Friday Live Chat

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It’s back, the Friday Live Chat. You know what to do – just use the comments section below. We’re open from 2-3pm today:

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  • Alex Ihnen

    That’s a wrap, but leaving comments open for a while. There’s more development news coming soon and some news on more planning studies in and around STL.

  • John R

    Chouteau’s Grove project still on track?

    • Alex Ihnen

      Yes.

  • John R

    Do you have a run-down on where some of these big projects downtown stand with respect to the BoA approval? Thinking specifically of the Koman project in Cupples and 1706 Washington. I know there were some issues with each and wasn’t sure if that all got sorted out or not before BoA went on break.

  • Zach Shaw

    Any news out of “East of Cortex”? Is the project and tower more so a vision or a legitimate proposal with funding?

    • Alex Ihnen

      I think we’ll see dirt turning ASAP when there’s funding. There’s interest. Hopefully the vision works.

  • John R

    Are you getting TechShop membership so you can play around with cool stuff?

  • Alex Ihnen
    • Alex P

      are NIMBYs taking a toll on the latter?

      • Alex Ihnen

        I think there are a lot of parties weighing in on the project, and seemingly again, no real direction being offered by the city.

        • TIm E

          Alex, looks like PD ran a story on Stacie H, Environmental Services, plan to redevelop industrial in the area between Soulard and River is going forward. Not sure what is going forward means but they layed out how much space is being pushed for warehousing, light industrial, etc.
          ..
          Putting jobs back in the area can only help IMO

          • Alex Ihnen

            From nextSTL 7/13: https://nextstl.com/2016/07/25-year-tax-abatement-approved-40-acres-citys-near-south-riverfront/

            I’m not convinced that pre-emptive tax abatement is very smart for the city. If we’re going to do it at this scale, perhaps we just implement policy stating any new development gets X years of tax abatement. It can be scaled for the development size, jobs, historic rehabs, whatever.

          • Alex P

            My comment was aimed at the mixed use project at Russel and 44. I haven’t heard the NIMBYs’ views on the Kosciusko project, I’m sure they’ll find something to complain about.

          • Alex Ihnen

            ^Right. Well, there are no immediate residential neighbors on that Kosciusko site and I think people will generally be happy if anything happens there.

          • Alex P

            Oh, I agree. They’re used to it being industrial and B-way can handle the traffic.

      • Tim E

        Alex P, I should have put noted Alex I on my reply to Ihnen. Nextstl had a write up on industrial development the tax abatement request and your comment got me thinking about it

        It will be interesting to see if either Soulard apartment proposals as of late can get off the ground.

  • Alex Ihnen

    FYI – our next Future Great City podcast will feature John Schneider from Cincinnati. We recorded a conversation about that city’s streetcar from atop the 21C hotel on the Cincy Streetcar line. More on John: https://www.cincinnatirotary.org/events-news/calendar/2015/12/speaker-tba-13/

    • Alex P

      Wooooo peer cities!

      • Alex Ihnen

        Would like to do one on the Cultural Trail and bike share in Indy. What other cities/projects would you like to hear from?

        • Alex P

          The only thing coming to mind is the (former) BRT initiative in Nashville. Wouldn’t make for much of a podcast by itself though. I think it was pretty simple in that the state wouldn’t grant funding. Maybe we could ask them about their new convention center as well? It would be much more of a City to City episode than a specific topic.

          • Alex Ihnen

            Convention centers are a good one. We’ll be seeing more on the big plans for ours in St. Louis soon.

  • rgbose

    Any word on new tenant for former Sweetie Pies?

    • Alex Ihnen

      Nothing specific, but know of more than one interested party. I’d bet on a restaurant, not that that is breaking news!

  • rgbose

    Have the gubernatorial candidates had much to say about cities?

    • Alex Ihnen

      No. This seems rare everywhere, but especially in Missouri it doesn’t seem that saying “city”, other than hyping fear of crime, is a winning formula.

      • Brad Heap

        Not a good sign for MO. Cities are the future.

        • TIm E

          Agree, I would say cities are already the economic engines of most states as most rural economies our commodity based such as farming & those economies mechanized a while ago or tourist based with a lot of low income services jobs. it just that MO already way behind on the curve considering it has two decent metro areas to build its economy on..

          Grew up in a farm town in northern plains. The county lost population the last two census as their become less farmers and families became smaller while the farms themselves got bigger and machines got even bigger. A lot of us who pursued higher education or not simply moved onto cities to make a living.