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Major redevelopment planned for Midtown St. Louis

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By Brian Feldman, News 4 Reporter

A $232 million redevelopment is planned for Midtown St. Louis along Forest Park Avenue starting this summer.  The site is between Vandeventer and Spring avenues on the north side of Interstate 64.  An old foundry building is being redone in addition to five new buildings.

A food hall, a grocery, a hotel and an apartment complex are in the works along with office buildings and other mixed use ideas such as retail.

“When we open this foundry, which is going to be a food hall and a retail center like nothing that you’ve ever seen before, everyone in the St. Louis region is going to know about it,” Lawrence Group CEO Steve Smith told News 4.

Site cleanup is expected to begin this summer with construction ticketed for next year.  The hope is to have phase one complete by 2018 with the rest done within a five year span.  More than 2500 jobs are expected to be needed on-site, most of them new.  

“This central corridor is really where all the action is and I really think it’s going to transform part of how the nation sees St. Louis,” Smith said.

Smith also says there is going to be a park in the middle of the project to tie everything together.  Between that and all the living and working opportunities, the hope is to create a new life for St. Louis residents.

“This will clearly be a 24/7/365 environment where people really do (live, work and shop) there.”

A public meeting has been scheduled for next Tuesday at 5pm at the Library Annex to give out more information.  It’s expected to be standing room only due to the high level of interest in the development.

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