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    I've heard of this development project before, but never w/ artists renderings...

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    High-rise vision for Bottle District
    By Charlene Prost
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    09/13/2005


    Artist's rendering
    (Handout)

    A developer planning a $100 million project in Charlotte, N.C., is poised to become co-developer of the Bottle District in downtown St. Louis.

    Afshin Ghazi, founder of the Ghazi Co. in Charlotte, said his group had been looking for projects here when it learned about the Bottle District. The $290 million complex with restaurants, entertainment, housing and offices is planned north of the Edward Jones Dome.

    "We are finalizing all our points now. We will be involved in the project," Ghazi said. "We think St. Louis is a great market, a great sports town and a great tourist town."

    Bottle District officials have been talking with Ghazi about taking on the job of co-developer, said Matt Bernsen, the Bottle District's marketing director.

    "We're interested in partnering with a proven developer, and Ghazi does have experience."

    The 11-year-old company does mostly specialty retail and partners with others on housing and office development. Ghazi's Web site says it strives "to be on the cutting edge of real estate development."

    The EpiCentre project in downtown Charlotte, an entertainment and retail complex with a 53-story residential tower, is to rise on the site of the recently demolished convention center.

    In St. Louis, Bottle District officials plan a groundbreaking Sept. 27 for the still-evolving project, which will cover nearly 15 acres on more than six blocks. It was made public a year ago by Dan McGuire, president of McGuire Moving & Storage Co., and a team of associates and experts he assembled.

    The moving company occupies a 101-year-old building that's to be recycled for housing as part of the project after McGuire moves to another location.

    The property is near a $400 million casino complex Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. got under way earlier this month.

    The latest renderings, by the Studio Daniel Libeskind firm in New York City and Forum Studio at Clayco Construction Co. in St. Louis, show three condo towers that would bring a distinctive new look to the city skyline.

    The tallest tower is sketched in at 630 feet - nearly the height of the Gateway Arch. Together, the towers would have up to 700 condos.

    Bernsen said the district plans to team up with a residential developer to check out the market for that many condos and help get them built. About 100 people already have requested price and other information from the district's Web site.

    Several commercial tenants have signed letters of intent, including Rawlings All American Grille, Cabo Wabo restaurant and a Grand Prix Speedways kart-racing center. Joe Edwards, the pioneering developer in University City's Delmar Loop, plans a "boutique" bowling alley.

    Bernsen said demolition to make way for the project has started at a vacant school on the property. Later, a recycling center and warehouse will be taken down.

    At this point, he said, a construction start date has not been set.

    The city has approved tax increment financing for the project that Bernsen said will generate about $51.3 million. And, he said, "we are interviewing and considering multiple proposals for financing" from banks and other private lending sources.

    Barbara Geisman, deputy mayor for development, said St. Louis is anxious to see the project move forward.

    "It will provide new entertainment and things to do for people who visit the convention center," she said. "It will add new commercial, office and residential opportunities for people who want to be downtown in newly constructed buildings."

    And, she noted, Daniel Libeskind "is one of the top architects in the world these days, and he has accepted this commission. This will add a whole new dimension to the architecture of our city."

    The Bottle District name came, in part, from buried bottles found on the property. It's also a connection to the city's history as a hub for breweries and other bottlers. Developers also want to restore a 34-foot-tall Vess sign, shaped like a soda bottle, on the property.
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    "Can't buy what I want because it's free...
    Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
    -- Pearl Jam, from the single Corduroy

  • #2
    Sweet. I want to live on the Ghazi strip!

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    • #3
      How...quaint. A highrise actually planned in the past 20 years. How long 'til St. Louis officials find a way to screw this over and what'll be the procedure?
      If the odds are right, I'll lay some money down against it.
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      • #4
        Remember all the fanfare for St. Louis Centre? What happened there?
        Make America Great For Once.

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        • #5
          The architectectual firm is the same one that just won the redesign for the World Trade Center. I think this project is on a slightly different scale than St. Louis Centre.

          Oh wait. This is St. Louis. "Go away, you bad Arab man, with your strange and threatening ideas for our town. If Civic Progress isn't doing it, then we don't want it done!"

          Moon

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          • #6
            QUOTE(Moon Man @ Sep 14 2005, 08:09 PM) Quoted post

            The architectectual firm is the same one that just won the redesign for the World Trade Center. I think this project is on a slightly different scale than St. Louis Centre.

            Oh wait. This is St. Louis. "Go away, you bad Arab man, with your strange and threatening ideas for our town. If Civic Progress isn't doing it, then we don't want it done!"

            Moon
            [/b][/quote]
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            "Can't buy what I want because it's free...
            Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
            -- Pearl Jam, from the single Corduroy

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            • #7
              I woud suggest that all you hotshots should start to think
              about investing in the near North side

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              • #8
                QUOTE(dalincal @ Sep 14 2005, 09:55 PM) Quoted post

                I woud suggest that all you hotshots should start to think
                about investing in the near North side
                [/b][/quote]
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                • #9
                  QUOTE(dalincal @ Sep 14 2005, 09:55 PM) Quoted post

                  I woud suggest that all you hotshots should start to think
                  about investing in the near North side
                  [/b][/quote]

                  What do you think about 9th and Washington?

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                  • #10
                    QUOTE(dalincal @ Sep 14 2005, 09:55 PM) Quoted post

                    I woud suggest that all you hotshots should start to think
                    about investing in the near North side
                    [/b][/quote]

                    Done and done.
                    And if fuel prices keep climbing it'll really take off.
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                    "I didn't know you
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                    • #11
                      QUOTE(HonestBusinessMan @ Sep 14 2005, 10:11 PM) Quoted post

                      QUOTE(dalincal @ Sep 14 2005, 09:55 PM) Quoted post

                      I woud suggest that all you hotshots should start to think
                      about investing in the near North side
                      [/b][/quote]

                      What do you think about 9th and Washington?
                      [/b][/quote]
                      Well, I dig it. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif[/img]

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                      • #12
                        This is the first time I have ever heard "Bottle District" in my life.
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                        • #13
                          http://www.theghazicompany.com/future_stl.htm



                          QUOTE
                          The secret is out of the bottle. St. Louis will soon be home to a one-of-a-kind entertainment destination. It's called The Bottle District. Located just north of the Edward Jones Dome, The Bottle District is set to open in the Spring 2007. And when it does, you'll find some of the hottest restaurants, entertainment and shopping around.

                          Choose from dinner and a concert at Cabo Wabo, a 40+ mph spin around an authentic, indoor, European-style Formula One kart track at Grand Prix Speedways. Enjoy a happy hour of bowling and drinks at our bowling facility or catch your favorite sporting event on a 30 foot media wall at Rawlings All American Grille. You'll find it all in The Bottle District.[/b][/quote]

                          http://www.thebottledistrict.com is a very well done website:



                          QUOTE
                          The Bottle District is located on the north side of St. Louis’s downtown business district. The property is framed by Cole Street to the south, Broadway to the east, 7th Street to the west and Interstate Highway 70 to the north. The Edward Jones Dome and America’s Center are both located directly to the south of The Bottle District. [/b][/quote]

                          -RBB



                          -RBB

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                          • #14
                            QUOTE(RedBirdBrain @ Sep 14 2005, 10:44 PM) Quoted post





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                            I love this picture.
                            Does anyone honestly believe the puritans we have running this town are going to allow anything resembling Mardi Gras to go through this "Pie in the Sky" series of buildings?
                            I didn't think so either.
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                            "I didn't know you
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                            • #15
                              Thanks RBB - that is a cool website
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