Pace Properties to Build Midtown Station Retail Development at Midtown Federal Mogul Site

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Midtown Station
{site rendering of Pace Properties' Midtown Station retail development}

The first big retail piece of the Midtown puzzle is here. Pace Properties is marketing Midtown Station, a retail development on the long vacant Federal Mogul site along Forest Park Avenue between Vandeventer and Spring streets in St. Louis City. Adjacent to the Cortex development, the Federal Mogul site has been long rumored to be set for large-scale retail development. In 2007, a slideshow depicting a Target store and other retailers was shown to select Saint Louis University students as a focus group. The university is a block from the development site.

Development plans show retail storefront facing both Vandeventer and Forest Park Avenues, while several residential buildings, a vacant office building and a city firehouse at the southeast corner of Vandeventer and Forest Park will remain, for now. The next significant announcement is expected to be Cortex retail development on the southwest corner of the same intersection. As reported here at nextSTL, we expect IKEA to be the anchor tenant in that development. Tenants for Midtown Station have not been announced. Materials from Pace show locations for five retailers ranging from 11,000 to 80,000 square feet. Newer urban Target locations are near 80,000 square feet, average size of a TJ Maxx is ~30,000 square feet and the average Trader Joe's grocery is 10,000 to 15,000 square feet. (tour the Midtown neighborhood of St. Louis)

Midtown Station
{the Federal Mogul site today – looking southwest from Forest Park Avenue and Spring}

Midtown Station
{Midtown Station site plan}

Midtown Station
{Midtown Station is one component of a significant new retail investment in Midtown St. Louis}

*update 7/31/13
Per the Post-Dispatch, Pace and Great Rivers Greenway are exploring the feasibility of repurposing the trestle spanning Vandeventer Avenue between the Midtown Station site and Cortex development and planned MetroLink Station for pedestrian and bicycle access:

Trestle II

Trestle II
{the trestle as it is today}

From the project literature:

Midtown Station is a 166,000 square foot lifestyle center located in the City of St. Louis between St. Louis University and its 14,000 students, the BJC Hospital Complex and its 26,500 employees, and the Central West End, home to the highest incomes in the City. Midtown Station is also located in close proximity to Forest Park, which boasts 12 million visitors annually, Washington University and its 14,100 students and 13,700 employees, and Wells Fargo and its 5,300 employees.

Midtown Station is located between I-64 on the south (91,000 cars per day), Forest Park Boulevard on the north (31,000 cars per day), Vandeventer Avenue on the west and Spring Avenue on the east. Visibility of the center from both I-64 and Forest Park Parkway will be exceptional. Due to its accessibility to and from I-64 and Forest Park Boulevard, Midtown Station will not only be an excellent local shopping destination but also a great regional shopping destination. Upon completion of Midtown Station, two Metrolink (urban rail system) stations will be located within ½ mile of Midtown Station, one existing and one to be constructed within Cortex, which will enhance accessibility to the center.

Pace Properties – Midtown Station retail development – St. Louis, MO by nextSTL.com

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  • JustFlushIt

    Six Row Brewing Company is about to hit the Location lottery! It’s like when the Westin had Busch Stadium move closer to their front door.

  • Flaffer

    Also a great example of transit-oriented development. More transit = more development!

  • Zach

    Is anyone else thinking that potentially this will be a Target and not an IKEA? The design has changed so much from last rendering, it looks like IKEA has walked away…

  • Ann Wimsatt

    Mass retailer builds urban street front stores in urban location–with the parking in the rear?!! #getting_it_right #urban_street_life

    • tpekren

      Ann, I see mass retailer builing mass box stores next to an urban street. I don’t see anything that suggests the storefronts will be to FPP. The best view that the stores are present with best access will be commuters on I-64 and those who will have to fight cars to get to the stores will SLU students.
      Can understand the excitement of having much desired retail but not so sure that Presbyterian is trying to hard to put the lipstick on a straight forward strip/box autocentric retail center that can be found in anywhere USA.

      • Presbyterian

        You accusing me of this?
        :-)

        • Presbyterian

          (I’m just choosing to be optimistic, prefering that my heart be crushed later instead. I suspect we’re also early in the design process… rectangles along a street with a parking lot, but no actual renderings yet.)

          • Alex Ihnen

            It seems the typically big box development would have hugged I-64 with buildings and made anyone walking cross an expanse of asphalt. Even IF entrances are away from the street, pedestrians will have better, safer, more attractive access than a “straight forward strip/box autocentric retail center”. That said, the loading bays are away from the street as well and we’ll just have to wait and see what faces FP and Vandeventer Aves. The important thing we know so far is that neither will be fronted by big surface parking lots.

          • tpekren

            So far it looks a marketing brochure to chain retail suggesting that store fronts face the road with highest traffic counts – I64. National Retailers I suspect don’t care about the parking lots in front but what gives you the most visibility. Probably goes a long way to explain why Cortex Retail/Pace is midtown with high visibility from a freeway.

          • http://donspoliticalblog.blogspot.com Don

            This isn’t Pace’s first “lifestyle center” development in St. Louis. Much of what you are reading here isn’t just speculation or wishful thinking but based upon examples that already exist,…..and wishful thinking.

          • Ann Wimsatt

            Never hurts to publicly ask Pace and the City to include street facing retail and restaurant outlets on FPParkway.

          • tpekren

            Yes, but can also appreciate your optimistic approach. I think Pace will come out ahead if they develop this property slowly and see what demand can be supported. I see two phases to this development, starting east to west and hope that go bigger to put a Target in. Instead, it looks like Pace is targeting a full service Schnucks @ 80,000 sf. Also, in time maybe they would be more incline to remove the west box stores along Vande and put in Residential/Retail facing the street with underground/parking garage away from the street.
            .
            Another thought that maybe you can express an opinion on. I believe Pace is part of the Ikea/Cortex development. If that is correct, than I ask myself if some development clauses have been incorporated restricting PACE to what they can or can’t develop within a geographic footprint near CORTEX. This would be perfectly legal and shortsighted imo.

          • Presbyterian

            Total speculation on my part, but… I wonder what kind of lease Schnucks has for its store on Lindell Blvd. If they could get out of that lease, it would be a brilliant move for them to open a new store at Midtown Station. New store… new reputation… capture CWE grocery dollars without carrying two stores.

            Then that Lindell strip mall could get bulldozed and redeveloped. THAT’S where I want mixed use!

      • Ann Wimsatt

        Interestingly, shopping center development is often at the front edge of the tidal changes in the urbanization–or de-population of Saint Louis.

        Frontenac Plaza opened in 1976, and more or less crystallized the sense that the westward flight out of the city center was permanent. Then, The Galleria Shopping center opened in 1984 and revitalized the inner ring central corridor.

        Modernization-by-shopping-center happens quickly. The vibrancy of a particular shopping center can be mercurial (Northwest Plaza). But sometimes a center like The Galleria stabilizes a whole district (Brentwood, Richmond Heights, Clayton, UCity) and then lifts a whole ring of the city (CWE Whole Foods/IKEA).

        The pattern and direction of the centers tells us more about what’s ahead for Saint Louis in the next 10 years. This development suggests the city will continue expanding eastward.

        As for the front of Forest Park, SLU must be at least half of the demographic. Pace won’t leave that money on the table. They will develop the street with chain restaurants and store entrances–maybe even a few clothing shops a la The Boulevard (another Pace development).

    • http://www.dribbble.com/schusterbob Bob Schuster

      I also think this is a step in the right direction, but why not parking underneath?

      • Ann Wimsatt

        $$$.

        Better question would be why not apartments above a la Whole Foods CWE and The Boulevard?

        • http://www.dribbble.com/schusterbob Bob Schuster

          I’m not sure why It’s a better question. There isn’t a shortage of apartments in the area.

          • Alex Ihnen

            Several developers believe there’s a shortage of apartments in the area – from ’13-’15 we’ll see at least 500 new units built. Perhaps then there won’t be a shortage, but if done well, increased demand will follow.

  • Presbyterian

    (Posted on the NextStl Forum) These are just possibilities based on store size, not based on any insider knowledge:

    80,000 s.f. space-City Target-Walmart city concept-Dierbergs
    35,000 s.f. space-Marshalls-T.J. Maxx-Ross Dress for Less
    25,000 s.f. space-Container Store-Marshalls-PetSmart?
    11,200 s.f. space (this is a tricky size if not subdivided)-Fresh Market?-Ulta Beauty?-Shoe Carnival?-Books-a-Million?
    15,000 s.f. space-Trader Joes-Old Navy-DSW

    http://nextstl.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=9844&start=15

    • Presbyterian

      A question asked on the Forum… I’m curious whether anyone in the industry could help translate this document. When a promotional piece lists that a “major tenant” will be in a space, does that language speak merely to the kind of tenant they hope to draw… or does that language imply that they already have a likely tenant lined up, and that said tenant is “major” — as in a big-league tenant next to which you’d want to be?

      • Brandon Smith

        Major Tenant simply means a large scale “box” type space that is suitable for a major tenant. That they’re not divulging any information about tenants means that they’ve most likely not signed any leases. Unless it’s build to suit, retail real estate tends to use the “Build it and they will come” mentality.

  • Presbyterian

    With this project, Ikea, CORTEX and two planned student-oriented apartment developments all in the works (plus Aquinas, Six Row, a couple loft rehabs and numerous earlier projects), it looks like almost the entire length of Forest Park Ave may soon be clean, dense, developed and thriving. What a change from a few years ago!

  • trenchant

    Please, please, neither WalMart nor Target in the CWE (or, wait, do they want to name a new neighborhood?) What a blight that would be.

    • Presbyterian

      I think this is considered Midtown, for what it’s worth. I’d much prefer Target over Walmart, but it doesn’t sound like any leases are yet signed.

    • http://donspoliticalblog.blogspot.com Don

      Just out of curiosity, what retailer would be acceptable to you? I’m not trying to be snarky, I’m really curious.

      • trenchant

        Acceptable? Nothing in our current world, I suppose. But Walmart? My. It is the epitome of corporate greed, isn’t it? Perhaps unfair, in some ways, because Target is not much, if any, better. I know, I once was an employee on the floors of a Target store.
        The people of that neighborhood do not need to save every penny. They do not need, nor do I believe they want, to save dollars at the expense of those working to provide their products. I just wish there was a retailer that paid a living wage, provided health insurance to its employees, sold products made in the USA and powered itself with solar and wind.
        A pipe dream.
        But, please, not Walmart, nor Target. It’s not right for The City. Especially not the Central Corridor.

      • trenchant
    • http://donspoliticalblog.blogspot.com Don

      There is no Walmart inside the City of St. Louis. Is this a coincidence or has City Hall given them a hard time?

      The proximity to SLU along with the access of FPP would seem to be an ideal location for a Target. It’s on my way home from work, so I would love it.

      • trenchant
        • Ann Wimsatt

          STL survived the breakup of the giant shopping mall era to the smaller box strip centers.

          It may be that mass retail itself is waning. How many people wear mass retail logos on their clothing compared to 15 years ago? Not many. Social media affinities and crowdfunded, small batch manufacturing could change the big box concept dramatically.

          While we wait, the sky won’t fall if a Target tidal wave washes over mid-town. In fact, the construction of a new Target essentially proves that that Saint Louis dodged the ‘collapsing doughnut hole’ syndrome that ruined Detroit. Imagine Target moving into mid-town Detroit!

          • http://donspoliticalblog.blogspot.com Don

            A Target in that part of town makes a great deal of sense. SLU adjacent with ready access to the FPP that links SLU and WU’s combined 30,000 students and all those who live in between (me, among them).

            Most pleasing to me, however, is simply getting that brake plant cleaned up and cleared. That alone thrills me.

      • Ann Wimsatt

        Assume Walmart wants and gets big TIFS and the City ain’t buying what Walmart is selling.

        • http://donspoliticalblog.blogspot.com Don

          I assumed as much and would certainly be pleased if the city did say ‘no’ them, but I was just wandering if anyone knew.

          I struggle to think of anything more offensive than TIFS for Walmart.

          • Ann Wimsatt

            Again, never hurts to let the City know that you are pleased they resisted giving in to WalMart demands. That a ‘doughnut hole’ city like Saint Louis could withstand the pressure and wait out a better option (Target) says something interesting about national trends in real estate/retail market dynamics. Also, he’s demonized plenty but this development owes a tip of the hat to Fr Biondi’s drive to expand SLU.

  • Kyle Steffen

    Anyone else notice that these buildings are exactly in the same position as they are in Brentwood Promenade? Just replace the Trader Joes side with I64.
    While having more options will be nice, it looks like another intersection lost to the car. If these boxes actually face the street–with sidewalk access–I will be ecstatic, but I won’t hold my breath. I ventured down to Kingshighway and Chippewa the other day…what a s**thole.

    • Guest

      Another intersection lost to the car? Which one? The current Vandeventer and Forest Park Avenue intersection is a gas station, a closed gas station, a vacant lot and a firehouse. The corner is actually staying the same with the development. The streets will change from vacant foundry to retail. It’s hard to understand how this is somehow a loss.

      • KS

        The gas stations and the empty lot (also the firehouse, to an extent) are not original to that intersection. We have a chance to get back to the way it used to be, and should be. The Mobil station is closing to make way for student housing, which in my mind should look something like the apartments on Lindell. Win. The empty lot used to have a proper building, but was lost to SLU, hopefully a gas station does not open there. The alleged IKEA site will most likely be a sea of parking as well. Haven’t we learned that mixed-use is the best way to go?

        • Alex Ihnen

          The project for the Mobile site will be market rate apartments, but will clearly target SLU students. The empty lot was lost to WU/Cortex and is slated for mixed-use infill. The alleged IKEA site is mixed-use as well. Nothing’s done until it’s done and planning continues, but current plans anticipate 1,000+ new residential units within two blocks of FP/Vandeventer.

  • Presbyterian

    It will be interesting to see how Pace proposes addressing the Forest Park Ave facades. Do they include windows? Fake windows? Blank walls? For this location, seeing as the south side of Forest Park Ave is pretty auto-centric, I might accept less than I would to the north. Still, I hope there is some visual transparency and not just a blank wall.

    • Presbyterian

      I just checked, and it seems the two nearest Pace developments that they have labeled “lifestyle centers” are Brentwood Square and Boulevard St. Louis. If Pace addresses Forest Park Ave the way Boulevard St. Louis addresses Brentwood Blvd, then I’ll be happy. Yes, the main entrances are all around back … but there is still a facade and some transparency facing the street.

      • Tom Kirn

        I hope they build double entrances which face Forest Park Blvd. It would be great for SLU students and Metro riders. I’m a senior at SLU now and this is great news.

      • http://donspoliticalblog.blogspot.com Don

        I don’t know why they wouldn’t do double entrances. The cost is small and years ago, multiple entrances at urban stores was common.

        UPDATE: After initially posting this comment it occurred to me that its proximity to SLU with the actual foot traffic a university will provide (versus Brentwood Blvd) should encourage north facing facade that offers real entrances and an urban feel.

        I choose to be very optimistic.

  • guest

    Why couldn’t it be more like this? Multi-story, structured parking: http://shopuniversitysquare.com/

  • John

    Why does a sea of parking have to face the highway? They should put some buildings there. I hope there’s no parking on the side of each building, but only in the back. A garage would be great. Why not make it multi-story so there can be some residential up there?

    • http://donspoliticalblog.blogspot.com Don

      Doesn’t residential development require a more thorough environmental cleanup? Raw asbestos was processed at this site for decades.

      I could be wrong, but my guess is that there are plenty of nearby sites for added residential that would cost less to build than this site.

      When I see these plans with expansive parking I see future building sites.

      You shouldn’t assume this is the final phase of development, but rather the first phase. If there is demand, there will be more retail.

  • RobbyD

    awersome.

  • http://donspoliticalblog.blogspot.com Don

    I can’t tell you how happy this makes me.

    I thought the level of environmental contamination would doom this site until someone paid to clean it up. Raw asbestos was processed at this site for many years to make Wagner brake products. Federal-Mogul acquired Wagner brakes as a part of its 1998 acquisition of Cooper Industries and filed bankruptcy in 2002 to shed (as I understand it) their asbestos liabilities.

    I didn’t know where this bankruptcy left the abandoned brake plant, but I thought it had to be a real problem.

    In my mind the Cortex development was the easy part and this was going to be an eyesore for years to come. Getting this site developed really is incredible news.

  • http://donspoliticalblog.blogspot.com Don

    What about the now vacant lot on the NW corner of FPP and Vandy? Since someone paid to clear it, I’m assuming there are some plans?

    • Presbyterian

      Alex seems to know something, but he isn’t letting on just yet. I seem to recall that the CORTEX plan puts mixed use there, though I may be mistaken. I was not too happy when they bulldozed the building that previously stood there.

  • http://www.preservationresearch.com Michael R. Allen

    Perhaps the developers didn’t look at their own map with the label “New Metro stop” two blocks from this development. What a great site for multi-story mixed use development including residential. The boxes on the street and sea of parking behind are in the vein of the Aventura — poor marriage of suburban forms and urban context. I think there is a lot of room for improvement of the site plan and hope that Pace realizes how much more square footage could be developed on this site (and how much more this land could be pumping into the city’s economy!).

    • Marshall Howell

      That land by the new proposed MetroLink stop is part of another development area and the Cortex District, they wouldn’t of been able to develop there anyways, if that is what you meant by your comment.

      • http://www.preservationresearch.com Michael R. Allen

        Not at all. Look at the map. Look at the site. This is a major project near a new permanent transit stop. There is an opportunity for forward-thinking phased dense development of that site. The Pace plan could seize that opportunity.

        • Marshall Howell

          Ok, just misunderstood ya. Being close to a proposed new stop will be good even if its a few blocks away.

    • Ann Wimsatt

      Leaving off apartments above has to be a parking and money issue. National retailers don’t want their parking lot taken up by resident’s vehicles.

      Word of advice to Pace Properties–build in addl structural strength to be able to add apartments above these stores in 10 years.

      The tide has well and truly turned EAST.

      • http://www.preservationresearch.com Michael R. Allen

        Structure the parking. Problem solved.

        • Ann Wimsatt

          (This development cannot financially support structured parking).

  • http://www.newschool.edu/public-engagement/faculty.aspx?id=10008 Joseph Heathcott

    This is a terrible plan for St. Louis, its the last thing the city needs. Planners should insist on development that bulks up residential and mixes in commercial. I can’t believe the city wants to go down this path.

    • Ann Wimsatt

      Disagree.

      A more urban and vibrant Chicago is about 20 years ahead of Saint Louis and installing double sided semi-suburban retail along the highway appears to be the way they proceeded. Look at the Target and Walmart locations on googlemaps.

      Upscale residents need upscale shops. If the City wants to attract more upscale residents, they are smart to cut the best deal with the optimum retailers available.

      Besides, it’s probably just me and my Marshall Berman perspective but the whole ‘sky-is-falling!!’ panic about big box retail seems weirdly paranoid. Current retail reality is that internet retail and crowdfunded manufacturing are ‘modernizing/destroying’ the viability of big box retail.

      This is not 1986. Another force is changing the landscape and those buildings will be available for mixed use or another use in the future.

      • http://www.newschool.edu/public-engagement/faculty.aspx?id=10008 Joseph Heathcott

        Not sure what you mean by a ‘Marshall Berman’ perspective. I know Marshall, and am pretty sure he’d hate this plan too. Your tone here and in other responses is weirdly dismissive. But my post had nothing to do with the specific retailers involved, and I am not opposed to big box retail where it is appropriate and sensible. My objection has more to do with the city deciding on its priorities viz urbanism, understanding the richness of potential locations for new development, and seizing great opportunities. This strikes me of more of the same in terms of what the city has been doing since the early 1990s–don’t we have several abandoned husks of big box stories dotting the landscape of the city? Haven’t we learned anything? I fully understand the fiscal straits in which St. Louis finds itself, but no city ever pulled itself out of financial decline by placing its land use, development, and urban design future in the hands of remote decision-makers. If the markets are that desirable for these retailers, they will bend their SOP in order to get a foot in the door–they have done so in many places around the country. If they perceive the market as too weak to warrant concessions, then that is a pretty good indication that the city could do better.

        • Marshall Howell

          Not aware of what big box stores that are in the area which are vacant that you speak of. My stance as of now is welcoming the project. Though I do agree housing about would be cool but then there is a lot of that around the area currently I would think.

          • http://www.newschool.edu/public-engagement/faculty.aspx?id=10008 Joseph Heathcott

            I said “don’t we have several abandoned husks of big box stories dotting the landscape of the city?” And you are saying you are not aware of other husks of big boxes that came and went, and even received TIFs? Take a drive along any of the old ‘tax strips’ for a good long look.

          • Marshall Howell

            My apologies I took it as you meant in that specific area not city wide. I misread it. Either way I am for it as long as they keep it urban looking. It will be nice to travel a few blocks to shop instead of leaving the city as I am a grove resident.

          • http://www.newschool.edu/public-engagement/faculty.aspx?id=10008 Joseph Heathcott

            I hear you! So as long as things “look” urban and serve your immediate needs, they are ok.

          • Marshall Howell

            For me….yes…

          • Ann Wimsatt

            We live in rapidly changing times (the epitome of the Berman definition of self-cannibalizing modernization) yet Prof Heathcott suggests that if developers refuse to renovate existing buildings, the city should reject those fussy retail tenants–even those who have good urban revival track records; ie Whole Foods in DC?

            Sophisticated retailers can design pedestrian and bike friendly stores to suit an evolving urban (millennial) demographic. It’s possible that this box store will be a step in an uban friendly direction. Chicago seems to be going from strength to strength on the same formula.

            As for waiting for the perfect retail citizens…the Saint Louis region (include Cahokia) has seen tremendous flux over the past 1,000 years. Flux is part of the geography, part of the identity of the place.

            This development indicates that the retailer’s data predicts a tidal shift of higher income/gentrifying population into the city.

        • Ann Wimsatt

          You misread and misjudge me which is fair. Labeling me is unsporting. At best.

          We have different views.

          I believe Saint Louis is tipping into another round of ‘modernization’ with a sudden lurch of gentrification in the midtown area after years of investment by two universities, several philanthropists and a number of artists.

          Some may prefer to let the city drift into an exotic Abyss of Ruin, a la Detroit, I am more curious about a market driven gentrification and whether or not these infills have the potential to stitch together some of the stronger neighborhoods in the city–in the way that the inner neighborhoods of Chicago have created a diverse urban fabric around the business core. We do not have Chicago’s core, but who says Saint Louis cannot develop a different model?

          Turning back the trend of retailers moving into the city is folly. Retailers are going into cities nationwide because their data collection shows a decided shift to the city. They are moving to be nearer to their urban; ie walking customers.

          I don’t have the same fear of big box retail because it is coming to an end. This development may see many tenants, many iterations over the next 50 years. Just as Bob Cassilly breathed life into an abandoned factory, I believe many of the big boxes will eventually be re-purposed–eventually.

          The tide of modernization is leaves debris behind but in these stronger developments I see the possibility of a dense multi-layered, contiguous city–not just a series of lovely ‘four corners’.

          • dempster holland

            by nature, a store which primarily serves walkable
            customers will have a quite small customer base, ie
            those within a 15 minute walking distance. As a conse-
            quence, such stores will have less economy of scale
            and therefore higher prices and probably a less
            varied selection. So far, people have seemed to pre-
            fer the bigger stores and are not very interested in
            advancing the new urbanism agenda Given all this
            I am not sure how you avoid the auto-centric form of
            retail trade, short of gasoline costing 10 to 15 dollars
            a gallon which, at some point on the future, it will

      • dempster holland

        Granted that it would be nice if the city attracted more uoscale
        residents, But this does raise the question about where the
        downscale residents go. Most people will say “just go some-
        where else” but they won’t just disappear. The central city has
        always been the place of refuge for those down on their luck, and if that availability is lessened some substitute must be found

        • Ann Wimsatt

          Exactly. I lived in the East Village in the early 80s. Is there a humane way to gentrify?

          Saint Louis spent 60 years decrying its ‘decay’ and here it is, possibly on the edge of what appears to be market driven gentrification. A wide, creative discussion on gentrification would be compelling.

  • Hilary

    Are there truly urban Ikea’s located anywhere in the US? I would like to be proven wrong, but I don’t think so. Also, as I understand it, they want to be close to a freeway interchange – is the proposed new one close enough? For all their appeal to urban dwellers, they typically locate in the farthest reaches of suburbia. I’m ever hopeful, but why would they change their site requirements for St. Louis?

    • Alex Ihnen

      It’s not easy to be “truly urban” with a 500K sqft footprint and the parking that goes with a store that large. However, there are some good examples of better-designed IKEA stores. IKEA locations are mixed. Though often is far-flung suburbia, Atlanta’s IKEA is located in an area similar to STL’s Midtown. The Minneapolis (Bloomington, MN) IKEA has a footprint very near the Midtown site. The nextSTL IKEA story: http://nextstl.com/central-corridor/ikea-notes

    • Roscoe Lee Brown

      There is an Ikea in New Haven, located a mile from the village green & Yale. True to form, the store is smack next to I-95. Unfortunately, they built it on the site of Marcel Breuer’s iconic Armstrong Rubber building, demolishing part of the structure to make room for parking.

  • Charlie

    Now to built some nice stuff down Vendeventer. Get rid of all those run-down buildings and cracked parking lots. Replace that bus lot and shitty-looking Goodwill with some sleek new glass high-rise, maybe? I can dream. No matter what, SLU and CORTEX need to melt into The Grove somehow or another.

  • John R

    Strange article over at St. Louis Bus Journal…. it says UIC bought 222 Vandeventer and that a tech firm will be moving into it from the County. The address appears to located in what would be the SE portion of the Midtown Station development. However, the article also says the building is in the Botanical Hts neighborhood and part of the Liggett National Historic District, which is further south of 222 Vandeventer and located in the UIC core. Unless UIC ventured beyond Vandergrove, I suspect — and hope — that Bus Journal got the wrong address. Anyway, it is an interesting development either way.

    • John R

      oops…. 222 Vandeventer would be the SW portion of the project as shown on the map.

    • John R

      Bus Journal has now corrected the address and it is 1520 Vandeventer…. so this will be around the corner from Tower Grove Mews — between Tower Grove Ave and I-44. Very nice to see new tech employment coming to the Vandergrove and Greater Cortex area, which seemed to be part of the attraction to the company, GadellNet. Another feather in UIC’s cap!

  • tg

    Wonder if any new developments have been released for Midtown Station since this article is now a year old.

    • Alex Ihnen

      Nothing more has been released. With IKEA having broken ground, the project should be marketable. The more time it takes the better project we may see.