Train enthusiasts and history buffs gathered at the re-opening of Union Station yesterday in downtown St. Louis. The newly rehabbed train station and hotel kicked off its inaugural weekend by celebrating National Train Day.
Beginning in 1942 and for around three decades – no one seems to know for sure – a massive mural depicting a flurry of commercial activity along the St. Louis riverfront peered down upon the ticket counter at Union Station.
The new owners of Union Station in downtown St. Louis say excursion trains could be rolling from its platforms this time next year.
St. Louis-based Lodging Hospitality Management purchased the 1894 train station and adjacent hotel in October and plans a $50 million upgrade of the property, though that does not appear to include the cost of rehabbing the canopies over the train tracks and any work that would have to be done to accommodate trains.
The $50 million plan to redevelop St. Louis' historic Union Station focuses on improvements to the Marriott Hotel, not the struggling retail space.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the St. Louis Development Corp. board voted 4-0 Thursday to award $5 million in federal tax credits to Lodging Hospitality Management, which has a contract to buy the former train station that was turned into a retail center and hotel.
Updated 5:44 p.m. with information from the St. Louis Business Journal.
St. Louis Union Station could soon get a transformation.
The one-time railroad terminal turned into a retail center has been struggling for many years. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that after a bidding process, a sale is nearing completion. Details of redevelopment plans have not been released.
A parade will be held in downtown St. Louis on Saturday honoring the men and women that served in Iraq.
The idea for the parade was started by two St. Charles men, Craig Schneider and Tom Applebaum. They approached the veterans group, The Mission Continues, with the idea and they agreed to partner with them to make the parade happen.