Plans to build aquarium inside Union Station pushed back -

Plans to build aquarium inside Union Station pushed back

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The original completion date for the $45 million dollar project at Union Station has been pushed back another year.

Bob O’Loughlin, CEO of Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM) who owns Union Station, says work has already been underway, but the biggest phase could take a while.

“We’re selecting an operator by the end of the year, then they’ll be drawing for six months and then there’s a 12 month construction period for the aquarium and then Ferris wheel,” said O’Loughlin. “So we’re thinking Spring 2019 at the latest.”

Earlier this year News 4 hold you about LHM’s announcement to build an aquarium inside the old retail area at Union Station.

Construction of the 75,000-square-foot St. Louis Aquarium was planned to begin in 2016, but there were hiccups.

“We’re the largest city in the US without one, so that seems kind of like a natural since union station was the largest train station in the world, literally. We had all this space and how do you fill it up? An aquarium seemed like the perfect fit,” said O’Loughlin.”

Decades ago, Union Station had a booming retail district, but it went downhill.

“As you know, downtown St. Louis has had trouble with retail for long periods of time, so we felt family entertainment would be good,” said O’Loughlin.  “We have success with the Cardinals, the Arch, the Zoo and many attractions and St. Louis so a great destination for tourist and conventions and we just wanted to add to it.”

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