Century-old Lafayette Square building seeing rebirth - KMOV.com

Century-old Lafayette Square building seeing rebirth

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The building known as the Old Mop Factory will soon be converted into apartments. Credit: KMOV The building known as the Old Mop Factory will soon be converted into apartments. Credit: KMOV
SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

"This building has been sitting idle since the mid-80s," said Mike Jones.

Lafayette Square archivist Mike Jones discussed the century-old factory at 1322 Dolman Street that's sat dormant for decades on the edge of his neighborhood.

"What it is now isn't a whole lot to write home about," said Jones.

But brighter days are ahead for the old, brick building. Plans have been approved to turn what's long been known as the old "Mop Factory" into 50 new apartments.

"I think it's going to be great to have this building restored and looking beautiful again," said longtime St. Louis resident Janice Edwards. 

Lafayette Square isn't alone, big moves are also in motion in Midtown with Wednesday's announcement of Austin-based movie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse Cinema adding its name onto the $187 million City Foundry development.

"New business, new restaurants, anything, I think that's good for the city," said St. Louis transplant Jeff Strong. "It's good to see the city grow."

New apartments, office space, and retail will soon occupy many of Midtown's vacant buildings.

The development even includes a new hotel at Jefferson and Locust and a shopping center made from shipping containers.  

"I think it's going to change this whole corridor," said Edwards.

"Any kind of vibrancy we can bring back to the city is good," said Strong.

"It's attracting the kind of people we want to attract: Young, urban professionals who want to come back to the city who want to be engaged," said Jones.

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