucking posts on an internet forum.

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