The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD) is planning to make their move from current HQ at 1200 Clark Street to its new headquarters on Olive in November of this year. SLMPD acquired the building in January 2011 for $2.7 million and is spending an additional $3 million on renovations. The building had been listed by owner Wells Fargo for $9.8 million.
The building on 1915 Olive Street was built by Sherwood Medical Group in 1990 at a cost of $18.8 million. They left it only 8 years later. Brokerage firm A.G. Edwards purchased it in 1999 to house their IT department but abandoned it in late 2002. It was put up for sale in 2003 with an initial price tag of $ 12.5 million.
The total square footage of the building is 145,000, about 25,000 less than the current headquarters at Clark Street. It does however contain 278 indoor parking spaces and another 70 on a lot across the street. The current HQ has only 150 spaces.
The new headquarters building is two blocks north of Union Station and a block from Interstate 64/Highway 40 exit/entrance ramps at 22nd Street. St. Louis Language Immersion Schools will move into another former A.G. Edwards building at 1881 Pine Street, just across the street. (See: Language School Coming to Downtown)
Neighbors to the north on the same block are Paradowski Creative and Javelin Inc. Paradowski renovated the former Stern Fixtures Warehouse which was built as a power plant in 1889. They moved into their new space in January 2010. Javelin Inc moved into a 6,000 square foot space in the building in the summer of that year.
With these creative agencies, the new language school, and Police Headquarters soon to be firmly established in this area, a new Dunkin’ Donuts outlet nearby will likely be only a matter of time.