Downtown St. Louis Construction Update: America’s Center, Union Station Aquarium and 21c Museum Hotel
As a downtown St. Louis accounting firm, we’re very interested in the new construction that comes to St. Louis and its effect on the city. Our employees work and play downtown, and it’s exciting to see our home thrive with new business and opportunity. Below are a few interesting construction projects we’re keeping an eye on around downtown St. Louis.
Fresh off a contract renewal through 2028 with Capital Sports to continue the volleyball tournaments that bring 30,000 people to America’s Center each year, city leaders have presented a plan for $175 million in renovations to expand America’s Center. To remain competitive with nearby cities, the plan calls for the addition of a 65,000 square foot ballroom, 92,000 square feet of new exhibit space, and a new pavilion. The developers hope to capitalize on the revitalization of Laclede’s Landing and the Arch Grounds and breathe new life into downtown St. Louis.
Union Station Aquarium
Drive downtown and you will notice the gigantic legs of the observation wheel at the Union Station Aquarium. The wheel is expected to open in October 2019 and will include 42 climate-controlled gondolas. The two-hundred-foot attraction is sure to be a landmark for downtown St. Louis for many years to come. Inside Union Station, the formation of the 75,000 aquarium is beginning to take shape. Expecting to open in December 2019, the Aquarium welcomed its first aquatic resident this summer, a blue lobster gifted by a restaurateur from Cape Cod after the Blues won the Stanley Cup.
21c Museum Hotel
The award-winning hotel and restaurant group, 21c Museum Hotels is working to restore the old YMCA building on Locust Street in downtown St. Louis. Founded by contemporary art collectors and preservationists, the Company has worked to preserve historic buildings across the Midwest. The hotel is expected to be completed in 2020.
The Anders Construction Group stays up to date on the latest projects in our own backyard. Stay tuned for more details on upcoming St. Louis construction projects.