Category: Business
Time to Light Up The Park Pacific Garage
park-pacific-after

Built in 1928, the Park Pacific is a beautiful building. The proposed parking structure and residential addition was at one time beautiful as well. Of course something is nearly always lost from rendering to final project. In this case, the cancelled residential component left just another bland garage. And that’s basically as promised, minus some signage and screens. With the [...]

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New Apartments for Lafayette Square
View of the building looking west on Park Avenue (Google image)

As reported by Tim Bryant of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the former Bouras Mop Co. building at 1322 Dolman Street was recently purchased by Apted Brothers  LLC, who announced to renovate and convert it into three floors of apartments with office space on the ground floor. This building sits at a significant location, right at the east entrance to Lafayette [...]

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Post-Dispatch Lays Off Employees

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Cupples 9 Lands Flying Saucer
The Flying Saucer

Number 9, the building of the Cupples family currently under restoration by the Koman Group, will become home to a Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in the fall, according to the St. Louis Business Journal.  Flying Saucer is a Dallas-based restaurant chain with 15 locations in Arkansas, Missouri (Kansas City), Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. The Flying Saucer’s owners [...]

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Maurizio’s Moving to Justice Ctr Garage
Clark Street Garage

Maurizio’s Pizza will be moving to a new space in the Justice Center Garage on Tucker Boulevard & Clark Avenue. The restaurant is currently building out the space and is expecting to make its move in June. The Justice Center parking garage was built at a cost of $ 12.7 million and is part of the St. Louis City Parking system. [...]

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GW Complex Becomes Nightlife Hot Spot
GW Lofts

Updated on May 2 with corrected location of The Coliseum Music Venue. If you’ve ever driven or walked to downtown St. Louis coming from the west, chances are you’ve seen this colorful quartet of buildings on the intersection of Jefferson and Washington Avenue. Named GW Lofts by developer Blue Urban, the buildings are a combination of rental lofts with commercial spaces [...]

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Fiat Studio Display Adds Test Drives
Poster Abarth

Update April 25: Fiat has added a second employee to its downtown studio. They can now offer test drives downtown without having to make an appointment. Fiat’s Studio Showroom will be open this Saturday during the Downtown Home Tour. Earlier post from March 16: Fiat now has a presence downtown. Its Downtown Display Studio Showroom has opened quietly at 1015 [...]

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Copia Market Set to Open Next Week
Copia Market

Copia Market will be a new convenience store in the former Baseline Workshop Furniture space. After Baseline left, the previous Copia owners attempted a convenience store concept here – Washington Avenue Market – but it never opened. The new owners are currently building out the interior with an expected opening sometime next week. The convenience and grocery store is situated [...]

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St Louis Police Moving to New HQ in Fall
Police Headquarters on Olive Street

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 [...]

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Verizon’s COLT at Cardinals Opening Day
Verizon's COLT

Yes, the NRA (National Rifle Association) is in town but this a COLT of an entire different caliber. Verizon Wireless is bringing out its own pinch-hitter during the Cardinals’ 2012 season home opener to ensure that baseball fans in and around Busch Stadium won’t miss a call or have trouble sending others text, pictures or video highlights about the game. [...]

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Enterprise Boldly Goes Downtown
A mid-century modern revived

Enterprise-rent-a-car recently opened a rental center on 23rd Street and Washington in Downtown-West. They are located in a mid-century modern building, connected to the Motor Lofts to the east and situated just a block from Jefferson Avenue to the west. The interior of the building has been completely renovated and exhibits the familiar Enterprise corporate style. The new center is [...]

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Lambert Airport’s Concourse D’Elegance
Entrance C-Concourse Mosaic

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s C-Concourse reopened today, after being closed for almost a year because of extensive damage suffered by an EF-4 tornado on Good Friday last year. Not only is the concourse rebuilt, it has also received a complete makeover. The experience is certainly very different, from the moment you enter security. Formerly dimly-lit and cramped, the C-Concourse checkpoint [...]

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MX Development Lands Asian Restaurant
The MX in downtown St. Louis

 The St. Louis Business Journal reports that The Mercantile Exchange (MX) development has landed yet another tenant. Takaya New Asian Restaurant will be opening in the fall of this year. The restaurant will seat 120 in a 3,300 square foot space. Restaurant owner Eric Heckman, who operates Tani Sushi Bistro in Clayton will also provide food and beverage consulting for [...]

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Bluebird Signs Lease at Tucker Blvd
SLU Law School

  Bluebird Network has signed a long-term lease with Digital Realty Trust at 210 North Tucker Boulevard. Bluebird was formed out of a merger between Bluebird Media and Missouri Network Alliance and provides fiber optic services in Missouri, Illinois, and surrounding states. It will build out its own data facility in the building on Tucker to support its network of broadband services. Glenn Benoist, [...]

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Upstart Lockerdome Moving Downtown
lockerdome-logo

A new social networking company for Athletes, Lockerdome, will soon be relocating from Westport to office space in downtown St. Louis at 1221 Washington Avenue. Lockerdome, “a Facebook or LinkeIn for Athletes” is the brainchild of founder and CEO Gabe Lozano. Square co-founder Jim McKelvey is part of a group that invested $750,000 in the new technology venture. (McKelvey also [...]

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Poll: Is Increasing Sales Tax Acceptable?
Sales Tax Coin

Yesterday, nextSTL.com posted my article (read it here) about MidAmerica and Lambert St. Louis Airports and their attempts to establish international cargo hubs. Included in this piece was the following: Recently, a bill was passed by the Missouri House of Representatives. A bill that had been quietly amended by Rep. Anne Zerr, (R) St. Charles. This amendment constituted a 0.1875% [...]

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Partnership with Hermann London Realty
Old Post Office Plaza

At Count On Downtown our desire to write about developments downtown is based on our conviction that downtown St. Louis is the best neighborhood in the metro area: not just for recreation, entertainment, sports, or even work, but above all to reside in. By writing about happenings in downtown we’re hoping to spike your interest in our neighborhood. Simply put: [...]

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Selling Pruitt-Igoe? Call Ingvar Kamprad
A birds eye view of IKEA on Pruitt-Igoe site

The City of St. Louis is planning to sell  162 acres, over 1,200 parcels, in North St. Louis to developer Paul Mckee. The price? $3.2Million. Mckee already owns some 800 parcels in North City and this latest deal would give him the opportunity to start realizing his vision of a “Northside Regeneration”.  (McKee was also part of a group that [...]

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