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Old Posted Jan 24, 2014, 7:59 PM
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A $47-million renovation is about to get underway for one of downtown St. Louis' landmark buildings.

The building, designed by famed architect Philip Johnson, was completed in 1977 for the General American Life Insurance Company and GenAmerica Financial, which are now wholly owned subsidiaries of MetLife, Inc.

Now The LaClede Group, Inc., one of the nation's largest natural gas utlities and underground locating and marking services, is relocating some of its employees from its existing tower and plans to create up to 200 new jobs as it moves into a new downtown headquarters. The company reportedly has signed a 20-year lease.

Noteworthy: The building has been vacant since 2005. "Up in the Air," the 2009 George Clooney movie shot largely in St. Louis, used the building for a few days because the filmmakers needed a vacant office building for a scene.





Here's a perspective from Citygarden. The utility company will be located on Market Street across from Peabody Energy - the world's largest coal company - and close to the emerging Ballpark Village.

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Old Posted Jan 25, 2014, 12:15 AM
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An empty, historic 220,000 square foot building that once housed the Switzer's Licorice Co. and the Missouri, Kansas and Texas (MKT) Railroad Depot, is coming back to life as Bissinger's chocolate factory - one of the largest in the Midwest. More than 100 workers will work at the facility.

In the new space, Bissinger's will offer private tours of its chocolate making facility.

Bissinger's Announces $15 Million Expansion, Chocolate Lovers Rejoice
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When finished, the brick building, built in 1910 (history) with 24-foot cathedral ceilings that was once the home of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas (MKT) Railroad Depot, will even offer tours...so basically St. Louis will have it's own version of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory -- fair warning chubby kids, stay out of the river of chocolate.

The new space will allow the company to relocate workers from its Iowa City-based Bochner Chocolate and consolidate all of it's sweet-making efforts in St. Louis. The location, right at the foot of the new Stan Musial Bridge, will be the company's headquarters and could serve as an anchor for the rebuilding movement in north St. Louis.

Plus, a planned retail space on site (in addition to the three shop locations--two in St. Louis) means you can walk right up and buy as much chocolate as you can carry. But don't get too greedy, the Oompa-Loompas are watching.



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Old Posted Jan 26, 2014, 1:32 AM
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Flickr Credit: Jason Holloway. St. Louis' Central Corridor ("the spine" of the city) is booming.

Anchors and transit spur growth of St. Louis corridor
6 hours ago • By Tim Bryant
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
01/25/14

St. Louis and some inner suburbs lost population during the last decade, but countering that trend is the robust corridor that begins at the Arch and runs eight miles west.

That corridor is a narrow stretch from the riverfront to Interstate 170, roughly bounded by Delmar Boulevard to the north and Interstate 64 (Highway 40) to the south.

Yet this is where St. Louisans fill offices, run companies, conduct medical research, visit museums, attend plays and concerts, dine, study, go to court, ride mass transit and launch startups. They live in grand old homes, vintage or modern high-rises, lofts and modest houses.

In short, it’s where St. Louis succeeds as a city. And it’s growing, led by a boom in life-science research and health care. As elsewhere, St. Louis is benefiting from the changing perception that cities are good places to live.

The 2010 census shows that the corridor’s population approached 60,000, an increase of more than 10 percent since 2000.

From busy downtown Clayton, the march to the Arch of institutions and neighborhoods includes the Moorlands, Claverach Park, Fontbonne University, the Delmar Loop, Parkview, Washington University, Forest Park, the BJC medical complex, Cortex, the Central West End, St. Louis University, Grand Center, Midtown Alley and downtown St. Louis, part of which had a triple-digit growth rate from 2000 to 2010.

Sarah Coffin, associate professor of public policy studies at SLU, and other urban experts said the corridor’s growing vitality will continue to attract new residents who prefer to walk more and drive less.

“People’s tastes are changing about how they want to live and where they want to live,” Coffin said.

She and others said the presence of Ikea, which plans to open a store at Forest Park and Vandeventer avenues in 2015, will show that the corridor can lure a retail heavyweight.

“Ikea will change the tenor of the entire area,” Coffin said. “Before Ikea, (city officials) would say yes to any developer for almost anything. Now they can ask developers for streetscape improvements and other amenities. We used to be happy to have table scraps.”

Zack Boyers, chief executive of St. Louis-based U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corp., said the corridor’s future is bright because its anchor institutions are investing in themselves. A result is a “virtuous cycle” of more residents, workers, commercial activity and investment, he said.

For example, Cambridge Innovation Center, a leading business incubator, decided last year to establish a startup facility at the Cortex life sciences district, Boyers noted. The facility will be CIC’s first expansion from its home in Cambridge, Mass.

“Cambridge Innovation Center spent a lot of time looking all over the world where to open,” he said. “It looked at London, New York and San Diego but picked Cortex because of the support of the area’s anchors.”


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^^^ Very cool -- full link def worth reading.
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UrbanStreet Group of Chicago continues work on the The Roberts Tower.

Completed in 2010, the 25-story "zombie" tower, having been impacted by a bankruptcy and the recession, was never completely built out.

Now it is being built out into 132 luxury apartment units.

The condos are to range from 1,145 to nearly 4,200 square feet.


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There are several other smaller projects going on within the vicinity of the tower.

Right around the corner, the same developer is preparing the old Orpheum (American) Theater to come back to life.

Then, right next door to the Roberts Tower, the old Mayfair Hotel is receiving a $15-million renovation, which will turn it into a Magnolia Hotel by the Denver-based Stout Street Hospitality.


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An empty, historic 220,000 square foot building that once housed the Switzer's Licorice Co. and the Missouri, Kansas and Texas (MKT) Railroad Depot, is coming back to life as Bissinger's chocolate factory - one of the largest in the Midwest. More than 100 workers will work at the facility...
Just FYI - nextSTL story from last September
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Going to Roberts Tower when finished
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Because I am a creature of habit, sometimes, I guess I (and we) should stop calling it "Roberts Tower".

The tower is now called Old Post Office (OPO) Tower because it is an anchor in the Old Post Office District.


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One St. Louis forumer (goat314) indicated here awhile back that St. Louis' downtown doesn't have a number of big high-rises proposed or under construction because its downtown has a large inventory of historic buildings that have been renovated and proposed for renovation. Here's another.

One of the last bigger historic buildings is being marketed for redevelopment. The building is located on Olive St. - in Downtown West - where studies are currently underway for the proposed Downtown/Central Corridor streetcar.


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Cassidy Turley to market historic Butler Brothers building in St. Louis
January 29, 2014 | Staff Writer

Cassidy Turley senior managing directors Michael Hanrahan and Paul Hilton have been selected to market the historic 718,660-square-foot Butler Brothers building located at 1717 Olive St. in St. Louis’ Central Business District.

“We’re thrilled to market one of the last, large historic buildings located Downtown,” said Hanrahan. “This is an incredible opportunity for an investor to own an entire city block in downtown St. Louis.”

This multi-family residential loft redevelopment opportunity is located in St. Louis’ Loft District. A preliminary redevelopment plan includes 342 multi-family units with 397 garage parking spaces and two retail spaces.

Approvals for an additional two-story penthouse of about 71,277 square feet have been obtained. The property, built in 1906 and designed by Muarhan, Russell & Gasden, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is presently approved for state and federal historic tax credits to support redevelopment costs.

Butler Brothers Wholesale Department Store and Merchandise Company operated as a mail-order catalogue wholesaler serving local retail stores. In 1927, Butler Brothers opened the iconic Ben Franklin Stores, one of the first retail franchises, and the property functioned as a regional warehouse supporting this famous retail chain.

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Because I am a creature of habit, sometimes, I guess I (and we) should stop calling it "Roberts Tower".

The tower is now called Old Post Office (OPO) Tower because it is an anchor in the Old Post Office District.


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The name sounds Cheesy but if thats what the developer wants he gets. Plus the sign on the top of the building will have to be taken down if it isnt, a 2 name tower? Sounds unstable
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Here are renderings of the massive Butler Brothers building (Post #789), which is being marketed for a largely-residential, but mixed-used development. A Downtown/Central Corridor streetcar is in the early planning stages and will run near the building.

To read more information and see more images of the proposal go here.



Renderings from urbanstl.com.

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hope they do something cool with that massive roof...although i imagine that it is hollow in the middle.
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From the story, the preliminary vision is to add 71Ksf of new penthouse space. There's a small light well (as seen in aerial image).
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Because I am a creature of habit, sometimes, I guess I (and we) should stop calling it "Roberts Tower".

The tower is now called Old Post Office (OPO) Tower because it is an anchor in the Old Post Office District.


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How long has this been under-construction?
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Located just south of the Central Corridor - near I-64 - and near Forest Park, the 278-unit, $41-million Cortona at Forest Park is taking tenants. Cortona at Forest Park is being targeted to young St. Louis professionals. The project consists of a 5-story mid-rise structure containing 278 rental apartments and 336 parking spaces with rents ranging from $1,000 to $1,750.

Read more about smaller projects going up in this same neighborhood as well as see more images.





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How long has this been under-construction?
Actual construction of the edifice/structure finished in 2010. The tower was largely mothballed until late 2013 due to the recession and the developer's bankruptcy.

Now, the build-out of the 130 rental units is underway.
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The glass is going in for the new Shriners Hospital-St. Louis located at BJC/CORTEX.

Overlooking I-64, the new $47 million replacement facility is at 4400 Clayton Ave. The 90,000-square-foot facility is located on 3.75 acres of land on the BJC Healthcare campus, which was purchased from Washington University for an undisclosed price. Officials expect to move into the 12-bed facility by late 2014 or early 2015.

The hospital will include three surgical suites, 18 clinic examinations rooms, and nine rooms for outpatient family housing. It will work closely with the soon-to-be-expanding St. Louis Children's Hospital.





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More renderings as more research capacity is about to be added to St. Louis' plant science research community.

Danforth Plant Science Center added a $3.5 million, one-of-a-kind plant phenotyping facility to its core technologies and a $45-million expansion of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, which will break ground soon.

The new three-story building is slated to open in fall of 2015, and the expansion will give the Center the capacity to house more than 100 additional researchers.

That is in addition to the Center's 227 current employees, including 172 scientists and staff. Situated on a 40-acre site, the Danforth Center recently added a $9.5 million, 16,520 square-foot greenhouse range, increasing its growth capacity by 40 percent.

The center's original building has 170,000 square feet of lab, office and greenhouse space. The new facility will add nearly 80,000 square feet, housing state-of-the-art lab spaces that can be modified to accommodate new approaches in scientific research.







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The new $667-million Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge is opening Sunday in St. Louis connecting Missouri (St. Louis) and Illinois (E. St. Louis). Carrying I-70, the 400' tall cable-stayed bridge is the third longest in the United States (2,803'/854 m).

Events were held today such as a 6K Run, cycling events and a public walk and exploration (video).

Also see video, New Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge lights up for grand opening



























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The new $667-million Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge is opening Sunday in St. Louis connecting Missouri (St. Louis) and Illinois (E. St. Louis). Carrying I-70, the 400' tall cable-stayed bridge is the third longest in the United States (2,803'/854 m).

Events were held today such as a 6K Run, cycling events and a public walk and exploration (video).

Also see video, New Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge lights up for grand opening



























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Wow, very unique looking bridge, unlike anything I've seen, I'm sure when they do flyovers that bridge people will automatically know its St. Louis.
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