Episode 4: Ben Hilliker – The Future Great City podcast by nextSTL

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It’s nextSTL.com in a podcast! In this episode we speak with Ben Hilliker, the founder and CEO of Hilliker Corp., a commercial real estate firm in St. Louis. Ben graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and was President of an engineering firm with offices in five cities, prior to entering the commercial real estate field. In 1973, Ben sold the engineering firm and went to work in commercial real estate. In 1985 he established Hilliker Corporation, which has grown to 18 full-time agents today.

Hilliker Corp. is known for its focus on challenging, and largely urban, properties. In the podcast Ben talks about the changing math of historic St. Louis warehouses where residential conversions led to a massive jump in prices and the preservation of dozens of threatened buildings. Other dynamics in the St. Louis commercial real estate are touch on as well, including the impact of the 1993 flood and the then depressed market.

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  • #Save1711Locust. #Save1711Locust. #Save1711Locust.

    To my knowledge, the roof of this beautiful downtown west property — which Hilliker Corp. owns — is still open to the elements. If he and his company are truly all in on a revived central city, then they need to immediately do basic maintenance to prevent further damage. And actively advertise this crucial E-W property to put it in the hands of a worthwhile owner and/or tenant.

    • Alex Ihnen

      Definitely share the sentiment to save 1711 Locust, but I don’t believe Hilliker owns it. They do, however, have it listed for sale at $245K. That’s cheap, and I imagine historic, brownfield, and other taxes could be in play for any redevelopment.

      Here’s the listing: http://hillikercorp.com/item/1711-locust-street-st-louis-63103/

      • Thank you. I had seen the listing on their site and improperly (?) attributed ownership to Hilliker.

        Point still stands though! Hilliker can’t effectively market a property (for rehab, anyway) if it becomes “structurally deficient”. Whoever the owners are need to be proactive in covering the roof.

    • resident

      1711 Locust is owned by Koplar Properties

    • Chicagoan

      What a gorgeous building! They don’t make ’em like that nowadays.